24 indoor herb garden ideas to bring your kitchen to life

We've got the best indoor herb garden ideas for beautiful, edible, kitchen displays

Potted herbs by a kitchen window
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Looking for indoor herb garden ideas? Growing herbs in your home is a lovely way to brighten up your scheme, either in the kitchen or placed near a sunny window. You don't even need that much space, as evidenced by many of our suggestions here for window boxes, vertical wall planters and pots that can hang from the wall or ceiling. 

Best of all, growing herbs for your indoor garden means accessibility and speed when you're cooking: just snip a few sprigs of your chosen garnishes directly from the plant, and add more flavor to your recipes in minutes. 

Indoor herb garden ideas that are practical as well as pretty

Try growing the best indoor herbs in one of these stunning arrangements.

1. Use a living wall for indoor herbs to maximize your space

sprigs of herbs planted into the pockets of a cloth wall

Growing herbs on a living wall saves space and looks beautiful, too

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If surface space is in scant supply, Wayfair's Resident Style Advisor Nadia McCowan Hill suggests making a real feature of your herbs with a vertical planter. It makes the perfect ‘herb corner’ and is a great alternative to a larger plant.

Many herbs will do well when grown vertically. Why not plant some trailing varieties, like cilantro and parsley, alongside sturdier stems of rosemary?

As living walls require a bit of practice to get a suitable watering schedule established, opt for herbs that don't require a ton of moisture to start with.

5. Plant your herbs in pretty pots

Vibrant coloured jug by Mary Rose Young on window sill with hand painted mugs by Julia Quigley holding basil and parsley

Elevate your plant decor with brightly colored pots and planters

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The colors of your plant pots can really affect the overall aesthetic of your indoor herb garden ideas. Make a show-stopping combination with soft pastel colors, elegant patterns and textures, or even go retro with metallic shades. 

Nadia McCowan Hill from Wayfair suggests opting for a staggered mix of pots for a rustically-styled look. These can feature all your flavorful favorites: how about learning how to grow basil in a bold red planter to evoke memories of Italy, or you could grow mint in a mint-green pot to match.

When choosing pots for your herbs, think about their water needs, too. Herbs that prefer moist soil will do best in plastic containers, whereas terracotta pots are preferable for herbs like basil and rosemary that flourish in drier conditions.

9. Use hanging planters for a vertical herb garden

hanging herb pots on rails indoors

Creating a hanging garden for your herbs saves crucial counter space

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We love the look of indoor hanging plants. And in the kitchen, a hanging garden for herbs is a brilliant space saver and will create a botanically-inspired look. Dobbies' Senior Houseplant Buyer, Claire Bishop, suggests letting the herbs shine and pairing them with minimal accessories in muted tones for a put-together effect.

Hanging planters also add a wonderful sense of height to your space. And, they can help keep the herbs away from curious kids and pets.

13. Plant your herbs in an indoor window box 

Upcycled wooden box as a kitchen windowsill planter with herbs

Windowsill herb gardens are space saving, and the plants will love the light

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When bringing your indoor herb garden ideas to life, you need to consider the location. 

The homeware experts at Matalan say you're ideally looking for a bright spot, but you should avoid areas that receive too much sunlight, depending on the needs of each plant. 

You’ll also want to place your indoor herb grower in an area where the air can easily circulate, so you can experience the benefit of the natural scents. 

In summer, you can move your herby window box ideas to the outer windowsill, so they can make the very most of the sun.

17. Use different levels to show off your indoor herb garden

Potted herbs on three shelves in a corner of the room

Create a staggered effect with plenty of levels to allow your potted herbs to shine

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If you're not keen on tucking your potted herbs on a window ledge, why not make them the star of the show instead? Creating a focal point with shelves, elevated stands, plant ladders and standing troughs is a wonderful way to draw the eye.

The homeware experts at Matalan also mention that it's worth thinking about how your indoor herb grower fits with your wider aesthetic to ensure it doesn’t look out of place. You could opt for simple, yet stylish modernist planters or a more rustic, traditional alternative.

This look isn't just for herbs – try it with the best indoor plants in your living room to make a contemporary statement.

21. Upcycle cans and containers for your kitchen herbs

upcycled tea tin and mustard tin for planting kitchen herbs

Reuse and recycle your favorite tins and containers to house your herbs

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Upcycling old ceramics, cans and tins is a fantastic alternative to pots and planters if you’re creating an indoor herb garden. 

Paul McFadyen, metals specialist and Chief Executive at metals4U, explains that tin is a practical material to use for housing herbs, as it doesn’t rust easily. 'They have a very rustic appearance if left as they are, or they can be painted for a more put-together look which fits the color scheme of your kitchen,' Paul says.

If you choose to paint them, there's a bit of preparation you can do to ensure their longevity:

  1. Start by sanding the can down to roughen the surface.
  2. Paul also recommends coating the can in primer before painting.
  3. To make sure your upcycled planter drains properly, carefully make a few holes into the bottom and add a layer of pebbles at the base.
  4. To finish off, you can also tie handwritten labels with twine to help you identify the herb.

When creating a herb garden, remember not to pack the soil too tightly and to give them lots of space. And, once the herb outgrows its home, think about splitting the plant and repotting the sections into more of your upcycled aluminum cans.

Do indoor herbs need direct sunlight?

It's best for herbs to get plenty of indirect sunlight, as direct sun can scorch their leaves.

Most herbs need a minimum of six hours of sun every day to grow sufficiently. South facing windows are the best option, followed by east and west facing windows which receive around four hours of sun in either the morning or afternoon.

herbs on a windowsill

Give your herbs plenty of daylight

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Flora Baker
Freelance Writer

Freelance writer and author Flora Baker is a keen amateur gardener and houseplant enthusiast. Her small garden in South London is a constant work in progress as she gets to grips with snail prevention, DIY trellises and what to plant in shady spots overrun with ivy.