Watering Can Planter

Think outside the box when choosing containers. Who would have predicted that a watering can would look so nice filled with herbs? Pamela Crawford planted this watering can with favorite culinary herbs: rosemary, Pineapple sage, Sweet basil, Spicy Globe basil, and sage. The arrangement looks good not only because of the unique container but also because of the textural differences of the plants. The combo will look great spring to fall, when the Pineapple sage will bloom.

Follow Pamela’s tips for planting a watering can or any small herb container:

  • Be sure to drill a hole in the bottom of the watering can, which means it won’t hold water again! Make sure you have proper drainage and use good quality potting soil in any container you plant.
  • Plant a tall or spiky herb (like rosemary, Sweet basil, and Pineapple sage) in the center of the pot and a trailing herb (like oregano, sage, and Spicy Globe basil) along the edge. The container shown here is an example of this simple concept.
  • Mix plants with different leaf sizes, so they show up well next to each other. For example, set spiky rosemary next to big-leafed Pineapple sage and tiny-leafed Spicy Globe basil next to sage.

Garden author and self-proclaimed former "black thumb," Pamela Crawford helps make container gardening easy. This container project is from Pamela's latest book, Easy Container Combos: Herbs & Flowers, released in March 2011 by Color Garden Publishing. Visit Pamela at www.easygardencolor.com.