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15 DIY Herb Garden Ideas for Beginners and Experts

With warm weather upon us, it’s time to create an herb garden that will benefit your family and friends. If you aren’t an expert at growing herbs, that’s OK. I have 15 DIY herb garden ideas for beginners and experts.

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just beginning your journey into the world of greenery, there’s something for everyone in this comprehensive group of resources.

I’ve included ideas from simple container gardens for small spaces to elaborate ground plots bursting with aromatic herbs.

The authors of these herb garden resources really know their stuff. From annual and perennial herbs to ones for sun and shade and planting zones, I’ve gathered a variety of herb info that will provide you with the knowledge to have a beautiful and successful herb garden.

For beginners, starting a DIY herb garden can seem daunting.

This time of year, when the chance of frost has ended, is the perfect time to start your own DIY herb garden.

With the right guidance and a bit of creativity, you’ll be growing your own fresh herbs in no time.

After reading through these 15 DIY herb garden resources, you’ll be ready to gather your favorite herbs of your choice and know how to plant them – shade or sun, inside or outside, individually or grouped together.

These experts walk you through the basics of selecting the perfect herbs for your space, whether it’s a sunny windowsill or a shady corner of your backyard.

For those with a bit more experience, there is plenty of advanced techniques and design ideas to take your herb garden to the next level.

Best Herbs to Grow

Here’s a list of some of the most popular herbs to grow in your DIY herb garden.

  1. Basil
  2. Mint
  3. Rosemary
  4. Thyme
  5. Parsley
  6. Chives
  7. Sage
  8. Cilantro (Coriander)
  9. Oregano
  10. Dill
  11. Lavender
  12. Lemongrass
  13. Tarragon
  14. Marjoram
  15. Bay Leaves

These herbs are not only versatile for use in the kitchen, but many of them also have medicinal properties and can be used for aromatherapy and homemade skincare products.

They’re also relatively easy to grow, making them perfect for beginners and seasoned gardeners alike.

Sweet Shark and I have grown herbs in pots for many years. Since we love to cook, we value having fresh herbs ready to use in our recipes.

Last year, we took a small area in the back of our yard and made an in-ground herb garden. We have thyme, oregano, parsley, chives, rosemary, and basil.

This area of the backyard gets enough sun for the herbs to thrive.

I found the old garden fencing in Salado, Texas, over 20 years ago.

small herb garden with vintage fencing

I enjoy cutting a stem of rosemary, thyme, chives, or oregano to use in a dish. There’s something incredibly satisfying about snipping a handful of basil or rosemary from your own garden to garnish a recipe.

Our sage plant is so big (It’s a perennial in our zone 8.) that it stayed in a large pot. Mint in two flavors are grown in two separate pots.

sage and mint in containers in the herb garden

I can’t wait to have enough basil in a few weeks to make a big batch of pesto.

basil in the herb garden

But why bother growing herbs at home in the first place? The benefits are endless! Not only do fresh herbs add flavor and depth to your culinary creations, but they also offer a host of health benefits and can even save you money in the long run.

It’s so fun to watch the herbs grow. I love the smell of the herbs.


The Benefits of Growing Herbs at Home

Here’s a comprehensive list of reasons to grow herbs at home:

  • Access to fresh, flavorful herbs for cooking.
  • Cost savings compared to purchasing herbs from the store.
  • Ability to control and monitor the use of pesticides and chemicals.
  • Aesthetic enhancement of indoor and outdoor spaces with greenery and fragrance
  • Opportunity for therapeutic and stress-relieving gardening activities.
  • Reducing carbon footprint associated with herb transportation.
  • Availability of medicinal herbs for home remedies and natural healthcare.
  • Educational opportunities for children and adults to learn about plant growth and cultivation – my granddaughters loved choosing herbs last summer.
  • They attract beneficial insects and pollinators to the garden.
  • Satisfaction of self-sufficiency and pride in cultivating one’s own herbs.
  • Fresh herbs from the garden last so much longer than the ones from the grocery store.

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15 Resources for Growing Herbs

15 DIY Herb Garden Ideas

You may have gardening books in your home to help you plant and grow the best herbs.

If you go through all these posts that focus on one aspect of growing an herb garden, you will have a broad and deep understanding of what it takes to grow herbs successfully.

Have fun and happy gardening.

growing basil and parsley in container

Planting Herbs Together

Natasha and Angela of Together Family Time are devoted to growing herbs for their small family and the environment.

multiple herbs planted in one container

Growing Herbs in One Pot

Amy of Gardening Know How shares how to plant herbs together in one container. She teaches you what herbs are compatible with one another.

herb garden planted in a galvanized tub with "garden" written it.

Galvanized Containers for Herbs

Michelle of Our Crafty Mom shows how to use galvanized containers as an effective way to grow herbs.

variety of herbs growing in terra cotta pots.

Unique Garden Ideas

Kasi of Bless My Weeds shares how to use a variety of ways to grow herbs.

purple flower of chives in an herb garden

Herbs to Grow in Your Shady Areas

Do you think you can’t grow herbs because you only have shade areas? Isis of Family Food Garden shows you how and what herbs can grow in the shade.

lavender in a hanging basket in a DIY herb garden

Herbs for Hanging Baskets

Do you have limited space for growing herbs? Did you now that you can grow herbs in hanging baskets? Sayush of Balcony Garden Web shares everything you need to know about growing herbs in hanging baskets.

rosemary growing in a perennial herb garden

Perennial Herb Garden

Susannah of Healthy Green Savvy shares what herbs are perennials and how to use them in your herb garden.

herbs growing in an herb garden


Do’s and Dont’s of Herb Gardening

It’s always nice to now the do’s and don’ts of anything. Sydney of Western Gardening shared 5 practices to follow for producing the best herb garden.

multiple herbs in one container

One Container = Many Herbs

Rachel of This Lovely Little Farmhouse shares how to use a single container to grow multiple types of herbs.

Basil growing in a grey container

Patio Herb Garden

Adrianna of Backyard Garden Lover shows how to have a lovely herb garden on your patio. The manager of the Waldorf Astoria was the inspiration for this container of beautiful basket.

herb garden made from a wood pallet.

DIY Pallet Herb Garden

Short of space? Stephanie of Garden on Lee Town demonstrates how to use a pallet to make a great planter for multiple herbs that doesn’t take of much space.

planting basil in an herb garden.

Herb Garden Basics

Tasha of The Frugal Farmgirl gives lessons in how to create a prolific herb garden.

combining flowers and herbs in an herb garden

How to Combine Herbs and Flowers

Jessica of Homegrown Food and Flowers advises how to grow herbs and flowers in one space.

growing different herbs together in an herb garden

What Herbs You Should Not Grow Together

Here’s the article for beginner herb growers: Joyce of Garden for Beginners shares what herbs not to plant together for maximum delivery.

sprig of basil from an indoor herb garden on a wood cutting board.

What Herbs to Grow Indoors

Can you grow herbs indoors? Yes, and Kristen of Earth Friendly Tips tells you exactly which herbs will thrive indoors. Great for those of us who live in climates way to hot or too cold for herbs.

Want to keep all these herb garden ideas? Be sure to PIN to keep these ideas handy. You might want to check my Pinterest Board, Flowers and Gardening.

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