Herbs are my very favorite plants to grow in the garden.
Not only are they useful for cooking and health enhancement, but they’re also generally one of the easiest kinds of plants to grow.
This year I had one major goal for the herb garden: to expand it by propagation. Some of the herbs were divided; for most of them I took cuttings.
Now I have a collection of new plants that need homes.
Rather than just plopping them into another pot or space in the raised bed, I decided to take a few and make something pretty.
Vignettes are a lovely way to add interest and charm to any area. By choosing a few or many elements, similar or varying textures and colors, and varying heights, you can create a specific mood with the materials you choose.
For this vignette, I wanted to capture the warmth and bounty of summer with a few classic herbs that not only look great together, but are also commonly used in the kitchen together: basil, thyme, and oregano.
The varying heights, leaf size, and shades of these three herbs, as well as the varying pot sizes will add interest and create a beautiful little collection that can add charm to your patio or deck, adorn an area in your garden, or sit beside a sunny kitchen window.
Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1- 12-inch terracotta saucer
- 1- 4 1/2-inch terracotta pot
- 1- 5-inch terracotta pot
- 1- 6-inch terracotta pot
- about 3 cups pea gravel
- potting soil
- about 5 feet of ribbon
- 1 basil plant
- 1 thyme plant
- 1 oregano plant
Start by putting a little soil in the bottom of each pot. Place the oregano plant in the 6-inch pot, the basil in the 5-inch pot, and the thyme in the 4-1/2-inch pot. Top the pots with additional soil.
Pour the pea gravel into the saucer and arrange the pots – placing the larger pots in back and the small pot in front of them.
Wrap the ribbon around the pots and tie a bow on the front. If you have trouble with the ribbon slipping down, apply a drop of super glue on each of the pots behind the ribbon.
Water your herbs and put them wherever you can best enjoy them.
Since basil can’t tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees, plan to move your vignette indoors once cooler temperatures arrive and enjoy fresh herbs all winter long.