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Herb container display

You will need

  • Red-veined sorrel, Rumex sanguineus
  • Pelargonium 'Attar of Roses'
  • Sweet woodruff, Galium odoratum
  • Calendula
  • Basil
  • Salad burnet, Sanguisorba minor
  • Old metal bath or similar container


Most herbs originate in hot, dry climates and dislike our cold, wet winters. Growing them in pots is therefore perfect because they can be brought under cover for the winter. You can also keep them near your kitchen, where you can access them easily. Herbs look fantastic in containers, too – here we've combined red-veined sorrel with geranium, basil, calendula and salad burnet.

Plant it: May
At its best: June - September
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:

Adding compost


Drill drainage holes in the base of the container, if necessary, add crocks and then fill two-thirds with compost. Cover the bottom of the pot with crocks, then fill it two-thirds with compost, mixed with a few handfuls of horticultural grit or sand.

Planting up the pot


Arrange the plants in the pot in any order you like.

Adding gravel mulch


Top up with compost, firming it around the roots with your fingers, then add a mulch of gravel to conserve moisture.

Watering the pot


Water the container well and allow to drain before moving to its final position.

Our tip

Position the pot in full sun, somewhere the plants will be brushed against so their leaves will release their aromatic oils.

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