Herb gardening in containers is one of the healthiest, and most rewarding gardening exercises available to those that are limited by small-spaces. When growing herbs one can benefit both the growth and yield of both plants by planting herbs together that complement each other, with neither draining excessive water nor nutrients, but rather providing an overall benefit to each other.
Take a look below at some of our suggestions of the best companion herbs to plant together. You may also want to read this article about the best grass seed as well.
Rosemary & Sage
Both are large, woody plants, requiring the same watering habits and a similar amount of space. The scent that is cast gives a Mediterranean air to your garden, and both make wonderful additions to any red-meat or black bean based culinary cuisine.
Basil & Oregano
Both are annuals and will reseed themselves and both grow great in large containers. Given enough space they will really bush out. Just don’t plant basil nearby any other herbs, but you could plant basil & oregano outdoors nearby vegetables for your fresh vege’s to get a boost to their flavor. The smell that fills the air from this combination will keep you craving Italian food day after day.
Cilantro, Tarragon and Parsley
These biennials all need the same consistency of drainage and they all flourish in full sun. When planted together they will need frequent watering and early mulching but they can all thrive grown together in container, in an area with good airflow and at least six hours of sun.
Marjoram & Any Herb or Vegetable
Marjoram is a fragrant herb that adapts well to many varied growing conditions. It repels pests whilst strengthening the composition and improving the drainage of your soil. It is also known to enhance the flavor of nearby vegetables. Plant it wherever you have space, with another plant that requires half-shade and you are good to go.
Some other facts that can be helpful when planting herbs with companion planting in mind are:
Chives can be used to deter pesky green flies , and also keep aphids away. Another use is helping to prevent mildew or other fungus on plants.
Calendula along with several other plants can be used in attracting small flies know as hover flies.These flies are beneficial and their larvae feed on aphids.
Catnip can be used to control flea beetles. Using this plant in a border or surrounding area to help keep these insects away.