Wicker baskets are ideal for growing herbs in baskets. These straw baskets from the range are available in our garden centre and make a wonderfully natural setting for bulbs, pansies and primulas. But for a display as productive as it is beautiful, plant your basket with a selection of herbs. It makes a charming gift – and it's perfect for spoiling yourself, too. Grow herbs that you often use while cooing, or plant herbs like mint to make fresh mint tea to your guests.
What you need to know before growing herbs in baskets
- Pick out a style and colour that catches your eye, in the largest size you can afford: larger baskets hold more compost, so don't need watering as often, and you can include a wider range of herbs.
- If the basket doesn't already have a liner, cut polythene to fit and punch holes in it for drainage. This holds in moisture and also protects the wicker. Then add a layer of gravel for drainage. Herbs don't like wet feet, so make sure the water can drain.
- Fill your basket with multipurpose compost mixed with a handful or two of horticultural grit - both are available in our garden centre. This soil is full of nutrients that will make your herbs grow. Then get planting!
- Shrubby herbs like rosemary and thyme are fragrant and last years. But leave space for some annuals too, like spicy basil or French tarragon. You'll find all these herbs and more to choose from in our garden centre at Poynings. Try herbs you haven't heard of or choose herbs you will use daily to skip the supermarket or grocery shopping.
Grow your own herbs at Poynings
Growing herbs can be very easy, the only thing you have to think of is watering. Some herbs need more water than others. But most of the time it's important to keep the soil humid. Place them at a light spot in the garden or indoors. Rosemary is a great herb to grow indoors. On a cold, wintry day, the earthy fragrance from a few crushed rosemary leaves can transport you to warmer climes. Parsley needs strong light, so find a spot in your kitchen that provides much daylight.
Get your herbs at Rushfields plant centre
Please ask the staff in our Poynings, Sussex garden centre for more information and advice about choosing baskets and herbs for your display.