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Kristina R.

Easiest Herbs to Grow in a Pot or Container

 Blog  •  Published on: 09 May 2023

Growing herbs is an excellent and inexpensive way to enjoy healthy, delicious garden produce. Most herbs thrive in marginal soil and require minimal tending. Additionally, they're incredibly easy to grow and often do pretty well in small spaces, such as containers or pots. Growing herbs in containers also helps keep them in control, ensuring they reach their bushy, lush best.

However, different herbs require varying soil depths to grow well. Choose herbs that can thrive in containers. This includes herbs that have shallow roots and maintain a smaller habit. Fortunately, most container herbs are great for aromatherapy oils, culinary use, and adding natural beauty to your home. Below are some of the easiest herbs to grow in containers:

1. Basil

Basil is an easy-to-grow Italian annual herb that thrives in full sun and fertile, moist soil. It's easily grown from seed and can be kept compact, making it a great herb for growing in a small container or pot. Since they grow well in warm, sunny areas, you should consider taking your potted basil outside during the day if you live in a cold climate. When grown in a container, basil is a great companion with other herbs like thyme and parsley. However, you should ensure you space the plants accordingly since basil often requires plenty of air circulation to thrive.

When grown with other container herbs, basil adds a deep, vibrant color to the space. This herb can reach up to two feet tall, depending on the variety you choose. It requires frequent harvesting and will continue to produce when trimmed back. Make sure you pinch off any flower buds before they bloom. That's because the leaf flavor declines once it begins to flower.

2. Thyme

Thyme is another great herb for container gardening due to its compact size. It's also drought-tolerant and requires minimal tending. It requires lots of sunlight and minimal watering since it thrives when the soil is dry. Like basil, thyme is a flavorful herb, perfect for poultry dishes and soups. Great thyme varieties for culinary use include English thyme and Lemon thyme with yellow-green leaves and a strong lemon flavor and scent. Due to its low-growing nature, thyme looks great when planted at the edge of a container so the leaves can mound over it. It also prefers not too fertile soil to grow.

3. Oregano

Oregano grows fast and aggressively when planted outside in the garden, spreading throughout the space. However, planting in a container is an easy way to grow oregano and control its growth. You can easily plant oregano from cutting, seed, or division. You can plant it with other herbs or annual vegetables in a deep, wide container. This can help keep its growth contained and utilize its insect-repelling properties.

Oregano's tiny leaves pack lots of flavor, great for culinary use in marinades, bruschetta, and homemade pizza topping. Great oregano varieties for container gardening and culinary use include Greek oregano, which retains its flavor for many months, and Syrian Oregano, a tender perennial with beautiful silvery leaves.


Once you've chosen the herbs you want to grow in a container, ensure where you place them gets at least eight hours of direct sun daily and water them when necessary. Avoid adding fertilizer since most herbs perform best when grown in lean soil.


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