We all know that it’s wonderful having fresh herbs in your house, but sometimes you simply don’t have enough space for all those containers. Although it’s ideal having separate containers, there are some combinations of herbs that can be planted together.
There are, of course, combinations that you should avoid at all costs, and I’ll explain why.
Growing herbs in your indoor garden can promote the health of many different plants. But it can also affect them.
For example, there are a few herbs that attract beneficial insects that we already talked about, which are more than welcome for some plants such as tomatoes. However, ladybugs, which are also beneficial insects, can harm the potatoes.
Also, when paired correctly, herbs can improve the taste of vegetables and other herbs. This is why I believe knowledge on this topic can make gardening easier for you.
Without further ado, here’s the list of herbs that can be planted together, as well as the list of combinations that are not recommended.
Top List of Herbs that Can Be Planted Together
Basil is one of my favorite herbs to grow since I use it in many dishes when it’s just picked, but I also like to dry it. Even though there are many tricks for drying, I found that herb drying racks are the best way to do so.
I also like having it planted in containers around my house since it’s known that it repels all sorts of harmful insects, even mosquito.
There is a plethora of herbs and plants that can benefit from being planted close to the basil.
It benefits the most from chamomile since the chamomile promotes basil’s health and growth. It can also be planted in the same garden bed with parsley and oregano, but you can also plant it with your tomatoes or chilies.
However, try avoiding planting it with sage, since these two don’t seem to go together that well.
Now, although I’ve experimented with growing mint in a jar of water before, that I strongly recommend if your space is tight, I still prefer the classic container or a garden bed method. And that is only because I can combine it with other herbs that way.
When growing mint in a container or in a garden, you have to be careful since it can spread like weed when it has the right conditions.
Try planting mint with some vegetables. Tomatoes and mint make a great combination. And cabbage can benefit from the mint since it deters the white cabbage moth.
I’ve also had it planted with the basil and they were both growing wonderfully, but since the mint started taking too much space I decided it was better separating them in different containers.
However, I would suggest that you don’t plant it with parsley.
I find the rosemary to be the best herb to plant with basically any other herb or vegetable. It can survive in poor soil conditions.
This, however, doesn’t mean that you should neglect it. Dedicate it some love and attention, and you’ll have a great addition to any stew, soup, bread or meat dish.
Whether you want to plant it in the garden or in a container, you should know that it pairs amazingly with thyme and sage.
When it comes to vegetables, the cabbage, beans, and the carrots can benefit the most out of it, especially the cabbage.
Only ”Dos” for this one. Rosemary can be planted with anything!
I find that the chives make a great company to most herbs and vegetables. It is easy to grow, and it likes damp soil and sunlight.
It is also known to repel insects, especially aphids. This makes it a great companion to various herbs and vegetables.
Especially the vegetables such as lettuce, peas, celery, and carrots. These can benefit from being planted together with chives gravely.
Just make sure to pair it with a herb that also likes damp soil and that doesn’t mind being in the sunlight since there are no bad pairing with chives.
Oregano is known to be a low-maintenance herb. It likes being exposed to the sun and you should water it only when the soil is dry, but apart from that, it is a no-brainer.
All in all, I would highly suggest planting the oregano and drying it. Imagine all the dishes that could be improved with a dash of dry oregano!
My favorite herb pairing is definitely oregano and basil. These two benefit one from another. Especially the basil can promote the growth of oregano since it repels the insects that could harm the oregano.
I wouldn’t recommend planting it with chives since they require different soil conditions.
Basil’s worst enemy – sage, makes the best partner for rosemary and thyme.
You can also plant it with oregano because, as I already mentioned, oregano makes a great pairing with almost every herb.
When planting the sage in the garden, I tend to put it close to the tomatoes, cabbage, and carrots. It promotes the growth of cabbage and carrots especially since it repels cabbage moth and carrot fly.
Sage likes sandy soil and can tolerate dry soil conditions. For that reason, avoid planting it with chives.
The one herb-vegetable combination you should avoid is sage and cucumber because these two don’t get along very well.
Parsley is also one of those herbs that are fairly easy to maintain. It likes sun exposure and moist soil, but it can also survive in the drier conditions.
Because they prefer similar conditions, I like to plant the parsley together with the chives.
I also found that my asparagus benefits from it. It also pairs amazingly with tomatoes since these two make excellent companions.
I would avoid, however, planting it next to the mint. Instead, you should try different pairings and you’ll see how they can benefit more one from another.
Coriander is a herb that is relatively easy to grow. Similarly to parsley and chives, it likes being exposed to the sun and it likes being planted in the moist soil.
However, if you plant it with parsley, which can survive even the drier conditions, make sure not to put it in the direct sunlight.
I prefer planting coriander together with my dill and anise. Since it attracts beneficial insects, I find that most of my plants can benefit from being close to the coriander.
And on the “no-no” side, we have coriander and fennel.
Since they enjoy being planted in the same conditions, I like planting thyme with rosemary and sage.
To remind you, the best conditions for these herbs are dry sandy soil and sun exposure. You can even pair it with parsley because it can survive in the drier conditions.
I also planted it in my garden next to the cabbage since it deters the cabbage worm.
If you want your thyme, you shall have your thyme. No matter with what other herb next to it. Thyme’s a friendly herb that can grow with anything.
If you’re planning on planting it in a container then I would suggest you plant it with basil or with mint. These combined simply strive.
When it comes to growing the cilantro somewhere where you have more space, the best combination would be with dill, yarrow, tansy, and even lavender. As for the vegetables that could benefit from cilantro, spinach and tomatoes are on the top of the list. You can even plant it next to onions and jalapenos.
Cilantro pairs great with many herbs, but I would avoid planting it with fennel since these two can become highly competitive when planted together.
Dill is a great addition to any garden since it attracts beneficial insects such as ladybugs, honeybees and, wasps which are known to promote pollination. It also deters aphids and cabbage worms, which makes it beneficial for many vegetables.
As for the herbs, my favorite pair for the dill would be lavender. Lavender can flourish when planted next to the dill since the dill will attract the insects which are good for lavender’s health.
When it comes to herbs, you can plant dill with really anything and be sure that it will grow nicely. However, when it comes to vegetables, try to avoid planting dill next to carrots and tomatoes. Dill can affect both of these crops.
As you were able to see, herbs aren’t just some weed look-a-like that taste well. Instead, they can be beneficial for other herbs and vegetables, especially when planted together properly. I have included the most known herbs on my list so that when you plant a herb you can easily find its perfect match.
I hope that this list of herbs that can be planted together gives you enough information and that it motivates you to grow your own herbs instead of buying them. Also, if you have any advice for me, or you would like me to elaborate more on some of these herbs, feel free to comment.
Do you grow herbs together? Which is your favorite pairing? Let me know in the comments!