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Herbs That Grow Well Together

By Ellen Brown

Q: What herbs can be mixed to grow together in a pot? I have a small area so I need to maximize space.

Susan from Memphis, TN

A: Susan,

Depending on how big your container is, here are some herb combinations that will all grow well together as companions in pots:

1) Sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme and germander.

2) Cilantro, oregano, lemon balm and basils.

3) Oregano, thyme, lemon verbena, lemon balm, parsley, cilantro.

4) Thyme, mint, basil, oregano.

5) Growing basil in the same container (or plot) as tomatoes will improve their flavor.


A few herbs, like dill and fennel, need quite a bit more room and grow better in beds. Most herbs, however, adapt very well to pots and containers. You might also consider scented geraniums, tricolor sages and trailing herbs like penny royal, prostrate rosemary or cat-mint for hanging baskets.


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Herbs That Grow Well Together

Go to and look up herb collections. They sell kits with several kinds of herbs in them together, see which ones grow well for your area and you could make your decision on what you find there.

You wouldn't have to buy a kit, just look to see if they sell what you want to grow in a kit together. (04/06/2006)

By katieandjeffy

Herbs That Grow Well Together

I've mixed and matched all kinds of herbs in containers. They all did well. (04/21/2006)

By Katmommy

Herbs That Grow Well Together

Thank you so much! I'm loving my herb "togetherness." (06/17/2008)


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