15 Garden Helpers – An Herb Companion Planting Guide

by | Apr 21, 2018 | Guides, Tips & Tricks, Uses | 24 comments

Herbs have many benefits on their own for cooking, health, and even aesthetics. They can also make great silent helpers to the rest of your garden. Herb companion planting can enhance the growth of some of your garden vegetables, deter pests and even improve flavors.

This quick guide will help you to plan your garden to get the most benefit for companion planting.

Herb Companion Planting Inside and Out

These methods of companion planting can be used both indoors and out. Outside gardens can benefit the most due to the larger spaces available to plant. Inside gardens can match smaller companions together in pots or near each other to reap mutual benefits.

Matured herbs that have been growing indoors through the winter offer a jump start to your garden. Mature plants are often very appealing to pollinators, and beneficial predators. This will aid your young plants and give them a chance to grow undisturbed.

If you are moving Inside plants outside make sure you harden them off first! Acclimating your plants will ensure they are not damaged by the change in conditions.

The Herb Companion Guide – 15 Garden Helpers

This Video is a Sneak Peak at what you will find in this Article:

1 – Basil

So many varieties to choose from with this flavorful herb. It loves heat so be careful not to plant or move out too early. A good rule is to plant it at the same time you would plant other warm weather crops like tomatoes.

 Learn more about Growing Basil on this site here. How to Grow Basil Indoors

Basil as a Companion Plant:

It can increase the yield of tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers. The scent deters mosquitoes and flies. It also helps mask the smell of your plants keeping them disguised form the dreaded hornworm. Basil also aids the growth of asparagus, oregano and petunia flowers.

Basil Helpers:

You can aid basil by planting chamomile or anise in the same bed or a container. It can increase the growth and flavor of your basil.

Basil Enemies:

Sage and Rue are no friends of basil and they can harm the growth.

Tips:

Indoor Container idea. Plant basil with chamomile for a pretty container with a lot of mutual benefits!

2 – Borage

I fell in love with borage flavor a few years ago. The light cucumber-like flavor is a delight in salads and teas. Better yet is I found it to be the best horn worm deterrent I have found.

Borage as a Companion Plant:

Best known to deter hornworms so plant near tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. These plants are prone to these types of worms. They can also deter cabbage and squash moths. Plant near squash, melons and cabbage family.

Friends & Enemies of Borage:

No one plant helps or is harmed by Borage. Also, Borage tilled into the soil or added to compost adds a slow release fertilizer.

Tips:

Borage tolerates cool weather and can be started earlier. This can boost pollinators in the garden in advance for many plants in the garden

3 – Chives

Chives are a perennial that can grow and be harvested for many years in US hardiness zone 3 – 9. The more they are trimmed the more they grow and flourish. The flowers draw pollinators and their scent repels many types of egg-laying moths and butterflies.

Chives as a Companion Plant:

Peppers love chives and they improve the flavor of each other. In addition, chives repel aphids on peppers and other plants. They work well with tomatoes, carrots, beets, and roses. Matured chive plantings around roses can prevent black spot, and around apple trees, scab.

Chives helpers:

Chives enjoy loose soil and do well when planted with root vegetables that allow for air flow to their roots. For example carrots, beets, and radishes. They are also particularly fond of kohlrabi even though the bulb grows above the soil.

Chive enemies:

Peas, beans, asparagus, and spinach are not friends with chives.

Tips:

Indoors Chives do great potted with herbal flower varieties like pot marigold (calendula). Or pair with fast growing veggies like radish varieties.

4 – Chamomile

This herb likes to bring out the goodness in other herbs and vegetables by helping to increase their natural oils and flavors. In addition, chamomile can be an early spring addition attracting early pollinators and beneficial predators. Predators like wasps and hoverflies can help your garden by getting rid of bad insects.

Chamomile as a companion plant:

An excellent companion to the cabbage family (Brassica family) of plants and cucumbers. They help increase their growth and flavor.

Friends & Enemies of Chamomile:

Chamomile has no enemies and grows well with about everything. Also often referred to as the nurse plant. It has long been believed that planting chamomile near your plants keeps them all healthy.

Tips:

Chamomile does well indoors with most other herbs and flowers. I like it with low growing creeping thyme, makes a pretty planting together.

5 – Cilantro/Coriander

Cilantro is the cooler weather green harvest and coriander the bolted seed of this flavorful herb. This herb likes to go out in early cool spring weather and can even tolerate some light frost.

Cilantro as a companion:

Does very well with other herbs like anise, dill, and parsley. Plant near your potato crops to deter potato beetles. Does well with greens like spinach, kale, and lettuces.

Cilantro/Coriander enemies:

Fennel. Fennel does not get along with many others but is particularly naughty with cilantro. It will wilt and die when planted together.

Tips:

To keep cilantro from bolting inside planting works well because of consistent temperatures. Looks nice with curled parsley and they benefit each other’s growth.

6 – Dill

I love pickles, but dill is so much more than that as an herb. The flavoring dill offers in so many dishes is unique. It enjoys the cool weather at the beginning of the growing season. When the heat hits it will bolt but leave it there. It makes a great food source to leave for caterpillars and butterflies to save your growing plants.

Dill as a companion plant:

Great partner with lettuce, cabbage, cucumbers, corn and onion varieties. It attracts a ton of bees and predatory wasps to your garden.

Dill enemies:

Carrots, and lavender. It also attracts hornworms so keep away from tomatoes and peppers that are a loved treat to this worm foe.

Tips:

Smaller dill fern leaf grows well indoors. I like to keep it in a pot alone or paired with nasturtiums that like to use the dill fan to climb on.

7 – Lavender

Lavender is a beautifully scented perennial that should be potted and moved closer to the garden. Direct in the garden is not very beneficial to the lavender or your plants. Excellent at attracting pollinators to the area.

Lavender as a companion plant:

Use containers of lavender near plantings of broccoli and cauliflower. It will confuse the cabbage moth and butterfly.

Lavender also repels deer! In my area deer is an issue. Natural plants that can create a barrier and confusion for deer is a plus. Plant Lavender or place containers in the corners of your garden to help deter deer.

Tips:

Lavender and Echinacea are great friends inside and out. They both have similar growing conditions and look great together!

8 – Marigolds & Pot Marigolds (Calendula)

I love how marigolds help in the garden. Word of warning though! Make sure if you plant them in the garden you pull the flower heads before fall or you will have a garden full of marigolds the next year! Calendulas are the edible flower used to make delicious teas and more.

Marigolds as companion plants:

The root nematode destroyer, the marigold! They work well with almost every vegetable and herb. They are good with beans, squash, melons, radish, carrots, tomatoes, thyme, and parsley.

Tips:

I enjoy calendula tea plus they are pretty. Indoors I like to pair them in pots with chives or any other herb to add color.

9 – Mints

Can not stress the importance of growing mint in containers enough! They will take over your garden if planted direct. Please take heed. Learn from my mistakes!

Mint is a companion plant to:

Tomato and cabbage benefits from mint when planted near. The scent of mint repels many of the enemies that like to feed on these plants. In addition, crushed mint leaves scattered around squash, melons, and brassica family act as barriers for cabbage moths and root maggots.

Many mint varieties, like lemon balm, peppermint, sweet mint, spearmint etc. are natural repellents. Planted near the garden they can help repel mosquitoes, mice, fleas, flea beetles, ants, mice and more.

Mint enemies:

Mint and parsley should be kept away from each other.

Tips:

An Indoor favorite, mint is an easy grower inside. It has limited light requirements and is very easy to care for. Read more: Growing Mint in Containers

10 – Nasturtiums

The entire nasturtium plant is edible with a delicious peppery kick. It adds beauty and benefit to the garden inside and out. This is one of my favorite herb companion planting weapons.

Nasturtiums as Companion plants:

Flavor improvement in melons, squash, and cucumbers. Also, a great attractant for caterpillars, aphids and whiteflies. When planted around the garden will draw attention away from your vegetables. They need very little calcium so benefit calcium lovers like cabbage family and tomatoes.

Tips:

Nasturtiums indoors are a pretty vining hanger for window baskets of herbs. They look great and make great additions to salads and sandwiches.

11- Parsley

Slower to start from seed but easy to grow once it gets going. Parsley makes a great companion to many plants and flowers in the garden.

Parsley as a companion plant:

Asparagus and tomatoes like parsley a lot and benefit in flavor and growth from being planted with this herb. Roses are also said to smell better when planted with parsley. Chives, carrots, corn, hot and sweet peppers, onions, and peas also all benefit from parsley as a companion.

Parsley enemy:

Parsley and Mint do not make good companions and can hurt each other’s growth and flavor potential. Basil although a mint relative does fine with parsley.

Tips:

Parsley’s unique leaf shape whether flat or curled variety looks nice paired with any flowering herb inside, or bladed herb like lemongrass or chives.

12 – Rosemary

Like lavender, rosemary should remain potted. It is a tender perennial that should be moved inside during the cooler months if you live below zone 8.

Rosemary as a companion plant:

Works as a natural repellent for many types of moths that like to feed on the brassica family of vegetables. Rosemary’s scent confuses carrot flies so potted near carrot plots can add some defense.

Rosemary helpers:

Sage thyme and rosemary are all mutually benefited when growing near each other. They increase flavor and deter predators from each other.

Rosemary enemies:

Rosemary does not like Basil and should never be in the same pot and placed too close to each other.

Tips:

Inside rosemary can be very aesthetically pleasing  and pruned into shapes for added style and appeal.

13 – Sage

A savory herb that offers unique flavors to many types of meat and rice dishes in my household. I also enjoy the smell of sage in tinctures and potpourri for relaxing anxiety. Sage makes a great herb companion planting with its wonderful smell and growth habits.

Sage as a companion plant:

Beans, carrots, brassicas like broccoli and cauliflower benefit from sage. Its strong scent repels cabbage moths, flea beetles, and carrot flies.

Sage enemies:

Cucumbers and Onions are not companions of sage and can harm each other’s growth. Rue is also said to be affected by being near sage.

Tips:

Sage is a very pretty herb to grow indoors. When it is trimmed properly it creates a beautiful bushy growth that fills a pot nicely.

14 – Thyme

I remember my first knowledge of companion planting did not come from the traditional three sisters knowledge. Corn, beans and squash companions passed on by the Native Americans but by my grandmother. She would always say “There is always thyme for strawberries”. She would plant a ring of thyme around her strawberry beds.

Thyme as a Companion Plant:

Well, strawberries for one. They attract the pollinators desired for the fruit, repel damaging insects and invading deer. In the same way, they also benefit cabbage, eggplant, potatoes, and sweet corn. The smell repels many damaging worms including corn earn worms and hornworms.

Tips:

Thyme is also very good at attracting honeybees to the garden. Creeping varieties make beautiful borders that create attractive barriers that draw in pollinators.

15 – Tarragon

The herb that pests hate! It is said that most pests are completely turned away by the scent of tarragon. Makes me love it all that much more!

Tarragon as a companion:

Eggplant loves tarragon close to it in the garden. Tarragon keeps the flea beetles away that like to tear up their leaves and improves the flavor of the fruit. It can be planted with about anything in the garden with the benefit of improved flavor and pest repelling power.

Tips:

Tarragons name origin actually means Dragon. I find that suitable as a fierce defender in the garden!

Do you companion plant with herbs?

Even if you are growing inside alone or a small space garden there are still ways to add herb companion planting to your plan. Adding one or two pairing can get the most out of your herbs and edibles.

I have had small apartments and tiny yards in my past. I would use favorite pairings in containers that I could move out on patios or a porch during the growing season. You can learn even more about another way to companion plant here, on Wikipedia.

The story about “thyme for strawberries” may be “secret” companion knowledge I gained. Many ideas I have developed about gardening have come from mentors that learned from their mentors. The heritage of gardening is a beautiful thing that I love to able to pass on.

red arrow down rightHave you companion planted an herb that is not on the list? Maybe you have a secret combination that is a sure win for success.

Drop a comment below, let’s be the mentors for the next generation.

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Author: Christina

Author: Christina

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24 Comments

  1. Linda

    Hi Christina,
    This Herb Companion Planting Guide is a terrific resource for those of us who are eager to cultivate herbs but haven’t achieved much success yet. Knowing which herbs are effective at deterring pests is extremely useful. One fact I learned that was really beneficial was that mint does well inside because it has low light requirements. I’ve tried other herbs inside with limited success. But I love mint and will be trying some pots indoors. Thanks for the great info!

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Linda,
      You’re very welcome. Many people enjoy growing inside but do not have all the light requirements needed. I wrote an article a little while ago about herbs that like shade and low herbs. You may find it useful. Herbs that grow in shade – low light herbs This could give you a few options to try besides just mint. There are many mint varieties though, all fantastic 🙂
      I also have a specific article about growing mint inside. Growing Mint in Containers Mints have very minimal needs and I found to be one of the easiest types to grow indoors. Apple mint and pineapple mint are some nice varieties that can offer versatility to flavors inside as well 🙂
      I look forward to hearing about your success!
      Christina

      Reply
  2. Fred

    Very nice post, you know I garden every year but don’t plant companion plants which I regret. I sometimes have a hard time finding what I want to plant in the herb category. About the only thing I usually use is sunflowers which attract bees and birds. I like reading about herbs and their goodness.

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Fred,
      Sunflowers are great to plant too. I have not planted any in quite some time. I have several bird feeders and seem to get stray sunflowers that pop up here and there. I miss the prettier ones. Gives me a good idea to reintroduce those to the garden as well.
      I find for most when introducing herbs to your garden is to start with ones you use. Since you have a garden already do you can or preserve your harvest? That may help guide you on what to plant. As an example, if you can pickles, dill would be an excellent option. A couple dill plants would benefit your cucumbers as they grow and serve in the recipe to pickle. Tomato sauce would be similar with basil, and oregano. You would be surprised at the difference the fresh herbs make in canning recipes, or even in regular freezing preservation.
      Thank you for the sunflower tips!
      Christina

      Reply
  3. Alex & Ann

    I just started a herb garden this year with some Rosemary, basil, and parsley. The main reason was for my recipes. I enjoy cooking and got tired of spending money on herbs that I could grow in my garden.

    It was great to know what herbs companions are so I know where to plant them. I never thought that they would work together like that but it does make sense.

    I did hear that Marigolds were very good around vegetables which I already have some. I want to try Chamomile because I like the smell and the benefits it provides.

    Thanks much
    Ann

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Alex & Ann,
      Herbs in the store can add up very fast. The cost of dry is high and fresh even higher. I think you will find that growing your own will also reward you with even more flavor in your cooking. Trimmed and directly added to your dishes instead of sitting in a produce section makes a huge difference in flavor.

      Chamomile tea and added to other tea blends have always been one of my favorite herbal tea flavors. They also provide a bit of calcium and magnesium as well. So the cooled tea of straight chamomile can be used to water your other plants that need these elements for growth. Just a quick tip for you when you begin to grow your own chamomile 🙂 I use it often on my tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants that can be prone to blossom end rot. A natural source plant can utilize without harming the soil.

      I look forward to hearing from you both in the future. Enjoy your herb garden and new culinary delights!
      Christina

      Reply
  4. Shelley

    Perfect timing! I have my vege garden in and just yesterday bought some marigolds for companion planting. I knew they were good to have, I just didn’t remember why. Now I know and I planted them near my tomatoes. Thanks for the reminder about the seeds. I haven’t planted marigolds since I moved here to south AL 6 years ago. I will make sure to collect the seeds and save for planting, where I want to plant, the next year and to spread a few around.

    I did plant dill and it finally came up this year. I love pickles and do make some myself, but I really wanted the dill for the swallowtail butterflies as it is their host plant. My husband planted some thai basil, but only one. You said it repels hornworms. Something else does also, but I don’t remember what and I always have a bad case of hornworms. Do you know what the plant is?

    P.S. I love the colorful website and how easily it is to find info.

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Shelley,
      The best plant I found for deterring hornworms is Borage. It is listed in this article. It has a lovely flavor as well. Has a lovely light cucumber taste. Works great as a pretty edible garnish in salads, a must have in my potato salad. Also makes a lovely tea mixed with other herbs. Hornworms detest it. Since they can be started earlier are in full bloom by the time tomatoes are planted out so they are in full protection mode.
      For my dill. I harvest for my pickles and leave the rest of the plants to grow for the butterflies as well. I love to watch them and they can aid in pollination as well.
      Thai basil has a nice strong scent so it may be quite beneficial. I find its odor is richer than sweet basil varieties. It may work very well this year at helping to deter hornworms.
      I forgot about the marigolds one year. The next my entire raised beds were all marigolds. I fought with them all year. Needless to say, I had no trouble with root nematodes lol.
      Thank you for the website compliments. I appreciate communicating with a fellow gardener and look forward to further updates on your garden 🙂
      Christina

      Reply
  5. Eric

    Good news, it actually feels like springtime 🙂 But this means it’s now time to get things ready to plant for my summer gardening. I really enjoy peppers and tomatoes so I was taking a few notes. From what I wrote down I have basil, chives, and mint will all help these two vegetables.

    You say not to plant mint directly into the soil like the others, how crazy does it really grow if not in a container and how much do you think would be enough mint. I figure I plant about a pool table size area of both and would maybe need 8 spots of companion mint mixed in?

    BTW, I found this guide on garden helpers very useful.

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Eric,
      Mint grows by runners in the soil and by the roots. Even if you do not see the spread this year you would see the effect the following year as the mint would begin to resurface rapidly to the surrounding area where it was planted. I planted a 4-foot diameter round bed with a full-size mint plant in the center last year here in the US grow zone 7. This year it has already almost filled it. This will perhaps give you an idea of how quickly it will spread. For me, this is for mint specifically so I wanted the spread.
      For your companion planting in your bed. 1 to 2 mint plants in a container at an outside end would offer you the benefit. In the planting area, I would decide first how much basil or chives you will use. A couple of each plant type in there would be enough for that size to benefit from companion planting. Chives will keep coming back depending on your growing zone so you may want to plan your planting for them based on that. Peppers and tomatoes are also companions of each other so they make great choices for planting together.
      I hope that helps. I look forward to hearing about your progress!
      Christina

      Reply
  6. oliver

    Hi Christina,

    I never fully understood the subject of companion planting
    Here you have meticulously explained everything that one needs to know,I love the little video clip which clearly demonstrates and brings to life the whole concept.
    I absolutely love Lavender, the colour, the smell
    Last year for the first time I tried growing some Lemon balm [after been given a cutting from a friend] its indoors inside a pot, it started off well, then pretty much died back, then just when I though it was dead and a lost cause it actually started glowing and flourished again for a few months now its dying back again with very little greenery.
    This year also for the first time I’ve began growing some vegetables in an outdoor allotment [think its Community Garden in USA]
    This country is enduring one the worst Spring’s in the past 100 years so all things in the glowing season are about 8 weeks behind what they normally would be. My poor little vegetable seeds are showing no signs of showing their heads over the soil yet, hope to see a burst of growth this coming week as the forecast is for warmer sunny days!!

    Oliver

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Oliver,

      Where are you from? Here in the Eastern US, there has been a slow in the growing season as well. More impact up north of me but a delay here as well. It has extended my growing season for cole crops, and cool weather lovers. Frost has been an issue for some plantings though that normally would have been safe for outdoor planting this time of year already. I moved a tropical hibiscus out a bit too early this year and it took a mild hit.
      I am glad I helped you to understand companion planting a bit better. I touched on herbs here but there is also many companions for vegetables and flowers as well. I may in the future add to this guide for more assistance.
      Lavender is one of my favorites as well. It makes a beautiful accent in the yard as well as all it’s wonderful benefits.
      Your lemon balm is part of the mint family as you likely know. They are usually very hardy growers. The dying back may be a dormant phase and regrowth may be coming back form their runner roots. I would look at some of the reason it may be dying back by looking at some potential issues. I always start from the ground up. What soil are you using? Does it drain well? what type of fertilizer do you use? Looking at the soil. If you are using a good organic potting soil and natural fertilizers that do not build up salt compounds that hurt its integrity I would look to the next culprit. Water.
      A lemon balm like most mint like water. Not soaked roots but not too get dried out. I usually only allow the surface to just show dry on mint and then water. Good drainage is important. Whenever possible alternate bottom and top water. Indoor watering tips You can review this link if you think watering may be an issue. It is often the leading cause of plant issues.
      The last would be the plant itself. Although it is pretty pest resistant due to its scent and nature the leaves can tell a lot. Browning leaves or limp leaves or often an indication the plant is struggling to get enough water intake. This goes back to the first two issues. The other would be if you notice any type of powdery fungus or molding. With mint types, it is easiest to remove the troubled leaves and allow it to regrow naturally. You can also treat fungus issues with natural remedies like a diluted chamomile tea cooled, or a neem oil, and even a milk base depending on the exact fungus.
      I find working in this process of going from soil to leaf you can usually find and resolve most plant issues.
      I love that you participate in a community garden. I do/have contributed plants to several community gardens in the area that grow production for charity and food banks. I think they are a great way for those that do not have space to be able to garden and the ones that extend their outreach to help those in need are even a community benefit.
      I hope that your days stay sunny and your garden grows lush! Happy Growing!
      Christina

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      • oliver

        Hi Christina,

        Thank you for thorough explanation.

        I did actually use a good organic potting soil, I haven’t however used a natural fertilizer. You are correct I may not be watering it sufficiently. must watch that more closely and try the bottom alternating watering system too.hopefully there will be an all round improvement then.

        I live in South East Ireland

        Oliver

        Reply
        • Christina

          Hi Oliver,
          I am glad I was able to help. Please keep me updated. I look forward to your success.
          Christina

          Reply
  7. Pernilla

    Hello Christina,

    I love this Herb Companion Planting Guide! It’s fascinating how nature works and great that we can benefit from herbs that can protect other garden plants from insects and keep them healthy.

    Have been in out in the garden today and among other things I have been weeding borders where I’m going to plant flowers. In one of the borders, I had Marigold last year. I didn’t pull the flower heads so now there are Marigold sprouting there again and they have spread around even more. For the next season, I will think of that tip of yours.

    So many great tips and tricks you provide here at your website. How lucky I am to have found it. I’m definitively going to read more of your very helpful posts.

    Pernilla

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Pernilla,
      I adore marigolds and their hardiness. They can certainly spread like weeds though when left to seed! I have so many saved marigold and calendula seeds now that I may never need to buy them again. 🙂
      I love that herbs can serve so many values. As companions. As to flavor to dishes. In a healthy lifestyle and holistic healing medicine. For fragrance and beauty. I am glad that I can share this with you and everyone else.
      It makes me very happy to know that you enjoy the site and I am able to help you with my tips. I look forward to hearing more about your gardening.
      Christina

      Reply
  8. John

    Christina,
    I have used Marigolds and Mint in my gardens. Both can take over if you are not careful as you stated in your list. I will have to refer to this list as we get the rest of the garden out this year, it is late because of the cold weather. We do pick off the seeds of the marigolds each year and plant them with the garden, that works well for use.
    John

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi John,
      The weather this year has slowed down many. I have been a victim of some frost delays and trouble here too. Hoping it has stopped being indecisive now and will remain spring lol.
      I look forward to hearing about your garden this year and your success. I love to communicate with fellow gardeners.
      Happy Growing!
      Christina

      Reply
  9. Steven

    I have never planted herbs before but after reading your guide I’m going to give it a try. Probably chives, mint, basil and rosemary all herbs we regularly use in cooking. I’m sure there is nothing like getting them fresh from the garden for each night’s meal. This post will be my guide for the herbs and for companion plantings. Thanks for this clear and helpful information.

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Steven,
      You are very welcome.
      Growing herbs will definitely make a difference in cooking. The taste is finer and fresh is best 🙂 Plus you never know what type of treatments were put on those herbs to keep them looking fresh or help them grow.
      Better yet what I love! Growing herbs saves a ton of money in the store. Herb mark up is some of the highest ounce for ounce in the store. Dried herbs in a jar on average can be around $3- $5 for 1 to 3 ounces. Even if you got the cheap ones at $1 an ounce, that is $16 a pound. I think it makes it one of the most expensive grocery items, pound for pound. Even over meat!
      If growing herbs is new for you. Be sure to check out How to Start and Indoor Herb Garden – Tips for Success Even if you have a regular garden this may help with herbs. In addtion I have a specific article that focuses on some of tips for some top culinary herbs. Best Herbs for a Chefs garden
      If you need any help along the way, I am glad to offer assistance!
      Christina

      Reply
  10. Jeff

    All I can think of is how awesome of a job you did on this post on companion planting, I have heard some plants are good to plant together but I never really read into it before now.

    I heard peppermint if you allow it to flower will draw flies because of their sweet scent, I was curious if this was true and does that mean I should not grow any of the mints close to my front door?

    Jeff

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Jeff,
      I have heard that about most mints attracting flies when it flowers because of the sweet tasting flowers. I do not know the 100% truth in it. They attract a lot of predatory insects and pollinators when they flower. I have a large patch of peppermint in my yard. I have not noticed abnormal amounts of flies. However. I am a companion planter. Lavender is nearby in containers and this repels flies. It is also near my garden where I grow basil, also a fly repellent. And others.
      Now I grow 5 different mint types inside. Most I will not allow to flower. Flowering changes the taste. I also grow many other types of herbs inside too.
      So final answer. I have heard that it is true. I have not had that experience. If you are not companion planting near your mint I would not put it near your front door just in case. If you are growing it strictly for harvest. Try to avoid the flowering, it can slightly bitter your leaves.
      Test companion planting to see if it is valuable for you. What is a vegetable you normally grow? pick a vegetable, and pick an herb. Grow them together in a large container as a test. See if they do better than the plant alone in your garden 🙂 Remember containers need watering more and good drainage. I like to experiment, this could be fun!
      If you try it let me know how it goes! That is how I adopted companions 🙂
      Christina

      Reply
  11. Jeff

    Hello Christina

    I am a returning visitor who just loves to spend my time learning on your website, I came on your website today looking for information for some herb choices to use as ground cover, I have some areas in my yard which are difficult for me to tend too and since I have been wanting to plant a herb garden I thought maybe I could fill my desire for a herb garden and solve my yard tending solution at the same time.

    Jeff

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Jeff,

      I am not sure what your grow zone is or space you are trying to fill so I will do my best to help. If you want some more specific ideas let me know your USDA grow zone. The type of sunlight in the area. If you intend to plant entirely in the ground or mix containers. I am assuming it is a small space. A larger space you could row plant differently. This is more for a staggered plant.

      I like to mix things up, #1 by use, #2 what works well together, #3 that it looks nice in the space. Since I also know your garden in other areas lets make sure we are pollinating friendly as well.

      Chives: They are hardy zone 3-9. So they should be good about anywhere. They can make a nice accent. They can be planted in clumps so make a pretty bladed green area and nice blooms when they come in. You can grow them a few years before you need to divide them to prevent overgrowth.
      Sage: is Hardy to zone 6. The lighter silvery leaves look great with other herbs. It serves wonderfully in the kitchen and medicinally. Clary sage has pretty purple like flowers as well.

      Echinacea: Is a lovely flowering medicinal herb. I love it in mixed herb plantings. Hardy zone 3 – 10. Great for boosting the immunity. Pollinators love it.
      Containers add detail and options!

      I like to add a few container herbs to spaces. They allow planting different herbs that may not be hardy or could be invasive if soil planting.

      Mint: Mint roots spread. Containers are ideal. With so many pretty varieties they can add a lot to space. Apple mint is delicate a light colored. Peppermint is traditional. Both work well together.

      Lemon Balm: Also, in the mint family. Helps repel mosquitoes and annoying bugs. Smells wonderful and has a substantial number of medicinal qualities.
      Chamomile: For a delicate lacey additive to your design small planters of chamomile can be nice. Plus, they are fantastic to harvest and save. Tea is delicious and a great additional source of calcium.

      These are just some ideas. If there is something you like more I would make it work. I am happy to keep bouncing ideas with you.
      Thank you again for your devoted interests!
      Christina

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