Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:08
I grow mine in a raised bed with very good drainage, but my bay and rosemary are in large tubs as both are quite old now.
I grow the following:
Bronze fennel, common mint, chocolate mint (smells and tastes like After eights and is good on icecream), Clary Sage, blue hyssop, several different dwarf lavenders, golden marjoram, variegated sage, welsh onions (like chives but don't go to seed and can be used all year round), bergamot and cat nip for the cats. I also have a germander plant bought from Highgrove (!). Each summer I repeat sow rocket to pick, pulling it out when it bolts. I also grow flat leaved parsley. My thyme refuses to grow in the herb bed and has self seeded at the base of the garage wall in an adjacent bed, where it thrives in very poor dry soil in full sun.
I let all my herbs flower as the bees, hover flies, moths and butterflies love it. They aren't so good for picking then, but I like to see the wildlife.
Just watch out for slugs and snails as they love the rocket! That's the bonus of a raised bed as you can see them easily. I keep a slug pub topped up with cheap beer, and pop them on the edge so they die happy!