plants. gardens. friends.

digthedirt is about gardening, outdoor living and loving our planet!

learn more »

choosing a planting site for your herbs

by dig the dirt editor

Herbs can be part of any garden or landscape as long as their specific planting requirements are met.

herbs | general care | overwintering herbs|

 annual herbs | perrenial herbs | tender perrenial herbs


Herbs have been cultivated for thousands of years for both their culinary and medicinal purposes. Today, these fragrant and flavorful plants still play an important role in every kitchen garden. In fact, even a tiny plot can provide you with enough herbs to use fresh, frozen, or dried.



  • Sun requirements

For the most part, your herbs should be planted in areas that receive 6 to 8 hours of sun a day and are protected from drying winds. A few herbs like mints, chervil, and woodruff tolerate partial shade.

  • Soil requirements

Herbs perform best in well-drained soil. Most herbs thrive in neutral soil (pH 6.8 to 7.2). How do you tell if your soil is well-drained? Spray the garden area with a hose. If the water pools, then you need to improve the drainage of your soil. Forking in sand and other soil amendments such as compost or well-rotted manure improves drainage and boosts the nutrient level in your soil.

  • Container growing

Urban Gardeners can grow most herbs successfully in patio, porch or balcony containers. Care must be taken, however, to use good quality potting soil and to select pots or planters with adequate drainage holes.




Herbs, planting herbs, CONDITIONS FOR HERBS, Rosemary, Basil, Thyme