Resilient Herbs Are a Great Addition To Your Indoor Foliage.
Perennial, taken from the Latin root perenni, means “to last the whole year through.” By definition perennial herbs, once established, are easy to look after and long-lasting. These herbs are optimal for those of us who are always on the move. You may not have the time to look after multiple plants but still want beautiful flowering foliage around your homestead. Potted herbs are perfect for the pressed-for-time individual. Planting them in pots will also ensure that they last throughout the winter months. In addition to this, they will be easily accessible for cooking all year round. From medicine to cooking to mixing cocktails, perennial herbs are favored by chefs and caregivers alike.
What Types Of Potted Perennial Herbs Are Easiest To Look After?
Most plants on this list will thrive for years with little maintenance in a container or pot indoors. In fact, according to an article by Iowa State University, most perennials require little fertilizer and are easy to preserve. In general, perennial herbs appreciate lots of sunlight and quick-drying soil. Be sure to pot your perennials with some rocks or sand. This will help combat humidity and potential over-watering.
- Aloe Vera – A strong perennial and requires little water. Along with its medicinal benefits, aloe vera can be used in a multitude of recipes. These plants can last years with very little care.
- Basil – Most often referred to as a soft perennial. However, a few types of basil plants are true perennials. These are pink, white, and Greek columnar basil. Basil requires a little more water than the other herbs on this list, but their benefits are numerous. Gin forward cocktails and herbal teas are often complemented by a sprig of basil. If planted in pots and pruned these plants will flower all year long. They are also great at keeping pesky bugs at bay that would be harmful to your other plants.
- Catnip – This herb is easy to grow from seeds and has medicinal benefits. For example, catnip can be used to treat arthritis and indigestion.
- Comfrey – Usually works best when potted as it is extremely invasive. Plant some comfrey in a container or garden pot to curb the spread. This plant is still low maintenance and can help treat inflammation and achy joints when used topically.
- Fennel – Can be grown as a perennial, although it is often grown as an annual in a flower garden. Potting this herb and keeping it inside will ensure that it lasts throughout the winter, especially in cooler climates. Like basil, fennel requires consistent watering and more than the other perennial herbs on this list. However, it looks great next to most flowering plants and has a sweet licorice flavor that is great for most recipes.
- Lemon Balm – A perennial herb that thrives in cooler climates. Very easy to start from a seed, this herb has beautiful white flowers and a lemony taste. Lemon balm can however regrow after being frozen during a harsh winter. However, the herb is not tolerant to heat or overwatered soil.
- Mints – The strongest herb on this list. There are seemingly endless varieties and the benefits are numerous. Great for keeping in containers as mint is also an extremely invasive herb. Keep mint in and around your home for a fresh scent and beautiful foliage.
- Oregano – Can be found in most dishes from the Mediterranean. Best kept in a planter indoors. Water this perennial herb thoroughly and let the soil dry out, as with most herbs on this list. Oregano’s flowers are a great compliment to most interiors and its fragrance has calming effects.
- Rosemary – Is one of the easiest herbs to plant and grow. Used in cooking worldwide this herb has silver and green leaves with blue flowers. Make sure when planting indoors in a container that this herb gets lots of sunlight. Rosemary compliments most meat dishes and goes great with brandy.
- Tarragon – Can be planted in a larger container and requires little care. French tarragon has a sweet lemony taste that goes well with fish or breakfast dishes. Allow for ample sunlight and create a soil mixture that drains excess water away easily.
What Containers Should You Use for Perennial Herbs?
When choosing a container for your potted perennials choose a low pot with good drainage. You’ll most likely want a pot that will stand the test of time, as does your perennial. Vietnamese pottery is always trusted by gardeners and indoor plant enthusiasts. The higher caliber clay and tougher, thinner glazes work great for indoor plants. If you want your perennial herbs to really stand out, plant them premium Vietnamese ceramics.
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