20 Indoor herb garden ideas

By Elise Hodge

Published: June 21st, 2023

Got a small place? No worries! Pick herbs from your kitchen with an indoor herb garden!

Using the freshest ingredients can elevate your dining experience. Luckily, you don’t need to be a chef to be able to enjoy this. Creating an indoor herb garden is a great place to start if you want to improve your meals as a home cook.

Herb gardens are easy to start, even in small spaces. All you’ll need is a designated nook to keep the greens, enough sunlight, and an established watering schedule depending on the plants you choose to grow.

If you’re keen on getting started, read on to find indoor herb garden ideas you can incorporate into your own home.

1. Mismatched pots

unique set of mismatched pots

The beauty of mismatched pots is the ease of adding newer plants to the mix without worrying about it looking out of place.

2. Sink side

potted herbs by sink with garden view

Looking for more convenience? Situate your herbs by the sink for easy access when watering them. Don’t forget to add blinds to help control the light if there’s a window by your wash area.

3. Hydroponic herb garden

small hydroponic house for herbs

If you’re serious about indoor gardening, you may be interested in hydroponic gardening. This technique allows you to grow plants with a unique water-based solution instead of soil. You can use LED as a light source if you have limited sunlight filtering through your home.

4. Mason jars

fresh herbs grown in mason jars

Mason jars are perhaps the most commonly used material for DIY projects. They’re no strangers to herb gardens as well. They’re inexpensive and allow enough room for the greens to grow instead of keeping them in smaller pots.

5. Eco-friendly potting

coconut shell planters

Conscious of your carbon footprint? Opt for an eco-friendly potting solution using materials like coconut husks for your herbs. Coconut husks, for example, provide plants with the best growing condition as they can hold moisture longer while allowing oxygen to flow better throughout the soil.

6. Grouping in baskets

group of herbs in basket

You can organise your herbs by grouping them in neat little baskets. This makes it easier to relocate them in bulk when they’ve had enough sunlight from the window.

7. Macramé hangers

macrame hangers for planters

Macramé hangers will always be a staple for indoor planters. They’re a great way to display greens of every kind without cluttering any shelf or storage space.

8. Miniature greenhouse

miniature greenhouse for fresh herbs

No space, no problem. Bring in a small cold-frame house to start your own miniature greenhouse. This helps control the environment in which your plant grows. The greenhouse you choose should have secure sealing like rubber or a zipper to insulate the space properly.

9. Wooden box

fresh herbs in wood box planter

Wooden boxes are a great alternative to planters if you want another natural, more rustic material to house your greens. Don’t forget to ensure the crate is deep enough for the herbs you want to grow.

10. Terracotta pots

Terracotta pots are a timeless choice for planters. They bring an earthy warmth to any space.

11. Labeled herb shelf

labeled herb garden

As you grow your garden of greens, it’s easy to lose track of what you have. Keeping them arranged neatly on a shelf with their own labels is a great way to organise them all.

12. Uniform pottery

set of potted herbs

Keep your space looking tidy by keeping a collection of the same pots for your herb garden. Having spares on hand is a great way to ensure you’ll have enough when you want to expand your range of greens.

13. Ladder shelf

charming upcycled ladder to plant rack

Want a more permanent space for your herb garden? Consider upcycling a ladder to use as a shelf. This provides more storage space climbing upward instead of taking up more room on countertops.

14. Upcycled garden wall

upcycled wood pallet to hanging garden

If you enjoy DIY projects, you can always upcycle wood materials like pallet crates. Turn them into wall hangers for your greens and allow them to sprout naturally in a space that doesn’t add clutter to your home.

15. Herb trolley

makeshift herb garden trolley

Trolleys are a great storage unit for a herb garden, especially if your collection of greens has expanded. Not only does it make it easy to transport them all for their scheduled care, but it can also double as beautiful decor easily.

16. Catch-all saucer

herb planters on counter

When you’re housing multiple planters of herbs indoors, especially on a counter, you’ll want to prevent any unwanted leaks from happening after watering them. Add a catch-all saucer to protect your tabletops and shelves from damage.

17. All-in-one planter

mixed herbs in a planter

If you have limited space but still want a herb garden at your place, you may be pleased to know that you can grow different herbs in one pot. The only catch is that you’ll need to ensure the plants require the same amount of care, such as sunlight, water, and soil nutrition.

18. Modern planter

fresh herbs in modern planter

Modern planters these days come in many sleek designs that are easy to blend into the home, whatever your interiors may be. Growing your herbs from a modern planter is a great way to add more life to your decor seamlessly.

19. Shallow container

transparent shallow planter for mini herb garden

If you’re working with plants that have short root systems, like basil, garden cress, and thyme, you can situate them in shallow containers. Soil four to six inches deep will be enough to allow these greens to thrive.

20. Glass jars

fresh basil in glass jars

For a more stylish start to herb gardening, you can use glass jars you might already have lying around the house. They should have enough height for the greens to thrive.

Whether you’re interested in eventually growing your own produce or just looking to spice up your meals with fresh herbs, creating a mini garden indoors is entirely possible. Hopefully, you’ve found inspiration in these herb garden ideas.


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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