The Q&A Archives: Herbs in Containers

Question: I live in NYC and would like to plant differing herbs in containers.What do you suggest and which should I group with one another. They would be outside in full sun/possible some in part sun. Thanks. Roger Jones

Answer: Many herbs will do well in containers over the summer. You might try different kinds of basil, parsley, dill and cilantro as well as lemon grass and lemon verbena. These are all treated as annuals. Some plants that can be overwintered indoors as potted plants include rosemary and the bay tree. Perennials to try include sage, chives, lavender, the various mints, thymes and oregano. The perennials may or may not survive the winter in containers, but will have a better chance if you can move the container to a sheltered spot and insulate the rootballs somehow. Choose the herbs you love the most and group 3-5 in a large container, 2-3 in a smaller container. Most herbs make great companions because they all have the same growing requirements - sunshine and moisture. So, mix and match and be sure to snip them back periodically to enjoy in the kitchen and to help keep the plants growing thick and full. Best wishes with your container garden!

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