Herb gardening is a rewarding pursuit for experienced and novice gardeners alike. Herbal plants are available in all types of colors, textures, and fragrances making them ideal for displaying in the garden. And everyone knows that fresh herbs add deep layers of taste when added to our cooking.
On top of their visual, aromatic, and flavorful attributes, the fact that herbal plants can be grown indoors all year-round is another reason for their widespread popularity among gardeners and cooks. Of course, as with any garden plant, certain care and attention must be taken when selecting herbs as certain types are better adapted to indoor growing, easier to care for, and will yield more bountiful results.
Three Herbs That Are Great For Indoor Gardens
Scented Leaf Pelargonium
This herb makes a great choice for your indoor garden. It comes in a broad variety of scents, including peppermint, coconut, lime, strawberry and literally dozens of other fragrances. Interestingly, the scents emanate from their distinctly variegated leaves more so than their colorful flowering.
The scents are often so strong that they are used in perfumes. This herb is also used as flavoring for foods such as lemon cake and as a garnish for drinks. It naturally follows that Scented Leaf Pelargonium sets the standard as a sensory-tingling potpourri addition.
The Aloe Vera plant is famous for its medicinal properties and treatment throughout history for ills ranging from heart burn to skin burns, and beyond. While the jury may be out on its healing efficacy, there is no doubt Aloe Vera possesses a distinct appearance representing it’s hot weather roots. This makes for a nice contrast against many leafier plants.
Despite its arid origins, mature plants will produce colorful flowers. Aloe Vera is great for indoor gardens as it requires minimal water and is a robust plant less prone to disease and stress.
Myrtus or Myrtle
Myrtle is a shrubby evergreen that produced berries and has white flowers unique in appearance and brimming with pleasant scents. Unfortunately, Myrtle won’t find a place in your cooking as is it extremely bitter, though its wood, stems, and leaves make for great firewood imparting a spicy taste to grilled meat.
As with the other two herbs, Myrtle is a durable plant that requires just basic care, though it can grow vigorously enough that pruning may be necessary.
These three herbal plants can readily serve as the foundation of a thriving indoor herb garden. They need only basic maintenance and will thrive given adequate sunlight.
Of course, this is hardly the limit in what you can put in your indoor herb garden. Many enthusiasts love to have an “organic spice rack” ready at all times to fulfill their recipe needs.
Herbs perfectly suited to jazz up your culinary delights include basil, bay, chives, dill, garlic, ginger, marjoram, sage, and savory. These all have their unique watering and growing requirements, but should be relatively easy to incorporate given the right space and light.
Inspect Your Plants At Purchase
Home centers carry a large variety of choices, but the product can vary in quality. Be sure to look out for any weeds, algae, or moss present in the container soil. Also, examine the foliage for signs of fungi, wilting, mottled leaves, or drought stress. Lastly, check for pests such as mites, aphids, and white flies.
Containers Are Crucial
Your plant containers play a vital and decorative roll in your indoor herb garden. Some herb plants are deep-rooted while some root systems are shallow, remaining close to the surface.
There are various types of containers available but “standard” and “azalea” are some commonly used terms. Azalea containers are as wide as they are deep, so they are good for shallower roots systems. Conversely, standards tend to have more depth and are better for deep-plunging root systems. So be informed about the rooting characteristics of your chosen herbs and choose the appropriate style of container
All in all, there’s no good reason not to enjoy your own indoor herb garden, so go ahead and get started. Scented Leaf Pelargonium, Aloe Vera, and Myrtle are great choices to get started with.
Just remember to provide good light, sufficient water, prune for production and size, buy quality and give the roots room to spread. You’ll soon find yourself floating in fragrant flora and delighting in delicious delectables thanks to your indoor herb garden.