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
- 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.
- 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?