Are there any herbs that you kind of adore?  For me, that herb is basil.  Not only do I love the smell of it, I also love that there are about a bazillion different kinds.  This year, I went and planted me an entire herb garden of just basil.  Crazy, huh?

It’s a great idea for container planting; I used an old strawberry pot, which I find works much better for herbs than for strawberries.  Here’s how my basil garden shaped up:

Here’s what I’ve got in there, starting in the main section on the top and going around clockwise: “Dark Opal” purple basil; sweet Italian large leaf basil; “Thai Magic” basil; spicy bush basil; and “Mrs. Burns” lemon basil.  What you don’t see around the back is Greek columnar basil and cinnamon basil.  Did you know there were that many types of basil?  And I purchased them all as seedlings at a nursery.  You can grow even more, and more exotic, types if you order them as seed.

If you’re interested in trying a single-herb garden, might I suggest a few herbs that have some lovely variants?  I think basil is the most easily sourced, but you could also try:


  • variegated sage, or tricolor garden sage
  • purple sage (I’ve got one of these this year)
  • pineapple sage (I bought one of these, too, and it’s doing fanstastically)
  • Berrgarten sage (very big leaves)
  • white sage

You can get various combinations of these herbs at Mountain Valley GrowersJohnny’s Selected Seeds or through your local garden center.


  • sweet marjoram (I’m still confused about the relationship between marjoram and oregano, but apparently all marjorams are oreganos, if that clears it up at all)
  • golden oregano
  • Greek oregano
  • variegated oregano
  • Italian oregano

These are available from Pantry Garden Herbs and your local nursery.


  • spearmint
  • peppermint
  • pineapple mint
  • chocolate mint
  • English mint
  • apple mint
  • basil mint
  • Moroccan mint
  • Egyptian mint
  • … and the list goes on

There are 16 varieties available at Mountain Valley Growers, and your local garden shop should have a good selection as well.

These are just a few suggestions.  There are plenty of other herbs that come in many varieties, like thyme or lavender, that you can plant in a single-herb garden.

Are you going to try planting multiple varieties of one kind of herb?



Leave a Comment

  • May 8, 2010, 2:55 am Suz

    Great idea! I never really think of all the other varieties of herb. I might have a go with basil, as it’s my favourite too.

    I love that little strawberry pot!

  • May 8, 2010, 11:15 am Amy

    Love that pot!! Clever you. And funny, I was just thinking last week down at the farmer’s market that I wanted to do a collection of different thymes.

    I am basil-crazy myself, but mostly the straight ital variety for the Annual Making O’ the Pesto. I do that one, Genovese, from seed. Husband really likes the thai kind, so I buy him a seedling or two each spring.

  • May 8, 2010, 12:24 pm Erica Long

    Adorable pot. Looks like a Spanish-style Smurf house!

  • May 25, 2014, 10:59 am Megan

    I am thinking of doing this. Did it woke out for you? Would you do it in this pot again?

    • May 25, 2014, 11:09 am Beth

      Yes, it works out great; the hardest part is just keeping it evenly watered. And you won’t have a huge harvest of any one type, but for me that was fine. It’s beautiful in the garden, too!