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Creative DIY Herb Garden Ideas

One of the things I want to include in my patio makeover is an herb garden, but I’m having a bit of difficulty deciding what kind of herb garden I want to make.  Right now, all of my herbs are planted in my raised garden beds, but I want to eventually transplant them to an area dedicated to herbs.

There are so many creative ideas out there for DIY herb gardens!  Here are a few of my favorites:


This hanging herb garden is made from metal containers, lengths of chain, and S-hooks.

Make a hanging herb garden from metal containers, chain, and S-hooks
For details on making this herb garden, visit Small Garden Love.


A collection of these individual herb pots with chalkboard labels would look great on an outdoor table.


Get the details at 21 Rosemary Lane.


This vertical herb garden is part herb garden, part decoration, part multimedia artwork.


Get the DIY instructions for this vertical herb garden at Brooklyn Limestone.


Add some life to your kitchen wall with this hanging mason jar herb garden.


Get the step-by-step instructions at Camille Styles.


If you’re looking for a simple, high-impact herb garden idea, then this tiered metal container herb garden might be the perfect choice.


See the details at The Vintage Wren.


This cleverly-designed hanging garden is made from rain gutters. How brilliant!


Get the complete DIY instructions at Nest In Style.


A great herb garden doesn’t have to be expensive. Check out this hanging garden made from soup cans!


See the details at Upcycled Stuff.


You can turn just about any interesting container into an herb garden, like this cute Pepsi crate herb garden.


See more details of this project at Insideways.


This vertical hanging herb garden made with trellises is a great way to spruce up an outdoor area.


See more of this project at Making Lemondade.


You can turn a hanging fruit basket into an herb garden.


From The Telegraph.


Do you have a creative herb garden? If so, I’d love to see it! Leave a comment with a link so that I can be inspired by your creativity!



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    Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    May 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    What creativity! Love these cute ideas.
    However….I hate to be a spoiler to such fun.
    I couldn’t stop myself – LOL!.
    1. To have a successful herb garden, make sure that every container has drainage holes. If not, the roots will eventually rot and your sweet herb will die…and possibly not smell nice. There’s too much work in all these cute containers to risk the health of the herb plants.
    2. Metal containers don’t insulate like their thick sided counterparts. The additional heat that will be absorbed will dry out the plants quickly. If the container is small…as in soup can size…you may have to water 2x/day.
    Be vigilant and best wishes for sweet success.

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      Jules
      May 5, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      it’s true. I planted pansies in a old jewelry tin…bad idea. Burned the roots badly and I lost my only pure black pansy 🙁 Tins inside would be fine though…and spritzing them 2x wouldn’t be too bad if they’re easily accessible in your kitchen or such.

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    Anne @diy projects
    May 9, 2012 at 6:14 am

    I really do love the vertical herb planter. These have given me so many ideas I’d never thought of before. I know I can easily copy half of these. I’m going to dig out my old containers now. I’ve got some new, brilliant ideas!

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    Barbara @ DIY Home Staging Tips
    May 9, 2012 at 7:05 am

    What I like about an herb bed is that they seldom get out of hand, and they give you texture, aroma, and …garnishes! Good luck with yours. I know it will be pretty and that you’ll enjoy it.
    I second what Diane said. Most of the pictures you show look cute enough, but with small containers, those herbs are going to need watering twice a day in summer heat. Just something to think about. Most herbs insist on really good drainage, but most want plenty of water, too. The plants in tin cans and clear glass in full sun are really going to heat up and dry out. I’d vote for clay pots, on the ground. Or your planter boxes.
    I would get a good ole’fashioned book about herbs at the library, because herb gardens are classic and don’t need to follow current trends. Just my 2 cents.

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    Melissa @TheHappierHomemaker
    May 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Thank you for the cute ideas! I just moved and am antsy to get some herbs growing on our back porch!

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    Catherine Banks
    May 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Here’s the herb garden I ended up with. Probably not quite as creative as the examples you’ve listed here, but it works for me. I decided to replace the flowers in all of my pots with herbs. So, I already had the pots, and hopefully I won’t have to replace them every season like I was having to with the flowers.

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    Peter Barker
    May 21, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Firstly, I’d like to say these are just amazingly gorgeous! What catches my attention more than the creative part is that we are just going the way the so called ‘wastes/unusable items’ are being used to create them. For example, the tins and the trays that are used to create small plantation. If even a tenth of population starts thinking this way, I bet, we can proudly be able to say we are contributing to making the world a greener place. Hope as many as possible get this message and start acting.

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    Anasta Gianni
    May 22, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Herbs are among my favorite plants because of their unique scents and their therapeutic properties are also widely recognized. So having a small garden in your back yard or any other available spot in your home is a terrific idea. On top of that you can enjoy the great benefits of cutting fresh oregano or mint to add in meals and enjoy a great tasting dish.
    From all of your images I particularly liked the top one because this “hanging herb garden” arrangement saves space. What a better way to grow your homegrown plants in your used metal containers saving the environment from extra waste. In this way you can also save money on buying pots from the store.

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    Gerber Construction
    July 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for putting this together! Little projects like this are wonderful to have, especially in neighborhoods with limited to no garden space available. I also love how each project utilizes unconventional items in a unique and pretty way.

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    Joe
    December 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Kristi – love the hanging fruit basket as herb garden idea for placement along the patio or porch area. Every touch that can enliven and green up an outdoor living space is something we like to see. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Tony
    February 15, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I know it will be pretty and that you’ll enjoy it.
    I second what Diane said. Most of the pictures you show look cute enough, but with small containers, those herbs are going to need watering twice a day in summer heat. Just something to think about. Most herbs insist on really good drainage, but most want plenty of water, too. The plants in tin cans and clear glass in full sun are really going to heat up and dry out. I’d vote for clay pots, on the ground. Or your planter boxes.

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