Beneficial Herbs to Plant in Containers
Container gardens are ideal for those without green thumbs and for those who are short on space. Almost all herbs can thrive in containers and can be placed out on your patio, front steps, or upstairs balcony. They generally require little care and will provide you with an abundance of flavor and fragrance.
Our Favorite Herbs to Grow in Containers
1. Lavender is a perennial shrub and grows well in full sun. You do not need to fertilize this herb and it does better when soil is a bit more dry. In addition to the soothing aroma it provides, you can add this herb to lemonade, iced tea, and for a lovely pound cake.
2. Lemon balm, or Melissa, is a fast spreading herb. If you do not want it spreading all over your lawn, you will definitely want to keep it contained in a pot. It has a citrus-mint aroma and needs rich and moist soil.
Tip: Did you know that lemon balm is great for the skin? It is! Find it in our Advanced Botanicals Facial Toner with Lemon Balm. This herb is cooling, cleansing, and calming.
3. Peppermint is another herb you will want to grow in your herb container garden. Like other mints, this is quite likely to spread, so keeping it in containers is wise if you don't want it growing all over. Peppermint needs lots of water and will not do well in dry conditions. You can grow it in part shade, but full sun is best. You can add a bit of the mint to your tea, in lemonade, and in other recipes. I add it with basil to my homemade marinara.
4. Rosemary does very well in terra cotta pots. Your pot needs to drain very well, and using peat moss in the pot if often recommended by the experts for this particular herb. This is another one of those herbs that you really will always want to have on hand if you're a cook. Be sure to give this herb 6 to 8 hours of sunshine a day.
Tip: Is your skin oily? Rosemary is a lovely choice for oily and acne prone skin. It can help decongest the pores and help to balance sebum. Our Advanced Botanicals Daily Cleanser and Daily Moisturizer both offer options with Rosemary and Lemongrass for oily and combination skin.
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