8 Best perennial Herb to grow in the container

Growing Herb in containers is easy, you can propagate the plant from seeds, cutting, or transplant. Plus the herb plants take less space and produce edible foliage and flowers.

Here I have listed 8 best perennial herb that can grow in containers or garden.

So, let’s read about them one by one.

How to grow herbs in containers

While gardening in a container, the first thing is to choose the right container.


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Your container should be large (not extra-large) enough so that the roots of the plant can easily spread in the soil.

Some people often use soil from the ground in the container. But, it’s a mistake as ground soil is not for gardening, it has no nutrition and if you water then it becomes a big clump of dirt.

How to water container plants

You should always water in the base if you water from the top of the plant then it might get attacked by bacteria.

People often over water that is not good as it blocks the air circulation of the plant.

Herb pot

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You can identify whether you’re overwatering or not by simply looking at the plant’s leaves, yellow leaves mean you’re overwatering.

To save from overwatering, you can choose a container or pot that has a hole in the bottom. The hole helps to flow excessive water from the pot.

Also, to boost the growth of your potted plant you can add water-soluble fertilizer in the growing season.

How to prune herb plants?

When growing a herb plant you should pluck flowers from time to time, the herb plant is grown for its leaves. 

If you don’t plunk the flowers then the plant uses all energy in growing them, and the leaves grow smaller.


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Pruning leaves at a young age results in the rapid growth of the edible foliage in the herb plant.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Chives are a commonly used herb and grown by many gardeners. You can easily grow them in your home garden. They have onion and garlic flavor.


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Growing Chives has many benefits. It is widely used in many salads and dishes. Their flowers and leaves both are edible and used in making salads and dishes.

This herb blooms in early spring and store for at least 4 months in the freezer.

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Oregano is a perennial herb flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae. The oregano leaves are used for flavor.


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They are aggressive growers, if you leave them in your garden then they’ll cover a large portion of your garden.

So, it’s important to prune them from time to time, to keep it compact.

Related post: How to grow Mexican oregano in the container


Rosemary is a woody perennial herb fragrant. They have evergreen needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers.


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Rosemary is a native plant of the Mediterranean region. It’s an aromatic evergreen shrub with leaves similar to hemlock needles.

This species is invasive and can live as long as 30 years.

Mint (Mentha)

Mints are aromatic, almost exclusively perennial herbs that also called great Basil from the family Lamiaceae (mint), grow for their leaves.

They have 13 to 25 species and many hybrids and cultivars around the world.

The leaves of mints are used to add flavor in teas, beverages, jellies, syrups, candies, and Ice-creams.


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I remember in my childhood, I added mint in my glass of ice and enjoyed its flavor.

The fresh leaves of mints are dried and stored in containers. You can easily grow mint in a pot, use a large container.

The leave’s colors are dark green and gray-green to purple, blue, and sometimes pale yellow. The flower color of mint turns white to purple when it gets mature.

Related post: How to grow and care Calamint indoor


Basil is an annual, or sometimes perennial, herb used for its leaves. It is a tender plant, and can easily grow in a container. Basil flowers are small and white.


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It grows a thick, central taproot so plant it in a container that large and has a water drain hole at the bottom. The drain hole flows water if you over water them.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sage is a perennial, evergreen subshrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers.

Salvia officinalis

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It belongs to the mint family Lamiaceae.


Thyme is an aromatic perennial evergreen herb, belonging to the mint family Lamiaceae.


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They are relatives of oregano and can propagate by seed, cuttings, or dividing rooted sections.

Gardeners planted thyme spring, and thereafter grows as a perennial. They are hardy plants and can tolerate drought well.

Cilantro (Coriander)

Cilantro is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. It’s often harvested and pruned by gardeners, the plant’s all parts are edible.


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Ideally, its fresh leaves and the dried seeds (as a spice) are the parts most traditionally used in cooking.

Tell your favorite herb in the comment box.

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