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Scented herb pot display

You will need

  • Serrated-leafed lavender, Lavandula x christiana
  • Woolly thyme, Thymus pseudolanuginosus
  • Golden-leafed sage, e.g. Salvia officinalis 'Icterina'
  • Prostrate rosemary, e.g. Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus Group
  • Wide terracotta pot, crocks, free-draining compost, horticultural grit or sand


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. Serrated-leaved lavender is an attractive alternative to ordinary lavender and looks wonderful planted with woolly thyme, golden-leafed sage and low-growing rosemary.

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

How to do it:


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.


Arrange the plants in the pot in any order you like. Top up with compost, firming it around the roots with your fingers. Stand the pot somewhere in full sun.


Neither the serrated lavender nor the woolly thyme is fully hardy, so they need to be brought indoors when the weather turns cold. The rest of the plants can remain outside in the pot.

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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