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Perk Up The Kitchen With Herb Plants: Design Inspiration

Growing your own herbs is a great project. When the temperatures drop and the snow blows in a lush array of herb plants is a delight in a kitchen.

There are many ways to add herb plants to a kitchen. Herb pots on window sills, on counter tops, on shelves, and vertical. Indoor herb plants are an attractive addition to a kitchen. They add charm and greenery to your home that can brighten up and create an interesting kitchen space at a low cost creating a stylish and unique look.

The most important thing to growing herbs is adequate light whether naturl or artificial. Kitchens are an idea places to grow herbs because of the light (usually bright), humidity, and that is where they will be used. The kitchen is the hub of a home adding herb plants will make it more cozier, cheerier, and inspire the chef with freash seasonings.

When choosing the spot in your kitchen to place your herb plants remember the kitchen is a working area. Place herb plants away from the stove and oven areas where the plants could suffer heat damage. Place the herb plants in locations that are not busy areas so they are not in the way and could get knocked over.

Rail System

In a kitchen with limited counter space use a wall rail system to hold herbs. A rail system can be used to hang herb plants in unexpected places such as on the end of a cabinet.

Chalkboard Labels On Pots

Stylishly upgrade terracotta pots with chalkboard paint. Use chalk to write the name of the herb plant on the pot, makes it easy for family and visitors to identify the herbs. This is a great way for children to connect a plants name with how the plant looks.

You can paint all the outside of the terracotta pot with chalkboard paint, only the outside top rim, or just the lower outside part of the terracotta pot. Also, the pots are cute.

Ceramic Pots

Ceramic pots are very attractive with a variety of colors and styles to fit into any home décor.
Some ceramic pots will have drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. There are ceramic pots that do not have drainage holes. You can try to drill holes in the bottom without breaking the pot or water the plants often with little amounts of water. You can place rocks in the bottom of the pot and mix gravel with the soil to help drainage. Vintage shops are a great place to find unique ceramic pots to place alone or group together for a more eclectic look.

Using A Galvanized Bucket To Plant

Galvanized Metal Containers

Galvanized metal is treated to prevent rust. They are usually bucket shaped and are a unique choice for a country style home décor. When used as a planter a galvanized metal container can be heavy especially if a tub is used as a planter. To protect plants in a metal container line the inside of the container with a plastic liner or place small pots inside the medal container.

Vertical Spaces

Look around your home items to use as pots for herbs. Mason jars make pretty planters. For drainage add a small amount of rocks, marbles, or gravel to the bottom of the jars.

Dig out some mason jars, use pipe clamps to create a Mason Jar Herb Garden. A simple solution to add a herb garden to a wall.

Have a small wall space that needs something, hang storage crates for your herbs and extra space to store things in the kitchen.

Place a tray at the bottom of the crate to prevent water damage. The herbs can be in separate containers and placed in the crates.



Shelves in a kitchen are great places to set herb plants. A small shelf with plants on it is cute. An over the sink shelf is a good place to set herb plants. If you have wall space columns and rows of planters attached to the wall creates a fantastic look.

Glass shelves on window works great as the plants get plenty of light and the shelves do not block light from the room. Even if your window is not set into the wall, shelves can be
with brackets on either side of the wall. Glass shelves on windows are stunning.

Spice Up Your Kitchen with an Easy Window Herb Garden has a material list and directions on installing glass shelves in a window.

Place an assortment of mismatched mugs and bowls with herbs on the shelves in the window. Include the names of the herb plants on the containers. Create fancy lettering on your computer, print and tape the plant names on the mug and bowl containers.

You could use paint markers to write the names of the plants on the containers, Sharpie has oil based paint pens but you would need to seal the item with a clear sealant. There are markers made for glass but they are expensive.

Later you may want to plant a different herb plant in the mug or bowl, the best
way would be to use labels on the herb plant containers that can be removed.

Hanging Plants

Plant herbs in hanging baskets. Use a container with a top. Line the planter with sphanum moss if the drainage openings will allow soil to fall through and retain more moister. Mist or soak the liner before lining the container with it. Place a layer of rocks in the bottom of the container to help with drainage.

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Living Walls

Bringing nature indoors, wall pockets can be used to create a jaw-dropping living wall garden. Place on a small section of a wall or a whole wall.

Herb plants can be used to enhance a kitchens décor and used to enhance food. There are numerous ways to include herb plants into a kitchen whether it is a small kitchen or a large kitchen. Herb plants can make a kitchen feel cozy and are great attention catchers for visitors.

With the pots you use to plant herbs in you can be very creative. Remember the most important thing when growing herbs indoors is light as most herbs are sun lovers.


Letha G. (author) from USA on February 24, 2013:

Thank you Gail. A living wall would be amazing.

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on February 23, 2013:

Wow, lots of inspiration and good ideas in this hub. I would dearly love to have a living wall, but it seems like an overwhelming project to start. Voted up and useful and FB shared.

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