The second installment of our Modern Garden series is perfect for your balcony or rooftop garden. This week we planted a container herb garden – a wonderful way to cultivate fresh herbs in a small space.
We chose popular, easy-to-find herbal plants that can adapt well to containers and indoor spaces. A few points to remember when planting your own ceramic herb garden:
- Drainage is vital. Your containers must have holes in the bottom to facilitate adequate drainage. Modernica’s ceramic planters are not sold standard with drainage holes, but the holes can be drilled upon request at purchase, or if you prefer to DIY, you can drill them yourself with a ceramic drill bit.
- Elevation is ideal. As you can see in the photo above, we chose planters with elevated stands to further ensure proper drainage and air flow.
- Sun is essential. Herb gardens are best suited for balcony and roof gardens since they need lots of sunlight to thrive.
If you like the look of our container herb garden, you can create your own with our wide selection of Case Study Ceramics, and a few of the plants below:
Chocolate mint leaves have a delightful minty chocolate flavor, similar to the classic Girl Scout cookie. They are attractive, fragrant, and easy to grow, but you’ll want to keep them trimmed back if they are planted alongside other herbs. Mint is notorious for spreading rapidly and overcoming the plants around it.
Greek oregano has a delicious pungent flavor, claimed to be better and sharper than traditional oregano. It is a perennial warm-season herb, hardy to frost and light freezes.
While lemon balm’s clean, lemony flavor can be used in drinks and desserts much like its mint cousins, it is widely known for its calming, relaxing effects. The hardy little plant is not picky about soil, but wants lots of sun and water.
Sage is a wonderfully-versatile herb that can add flavor to vegetables, meats, soups, or stuffings. The plant wants sandy or loamy soils in full sun, but can tough through many different weather conditions.
Every kitty’s favorite herb is easy to grow and will tolerate most soil conditions. You’ll want to keep it trimmed back, since catnip loves to take over any space you put it in. The real trick is how to keep your felines from nibbling it to death.
Chives come with a double benefit of both flavor and beauty. The tasty plant acts as a great seasoning, and occasionally sprouts beautiful purple flowers that are also edible. This is one of the few herbs that can sustain colder temperatures from time to time.
Basil serves as a delicious addition to vegetable and pasta dishes, and serves several purposes in natural medicine. It is easy to grow, but is sensitive to cold temperatures so bring it inside when the weather drops below 70º F.
This herb will add distinction to your meat and seafood dishes, and is also quite easy to grow. Terragon is hardy and can withstand a range of temperatures. This particular plant prefers a little less sun than its herbal neighbors, and enjoys dappled shade throughout the day.