The concept of companion planting is nothing new and it has been shown to be an effective strategy even when it comes to you growing herbs. In actual fact, a number of herbs are going to actually be able to grow more effectively when they are side by side with one another and that is partly the reason why the concept of a herb garden works so well.
However, prior to planting anything you clearly need to be aware of the different herbs that do actually work well together, so these are the main points for you to think about. Furthermore, we will also mention other plants, that are not herbs, that can also make a difference.
In the case of basil there are various plants that are going to work well with it although you have to make sure that you do not plant it anywhere near sage or rue as they are enemies and you will be disappointed in the growth of your basil.
However, basil does thrive alongside anise, chamomile, and oregano and if you want to add some flowers, then petunias are going to be your best bet. When it comes to other plants, then tomatoes, peppers, and asparagus are also going to be your friend.
When it comes to borage then there are fewer options. In short, you should consider planting it alongside strawberries, squash or tomatoes.
Chamomile is famous for its calming influences and if you plan on growing it yourself then consider putting it close to basil. However, it is also going to help cucumber, cabbage, and onions.
Chives are popular to grow and they can also be very useful to a number of other plants. You should pay particular attention to planting chives alongside tomatoes as the chives will help to protect the tomatoes from a number of pests but you might also want to try them alongside carrots and even roses.
This is a powerful herb and if you are wondering about what to plant alongside it then there are a few options that are worth checking out. In this instance, dill and anise are going to work well but so will caraway and even spinach.
We just said how dill works well with coriander but it also works with a number of other plants as well. Ideally, you should plant it beside lettuce, cucumbers, corn and onions but at the same time do avoid putting it too close to tomatoes, lavender, caraway or carrots as you will just make life harder for yourself.
Garlic has a number of major benefits associated with it but it works well when planted close to tomatoes for the way in which it repels various pests. In addition, it also helps various fruit trees including apple and pear. For vegetables, consider lettuce, peas and celery and cucumber is another option to consider.
The problem with mint is that it is capable of taking over the place so you need to be careful with the planting. You should avoid planting it close to parsley. However it goes well with tomatoes, turnip, mustard and broccoli.
Here is something that is very important, oregano is capable of working well with any vegetable so there are basically no restrictions on the plants that work as companions with this herb.
You have to be careful with parsley and what you plant it alongside and we just noted how you cannot put it next to mint. However, parsley is going to be beneficial primarily along with tomatoes, corn, and asparagus where it will help improve the growth of the different plants.
Rosemary is a powerful herb and it is also going to help a number of other plants. In particular, cabbage, beans, sage and carrots will work well but the one thing that you must do is never plant rosemary next to basil. If you do this, then you are going to discover that your rosemary will die which is why you need to avoid it at all costs.
Even though it may not be the first herb that you consider growing, sage can work well indoors and you have some options when it comes to the companion planting. However, you should never plant it next to cucumbers, onions or rue so if you have them in the area then keep them far enough apart that they do not interfere. Plants that work well with sage include carrots, rosemary, cabbage, broccoli, beans, and cauliflower.
There are a number of different varieties of tarragon and when it comes to the idea of companion planting then the good news is that you can plant tarragon with pretty much anything in the vegetable world. However, it does have a very positive impact on eggplant so if you are planning on growing eggplant indoors, then put tarragon with it to get a better yield.
Thyme is a hardy herb but there are fewer options available regarding companion planting. In actual fact, the main recommendation is to plant it alongside cabbage as it will help to keep certain pests away from the cabbage which is important considering they are usually swamped by pests.
Anise is not that common when it comes to herbs that are grown at home, but it is certainly one that can help to pack a lot of flavor into a recipe. If you are wondering about the plants to put it alongside, then the best option is to go for either basil or coriander as they do get on well with one another and you should not run into any problems.
Caraway is quite a cool herb to grow and it is not that concerned about what it is put alongside when it is growing. You can be quite rough with the growing of caraway as it can withstand a lot which is why you can often put it with a number of different herbs and vegetables and can then expect amazing things from it.
Chervil should be more popular than it is but it is often just grown mainly on its own rather than you trying to use the science that is behind the concept of companion planting. However, if you do want to go down that particular road then the best option is to plant chervil along with radishes.
Fennel is different to pretty much every other herb that we have discussed up to this point. Fennel is a herb that you actually have to keep away from herbs and vegetables at all costs. It just does not get on with things at all and that is why it has to be kept all on its own or the herb itself will suffer.
If you have never heard of lovage then it is actually a wonderful thing to grow. In addition, it is known to be a powerful herb when it comes to improving the general health of other herbs and plants and that is why you can be quite sporadic with where you are planting it. Just throw it in amongst other plants and it will thrive just as long as you provide it with the perfect conditions.
Marjoram is an underused herb and that is a shame for it. However, when it comes to the concept of companion planting then you are free to plant it alongside any vegetable that you wish as it is going to work well in all cases. In actual fact, you are recommended to just give it a go with your other plants and note their general health and growth to see the difference that it can make.
21. Summer Savory.
When it comes to summer savory, then our advice is to grow it alongside either beans or onions rather than you planting it alongside other herbs.
So, there you have it a list of different herbs and the various herbs and vegetable plants that can be used in companion planting. Remember that there is some real gardening science behind this approach and you should certainly be serious about giving it a go for the way in which the herb can experience better growth while also avoiding various pests and diseases that can be repelled as a direct result.
However, as has been shown in a number of examples, there are times where certain plants or herbs can be counter-productive for the health of the plant and that is why you do need to be careful about these things before you go ahead and take action. Companion planting is all about mutually benefiting each plant and at the end of the day you want something that is strong, healthy and most important of all, that it is able to provide you with a herb that can be a wonderful addition to your cooking.