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Herb garden ideas for your home

By Elise Hodge

Updated: May 1st, 2022

There's nothing like the fresh flavour of home grown herbs!

There’s nothing like picking fresh herbs and adding them straight into a fresh meal – yum! Do you know how much better your food would taste if the herbs were grown from your very own garden? I do! I’ve always loved having a herb garden as it’s not only a great way to save money because you no longer have to buy herbs but it is SO rewarding to grow and tend to your own produce. And the best news yet is that it doesn’t matter how big your home is or small your apartment, there are plenty of herb garden ideas for any space.

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Growing your own herbs is also an amazing practice to teach kids. From planting seeds, giving the plant enough light and water, seeing it grow and then being able to enjoy it provides so much joy. Nurturing and seeing things grow right before my eyes really gives me a deeper appreciation for the earth and how we can positively impact it.

Here are 25+ herb garden ideas to get you started.

1. Indoor jar decor

If you’re wanting to add some greenery to your home, growing herbs in mason jars is the trick for you. All you’ll need is the mason jars to put the soil into, your favourite herbs and some jute twine to tie around them and attach a label to. Make sure you place your herbs in a sunny spot or take them outside every so often so that they can bask in the rays and stay happy and healthy!

2. Repurposed mugs or jugs

If you’re anything like me, you probably have one too many mugs and possibly some that don’t even get used. So why not repurpose some of them? Planting herbs into old mugs or jugs will give them new life and also double as cute decor for your kitchen. How very sustainable!

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Source: Photo by Paula Brustur on Unsplash

3. Herb drawers

Another clever way of utilising something that may not be necessarily intended for plants but that works so well is to repurpose old dresser drawers.

4. Labelled garden

Make it easier to remember what you’ve planted with sweet blackboard signs that clearly label each plant. You will never wonder what’s in your planter ever again!

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5. Convenient cart

Why not set up a convenient little herb cart, much like a bar cart, so you can wheel your plants around to follow the sun! Create a country homestead feel by adding a slick of pastel paint to a cart to give it the style lift it deserves. You could also paint your herb pots in the same perfectly pastel colour scheme for a cute look.

6. On the window sill

If you’re not really much of a gardener, don’t let that stop you from growing your own herbs. You can totally start small and build up to something a little bigger once you’re feeling more confident. I love the idea of having a couple of little pots growing your favourite herbs sitting on the window sill ready to freshen up all your meals.

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7. Ladder shelf

This ladder shelf is all things sophisticated and chic. The neat white shelves and white pots really make this area look organised and tidy. How convenient would it be to have all your favourite herbs in the one place ready to go? Plus this special display would be so easy to recreate. You can also mix it with other indoor plants—no need to only stick to herbs!

Here are some more indoor plants if you’re looking for something a little different.

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8. Kokedama herb garden

Kokedamas are so in right now and I just love the idea of incorporating herbs into them! These could sit on a table as a decor piece or even hang from a ceiling – the placement of them is totally up to you! But no matter where they’re placed, they will look so on trend and will be a feature of your space.

9. Watering can decor

How sweet is this little watering can sprouting delicious mint leaves? This would be the perfect decor addition to any indoor or outdoor space. Plus, you’d always have mint at the ready for a mojito or two – cheers!

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10. Creative planters

You can use almost anything you can imagine to contain your herbs. Be as creative as you like, and create a memorable and novel display of herbs that will impress your guests! It might be a series of cute vintage watering cans like the one above, hanging on your fence. Or it might even be planting herbs in old gumboots—the only limit is your imagination!

11. Dress up the stairs

If you have a boring staircase that’s looking a little bare, grab a few pots and plant some herbs in them, then place them on the side of each step. This little trick is so easy yet effective and will definitely be a crowd pleaser for all your guests as they come up and down the stairs.

12. Wooden planter herb garden

Of course there are traditional planter boxes that come in so many shapes and sizes and they’re perfect for people who love a neatly contained herb garden, whether in the backyard or on the balcony. If growing them in your backyard, you could even match the timber to your fence timber to make the whole instalment blend into its surroundings seamlessly. Or paint them a different colour to have them visually pop!

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Draw inspiration from more creative raised garden bed ideas.

13. Caged structure

A caged structure around your herbs is a great way to keep them contained, while also training them to grow tall in an enclosed space. TIP: Having mint in your garden will attract handy little insects that will repel any creatures you don’t want lurking around.

14. Pot variety

If you’ve got random empty pots hanging around at home, now is your chance to get your DIY on and do some planting. They don’t need to be matched to form an ensemble, as long as they have some element in common, whether it’s size, colour or material. Here, a range of simple different sized terracotta pots looks lovely.

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15. Burlap planters

If you’re wanting something a little different than a standard pot to plant your herbs in, then a little burlap bag will do the trick! They look rustic and cute, and would also be such a sweet first home gift or just something to make someone feel special as it looks sweet and it’s practical.

16. Up the wall

I just love how rustic this herb garden approach is! I love how the wooden planters are attached up the wall and complement the whitewashed brick of the house walls.

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17. Stone border

Create a border around your herb garden, such as with stones. Putting a border around your herb garden will not only keep things neat and tidy but it will also (hopefully) keep little feet from running through the middle!

18. Kitchen convenience

The convenience of this kitchen herb garden is making my heart sing! If you’re lucky enough to have a kitchen that allows for plenty of light beaming in, then this is the perfect herb garden solution for you! I can just imagine cooking up a storm and taking my pick of all my lovely homegrown fresh herbs on offer.

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Source: Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

19. Eggshell sprouts

Who else remembers doing this in primary school: growing herbs in broken eggshells? If you’re looking for a zero waste solution to a herb garden, planting your seedlings in an eggshell is such a cool idea. Then once they are ready to go, they can very easily be transported and planted straight into a larger scale herb garden. This would also be such a fun project to do with the kids!

20. Neat and minimal

If you love a neat minimalist look then opt for identical planter boxes like these little ones. I like the timber tray underneath—this white and wood look is perfect for a coastal home!

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21. Swirling plant frame

This swirling plant frame would be a very ornate way to style the pots from your herb garden. Getting them off the ground and onto a display such as this will definitely make your garden go from drab to fab in the blink of an eye.

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22. Hanging herbs

Hanging your herbs in pretty macrame holders in your kitchen is great way to save space while keeping your herbs close to hand. Using macrame is such a great way to liven up a space and you can even paint it to suit your kitchen colour scheme.

23. Urban gardening

How cute is this little urban, inner-city garden set up? This would be a great little project to do with kids. It’s also a great example of what you can create even if you live in a tiny space! All you’ll need is some unique containers like these Japanese cubes, some soil and seedlings–easy peasy!

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If you’re wanting to grow your own herbs, learn more about how to propagate plants successfully from both cuttings and seeds.

24. BBQ DIY

When it comes to upcyling and repurposing, why not take advantage of that old BBQ in the shed. All you’ll need to do is give it a clean with a high-pressure hose then dry it down thoroughly and then it will be ready for soil. I love that a BBQ turned planter DIY is so simple and effective. You can barely even tell what its past life involved!

25. Floating shelves

Last but not least, don’t forget that an easy way to bring a herb garden into your kitchen is to install floating shelves. They will go perfectly against any window sill that brings in lots of light. Floating shelves are also so handy for adding in kitchen décor amongst the plants as well.

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Source: Photo by Nico on Unsplash

So, there we have it – 25+ herb garden ideas to get your creative thoughts flowing! I especially love the various ways you can bring herbs into the house so they are nice and convenient for the kitchen. And I also love the herb gardens that are picture perfect with fairy light instalments. Which herb garden ideas are do you want to try? Let me know in the comments below!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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