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Most herbs need sunlight every day, so choose a sunny spot as close to the kitchen as possible. Herbs also need fresh air to thrive – they don't grow well indoors for any length of time. Although they're not as fussy as some ornamental plants, herbs should be planted in a good potting mix to encourage lush, attractive growth.
The best herb plants to grow in pots are the low or dwarf varieties, like chives, parsley, thyme, tarragon, basil, mint, marjoram, oregano, coriander, prostrate rosemary, savory, chervil and dwarf lavender.
Regular applications of soluble fertilisers like Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate will improve plant growth, particularly if you are picking the leaves for cooking or infusions. Apart from chives (which can be cut down to the ground when ready for harvest), never remove more than one-fifth of the plant in one cut, and let the plant start growing again before harvesting any more leaves.
Dill, fennel and borage are taller growing herbs, although they tend to grow smaller when restricted in a pot. Don’t be tempted to grow these in amongst the more prostrate herbs, or they'll soon overshadow the smaller plants.
Grow aromatic herbs where they can be touched, brushed against or walked on. The fragrance is always a delight and often wards off insects. Scented-leaf geraniums are among the easiest to grow and come in a variety of perfumes, such as peppermint, nutmeg, rose, lemon and a number of other spicy flavours.