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eileenoeileeno Posts: 19

I would like to plant up a pot to hold my herbs. I have been to the garden centre and bought sage, rosemary, mint.( apple and verigated) and thyme . Any suggestions to get the best of herbs.


  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,877

    Sage, rosemary & thyme like similar conditions - sunny spot, well drained soil and not over watered.

    If you don't want to use individual pots for the individual herbs I would put those 3 together in one large pot. You can add a bit of grit to the compost for additional drainage and also raise the pot off the floor slightly so water can drain away more easily. Water when the compost is starting to dry out - but don't allow it to dry completely.

    The mints can be potted up together in a second pot. They need to be kept a bit damper and will be happier in part shade.

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  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,947

    The mint will swamp everything else, if you grow them all together.  And as Topbird said, they like different conditions.

    I've done something like this with different varieties of mint in the past (because some are bigger thugs than others).


    You could put the dry condition herbs at the top with free draining soil, and more moisture friendly soil and plants towards the bottom.  That way you've got all your herbs together and it makes watering easier.

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  • eileenoeileeno Posts: 19

    Thank you Topbird and Blue Onion. I appreciate your advice. The treble decker , what a good idea. That's another problem solved. I love this forum and tips from real people.

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,633

    If you want different flavour mints you need to keep them some distance apart. I have no idea how, but when they grow near one another they all begin to taste the same. If you're just looking for different leaf colour and form, then all together is fine 

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  • Dave HedgehogDave Hedgehog Posts: 377

    ...Sage, Rosemary and Thyme... wait - this sounds familiar for some reason image

    ...will eventually become 'woody' plants and having them in the same pot isn't ideal. Rosemary and Sage will slug it out for root space, mint rhizomes will grow in between the roots of both, with all competing for the same space and nutrients.

    I'd grow them all in seperate pots and keep them dotted around in the areas of garden that they're most suited to. Just be careful about pruning Rosemary heavily as it doesn't respond well to cutting into old wood. Sage seems the opposite and goes beserk.

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