From basil to parsley and chives to oregano, having a box filled with sweetly scented herbs not only looks fabulous but is practical too.
If you fancy planting up a herb box for your kitchen windowsill or creating an outdoor herb planter garden, here’s a list of the best boxes you can buy if you don’t fancy making your own.
Types of Herb planter box
Windowsill planter boxes
As herbs love the sunlight, indoor herb planters are usually designed to be placed on a windowsill. You can buy a wide range of styles and sizes and choose from wooden, metal, ceramic or plastic designs. Some are designed to hold potted herbs while you can plant herbs directly into others.
Outdoor planter boxes
There’s more choice when it comes to outdoor herb planters as size isn’t so much of an issue. From rustic crates and planters made from sleepers to modern metal troughs and sleek concrete designs, the only limit is your imagination and the available space you have.
Smart planter boxes
For the ultimate in easy-gardening, and if, like me, you’re forgetful when it comes to watering your indoor plants, smart planter boxes automatically water and light your plants, some guaranteeing perfect results.
8 of the best herb planter boxes
1. Smart indoor herb planter box
If you like to cook and having an abundance of fresh herbs is essential to you, then you’ll probably love this clever Click and Grow Smart Garden. It comes with a choice of 60 plants as well as built-in LED growth lights as well as a timer, self-watering tank and a handy water level indicator. It’s also compact at just 30cm long, so won’t take up too much space on your windowsill or worktop.
2. Compact planter box
We think this sweet spice rack makes the perfect planter box for smaller sized or micro-herbs. As it’s made from mango wood, you’ll need to make sure that you line the box with plastic or place potted herbs in saucers to prevent damaging the wood and the surface it’s sitting on. At just £12.99 it’s a bit of a bargain.
3. Cloche herb planter box
This clever mini-greenhouse is ideal for growing herbs on a patio. The cloche is glazed with toughened safety glass so it can withstand whatever the great British weather cares to throw at it. As the cloche provides warmth and shelter, it should be possible to grow herbs and salad throughout the year.
4. Rustic herb planter box
This rustic, wooden fruit-crate planter can be personalised and makes a great gift or addition to your garden. The planters come with a waterproof membrane and are lined with hessian so can be used indoors and out. As they’re compact, they make great herb planters and are a fun way to introduce children to container gardening.
5. Wooden ladder herb planter box
If space is limited, or you just like the look of rustic, ladder-style planters, this versatile planter box may be for you. Perfect for patios, balconies or placing against a sunny wall or outbuilding, this ladder planter will hold many herbs. It’s made from FSC timber so will withstand all weather conditions and look great for years to come.
6. Metal herb balcony box
This set of two zinc balcony planters can be placed on a fence, wall or balcony and provide a perfect spot for sun-loving herbs. Made from galvanised zinc, they won’t rust and have a natural grey finish. These planters are a great starting point for a kitchen herb garden.
7. Self-watering herb box
Perfect if you’re a little forgetful when it comes to watering your plants, this clever self-watering herb box contains a felt mat that retains water so the herbs can absorb water when needed. It’s made from recycled plastic and bamboo and will fit in with any decor.
8. Raised wooden planter box
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