When it comes to having a herb garden, there's really nothing more satisfying than picking your very own fresh herbs for that night's dish! These herbs that grow together can be planted in just one pot or directly in your herb garden outdoors for a full, healthy harvest in no time! These herbs not only enjoy each other's company, but also feed off of each other by exchanging important nutrients and therefore, making sure your harvest is plentiful! Herbs that grow together stay together!
Herbs That Grow Together
A rule of thumb when planting any herb or vegetable together, is to make sure they have everything in common including irrigation, sun needs, and soil. Another thing to consider is the herb's height – for example, fennel grows quite tall and would like ridiculous planted alongside smaller herbs such as mint.
Herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and sage like a fairly dry soil, while basil and parsley like a little more moisture. One herb that you absolutely must always plant by itself is mint. Mint does not go well will other herbs as it will take over the entire pot and could also cross pollinate with other varieties of mint plants, such as spearmint. Herbs that like the same type of environment, will usually grow very well together! Take for example these Mediterranean herbs that can be all planted together in one pot.
Basil and Oregano
These two herbs are staples in Italian cooking, so it's no surprise that they grow well together. Basil likes lots of sun and well-drained soil, while oregano is a bit more tolerant of shady spots. Both herbs are annuals, so you'll need to replant them every year.
Rosemary and Sage
Rosemary and sage are perfect partners in the kitchen, and they're just as good growing together in your garden. Rosemary is an evergreen shrub that can get quite big, so give it some room to spread out. Sage is an annual herb that grows relatively slowly, so it's a good choice for filling in gaps between other plants.
Thyme and Marjoram
Thyme and marjoram are both low-growing herbs that make a nice filler in between taller plants. They also have nearly identical growing requirements, so they're easy to care for side-by-side. These two herbs are both perennials, so you won't need to replant them every year.
Mediterranean Herbs That Play Well Together
The follow herbs get along wonderfully when planted together! Not only do they play nice together, but they'll also make a beautiful herb arrangement when planted in a pot outdoors. Make sure to plant them in a big enough pot filled with quality potting soil so they have room to grow. Additionally, they should be placed in a sunny location.
Other Herbs That Can Be Planted Together
Tarragon, cilantro, basil, and parsley all play well together! If you're planning on growing all of these herbs together, make sure you choose a pot with good drainage holes, use quality well-draining soil, and place the pot in a sunny location. Together, they'll thrive and reward you with an abundant and fragrant bunch of herbs to enhance your next culinary dish.
Herbs and Their Vegetable Companions
Thinking about adding a few veggies along with these herbs? Herbs are a great addition to any garden, and they can provide many benefits such as attracting bees and other pollinators, deterring pests, and improving the flavor of your dishes. But did you know that certain herbs can also be beneficial when planted together? That's right – certain herbs have properties that can assist other plants when they are grown in close proximity. So, if you're looking to get the most out of your herb garden, here are a few combinations that you might want to try.
Basil and Tomatoes
Basil is a popular herb that is often used in Italian dishes. But did you know that basil can also be used to improve the flavor of tomatoes? When these two plants are grown together, the basil will help to repel pests and improve the flavor of the tomatoes.
Rosemary and Cabbage
Rosemary is another aromatic herb that is commonly used in cooking. But did you know that rosemary can also help to prevent cabbage from being attacked by pests? When planted near cabbage, rosemary will release a chemical that deters pests.
Mint and Cucumber
Mint is a refreshing herb that can be used in many different ways – from adding flavor to your favorite dishes to making homemade tea. And when mint is planted near cucumbers, it can actually help to improve the flavor of the cucumbers. Mint releases a chemical that binds with cucumber's natural sugars, making them taste even sweeter.
Oregano and Peppers
Oregano is a staple herb in many Mediterranean dishes, but it can also be a great companion for peppers. When oregano is planted near peppers, it can help to repel harmful pests and attract beneficial ones, such as bees and other pollinators. Additionally, oregano has been known to enhance the flavor of peppers.
Chives and Carrots
Chives are a flavorful herb that can add a mild onion flavor to many dishes. When planted near carrots, they can help to improve the flavor of the carrots and deter pests such as carrot rust flies. Additionally, chives can attract beneficial insects such as ladybugs and hoverflies, which can help to control pests in the garden.
Thyme and Eggplant
Thyme is a versatile herb that is often used in Mediterranean cooking. When planted near eggplant, thyme can help to repel harmful pests and attract beneficial ones, such as bees and other pollinators. Additionally, thyme can enhance the flavor of eggplant, making it a great companion plant.
In conclusion, planting herbs together can be a great way to ensure a healthy and bountiful harvest. When choosing which herbs to plant together, make sure they have similar growing requirements and take into consideration their height and growth rate. Additionally, consider planting herbs alongside vegetables to provide benefits such as improved flavor and pest control. Happy gardening!
So now that you know about these herbs that grow together, it's time to get to planting! Like this post? Share and Pin 🙂
Can you grow two different ghost pepper plants together in one pot
Yes, you absolutely can! The basic rule of thumb is that if they’re in the same family, they can be planted together.
Even sweet peppers along side of hot peppers?
Yes, you can absolutely grow hot peppers next to sweet peppers! It is a common myth that planting one next to another will affect their flavor, but it is completely untrue as peppers are self-pollinating.
for clarity, they won’t have an issue the first year, but it you save seed to replant, then you have a cross pollination issue in the plants that come from those saved seeds.
Watch that,they cross pollinate. You can get a really big surprise!
My lemon balm took over the bed. How do I keep my herbs compact?
I would suggest pulling the lemon balm out all together and planting it separately in a pot.
Once I planted the lemon balm in a bed, it took over every space in and near the garden- including the front yard, my neighbors yard etc.- contain in a small pot .
I have used a 10” plastic pot and cut the bottom out of it to Poland in a bed and keep it contained. This allows for full growth and minimizes spread. It also lets you get more things in a small garden.
Thanks, a timely tip. We have a huge front porch where we spend more time in good weather than we do inside our house. I’m planning on planting all herbs in the front porch containers instead of the decorative perennials I’ve had there in the past. The herbs I’ve put in the backyard (which we call No Man’s Land) wind up neglected, lonely and weedy. The herbs might as well live where we do!
That sounds like a great idea Mandy! We’d like to see a picture once it’s all done and set up 🙂
Could I plant mint in a raised garden bed near other herbs? Or should I plant it completely separate from everything else?
Mint should be planted separately from other herbs as it can easily take over the entire garden. Your best bet would be to grow mint in separate containers, by itself 🙂
Need to separate different ‘flavored’ mints by distance also
Interesting what you say about mint yet you place mint in the pot with other herbs in your picture. I have always placed mint in separate pot
I think the mint in the pot is spearmint…a different variety of mint. On that note, I have planted mint in a raised bed with basil and rosemary. They did not cross into one another’s territory, but I did cut them back and used all three often! 🙂
Companion planting is for real. I also use herbs with my veggies to repel undesirable insects. It totally helps
Absolutely Sharon, it really does help!
What can I plant dill with?
Hi Marylynkay! You can plant dill alongside asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, chervil, corn, lettuce, beans, cucumbers, and onions.
I planted my basil right next to my tiny tim tomatoes and it was insect free and as long as you snip it after reaching 4-6 in you should have a continuous supply of healthy and delicious basil right through until sept or so.
Thanks for the tip Maggie, that sounds like a great idea!!
Love the article! What about Stevia? What family would that fall under or would it need its own pot?
Thanks for your kind comment! I’ve never grown Stevia with other herbs before, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I believe it’s in the same family as lemon balm and sage, so it should be fine 🙂