Hi friends! Just popping really quickly to show you an easy DIY way to create simple herb garden centerpieces that can be used outdoor or indoors. I decided to make these now to be able to use them on my Father’s Day table this year.
My parents are coming to visit at the beginning of June so we will be having his dinner a little early this year since I cannot be with him on Father’s Day. This just gives me a fun excuse to create a masculine table setting! Stay tuned for that.
One of the neat things about creating a herb garden centerpiece like these is that you can use them for so many things. You can use them on your patio tables, your indoor dining tables, your coffee tables (if they get enough light), on your island, on your kitchen counters, etc.
How to make a Simple Herb Garden Centerpieces
Instructions for creating Simple Herb Garden Centerpieces:
- Incorporate herbs that you would use most often.
- Also consider the texture the herbs offer.
- Use a good quality potting mix layered first in the bottom of the container.
- Place the herbs in the container in a way that the textures are contrasted by each other.
- Use my easy formula for creating planter pots and containers (see below).
- Add potting mix to fill in around the herbs and water thoroughly.
- Make sure the containers can allow for good drainage.
Let’s break this down some more…
When choosing your herbs, think about incorporating herbs that you use most often. I also think about herbs that are good to use in containers or pots. Mint, for example, can be VERY invasive if planted in the ground. Trust me…I know! I have yards of it in our backyard! Mint is great to plant in containers so it won’t take over in your yard.
For these planters, I used two types of mint (unlike the more common mint that we have in our yard). The taller mint is actually Grapefruit mint and has such a unique smell and taste (great for using in beverages or cocktails!).
The second variety of mint is Peppermint. It actually provides a nice “spiller” quality to it (more on that below). Plus, it has a very vibrant scent.
When selecting your herbs, also consider the texture the herbs offer. For example, basil is what I would consider a broad-leaf herb, as is the grapefruit mint.
I purchase all of my herbs at my local O’Toole’s Garden Centers. They have an amazing collection!
Parsley has more of a lacy feel which adds a lovely contrasting texture. I use parsley constantly so it certainly a staple in our gardens. The variegated sage offered some brightness to the containers (they are on the end of the boxes). Rosemary would also be a great option to have as a contrasting texture.
Make sure that the containers you choose allow you to use a good quality potting mix layered first in the bottom of the container. This layer will allow the roots to spread nicely.
Next, place the herbs in the container in a way that the textures are contrasted by each other. I was very purposeful when deciding on the placement of herbs next to each other. I started with the grapefruit mint in the middle for the height it offered.
The leafiness (is that a word?) of the parsley was perfect next to the mint and, then, the larger leaves of the basil filled in nicely on the other side. This left room on the ends for the “spillers”.
Use my easy formula for creating planter pots and containers. Last week, I shared my front porch reveal and gave you my formula for creating planter pots and containers. Start with HEIGHT, then, add FILLERS, and finally, the “SPILLERS”. You can see the whole post HERE. Here are a few examples…
Add potting mix to fill in around the herbs and water thoroughly. This will help “seat” the plants and let you know if you need to add any more potting mix. Pressing the plants into the container can help with that.
Make sure the containers can allow for good drainage. The wood containers I used were lined with plastic and did not have any holes in them. So, my hero hubby drilled a few holes in them the bottom of them for me so the water could drain well.
How often you water them depends are where they are placed. If indoors, they should be watered every 2-3 days (or once the top 1 inch of the soil is dry). If outdoors, they will need to be watered more often most probably.
VOILA! That is all you need to do to build these simple herb garden centerpieces! One of the things I enjoy most about them is how fragrant they are. The sky is the limit in what varieties of herbs you could use. Just be sure they have similar planting requirements.
I already have most of these herbs planted in our raised herb gardens and in other planters on our patio, but having a little stash close by is a nice, convenient bonus.
If you are interested in gardening posts, check out my post on Pruning and Enjoying Lilacs.
Hopefully, you enjoyed this little tutorial on how I created these simple herb garden centerpieces. I cannot wait to show you how they will look on our upcoming Father’s Day table!