How to have a herb garden in your kitchen

If you’ve found a new love for cooking in the past year, I’ve got the perfect solution to take your skills to the next level. Say hello to indoor and outdoor herb gardens to add a fresh touch to your kitchen design and a boost of flavour to your meals. 

From smart hubs that have self-watering functions and compact pots to multi-functional designs and outdoor planters to have within reach for impromptu barbecues, here are five clever ways to include a stylish and practical herb garden in your kitchen…

Built-in herb gardens

Upgrade your kitchen island with a multi-functional addition – incorporate a herb garden to bring a touch of the outdoors in and enjoy all your favourite flavours at any time. Plus, you can later turn the new space into a bottle chiller when entertaining or use it to store bottles of oil and other condiments.

“Whether you have a growing desire to eat fresh and healthy produce, you’re a budding chef in need of easy-to-reach fresh herbs, or you simply want to bring more greenery into your home, incorporating an island planter is the perfect way to lift your kitchen,” says design expert at Benchmarx Kitchens, Julia Trendell.

“Design hacks like this should ideally be considered early in the stages of planning your kitchen, when you can really think about how best to customise your layout to get the most out of it. However, that’s not to say such a feature couldn’t be introduced once your kitchen is already installed, space permitting,” she explains.

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Make use of the space below the planter with extra storage. Cambridge stone grey island with herb planter from Benchmarx Kitchens. Prices start from £1700 for an eight-unit kitchen.
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Include a herb garden in your kitchen for easy access when cooking. Zerox Fineline XT Snow kitchen, starting from £15,000, Rotpunkt.

Alternatively, if you don’t have an island, go for a trolley to make the most use of your space. You can keep your cookbooks, pots and your favourite kitchen essentials next to your preparation area, or create a designated nook for your herb garden.

Don’t have an island? No worries! Choose a multi-functional serving trolley to create your ideal herb garden like the World of Plants trolley, £850, USM Haller.

Smart hubs

Are you a tech lover? If so, a smart herb garden is ideal! You can easily control the lamp’s brightness according to your plants and use automated watering functions from your phone. Some innovative designs have biodegradable pods that have seeds and nutrients inside, which means you can enjoy fresh, homegrown food all year round.

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Pop the innovative Smart Garden 3 in white with biodegradable pods, £90.45, from Click and Grow on an open shelf and grow fresh and flavourful herbs in your kitchen.
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The Veritables smart garden, £175, available at Selfridges, can store up to three weeks’ worth of water, which makes it ideal for when you’re away.
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Adjust the perfect brightness cycle to fit your plants on the contemporary Lilo garden, £149.99, Prêt à Pousser app.

Indoor kitchen vertical garden

Do you have a small room and limited space to work with? Go for wall-hung designs to keep fresh herbs close by for your delicious recipes. Choose compact pots to plant a variety of herbs, from basil for your go-to pasta to rosemary for Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and create a feature living wall.

The experts at The Silestone Institute, promoted by Cosentino, suggest to “make use of empty walls and ceilings by setting up a vertical urban garden. Recycling materials is a great way to help the planet while creating a really unique space – try cleaning up and hanging old glass jars with herbs in to the ceiling for a stunning effect.”

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As a multi-functional room where we spend a lot of our time, it’s important to maximise your space in the kitchen and decorate it to your taste,” say the experts at The Silestone Institute, promoted by Cosentino.

Small but mighty pots

A classic way to create a herb garden in your kitchen is to place compact pots on your window sills where they can get showered with natural light. You can also pop your herbs on your worktop or next to the sink for easy access when cooking. There are plenty of designs to suit your style, from minimalist to statement and colourful pots – just have your pick.

Add a pop of colour to your kitchen with the Hay Facade herb pots and tray in Deep Terracotta, from £29, Nest.
Enjoy your herbs for longer with the Cole & Mason self-watering herb keeper, £25.60, available at John Lewis & Partners.
Add a bohemian touch to your kitchen with the hand woven rattan Key Largo twin planter display, £49, Maine Furniture Co.

Outdoor herb gardens

If you have an outdoor kitchen, make sure you go for weatherproof pots when designing your herb garden – be it a neat design placed on your worktop, or a stand-out larder with every herb you may need for an alfresco dinner. Plus, you can improve your green fingers and relax by caring for your outdoor herb garden. Hands up if you can’t wait for summer!

The frost proof and hard-wearing kitchen herb planter in White Smoke, £26.99, from Gardenesque is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.
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Make use of the space in your garden and pop the Spruce Moreton slatted shelf ladder, £165, available at Garden Trading next to your outdoor kitchen to enjoy fresh herbs with each barbecue.
Create a colourful herb garden and paint the wood base in Sadolin’s Superdec in Mid Green, from £36 for 2.5L.
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Get your green fingers working and plant your favourite herbs in the stylish and spacious Auckland black metal flower box with 4 pots, £242, Maisons du Monde.

Featured image: Zerox Fineline XT Snow kitchen, starting from £15,000, Rotpunkt.

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