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Which herbs go well together?

01.04.2022  /  Reading time: 6 minutes

To ensure that your herbs grow well in a bed or balcony box, you should pay attention to which plant partners you put together. This is because not all herbs get on well together. This is why you will get particularly healthy and large aromatic plants if you follow certain rules of mixed herb cultivation. I would like to introduce these to you here. You will also find a table with the most popular herb combinations.

This article contains:

  1. Why mixed cultivation in the herb bed?
  2. Which herbs don't get along? - Loners in the herb bed
  3. Creating a companion plant herb bed: suitable neighbors
  4. Mixed cultivation with herbs and vegetables
  5. Companion planting with herbs
  6. Tabelle (PDF): Welche Kräuter passen zusammen?
  7. Frequently asked questions about mixed cultures in the herb bed

Quick Overview

Which herbs to plant next to each other?

  • There are herbs that you should rather not plant in the herb bed, as they inhibit the growth of their neighbors. Wormwood, lovage and angelica are better planted individually.
  • Lavender can be combined well with other plants. Good neighbors include lemon balm, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme and curry herb. Parsley does not like being next to lavender.
  • Lemon balm also has many good neighbors such as coriander, lavender, mint, marigold, sage, chives and thyme. Basil should be planted somewhere else.
  • You can plantbasil together with marigold, fennel, oregano, parsley, rosemary or coriander. Bad neighbors are savory, marjoram, lemon balm, mint, sage and thyme.
  • You can find an overview of the neighbors of numerous herbs in our table, which is available to download as a PDF.

Why mixed cultivation in the herb bed?

Mixed cultivation is not only beneficial for vegetables. This principle can also be applied to herbs. Here are a few reasons why mixed cultivation in the herb bed or balcony box is a good idea:

  • Avoiding competition for nutrients: The different nutrient requirements of different herbs in the soil means there is less competition between neighbors. This means that all plants in the bed can be optimally supplied.
  • Similar site requirements: Herbs with similar light or soil requirements can be planted together in the "optimal" place in the garden. Some herbs prefer a brighter spot, others a shadier one. Still others prefer a lot of moisture while others like it rather dry.
  • Pest defense: Herbs are often used as partner plants in mixed cultivation. This is mainly due to their strong scent. The volatile substances not only repel pests from the herb, but also from certain other plants. Cleverly combined, you not only plant a tasty culinary herb in your garden, but also get a natural pest repellent.
  • Attracting beneficial insects: These aromas not only keep pests away, but also have a particularly attractive effect on many a pollinator and beneficial insect. Certain herbs attract beneficial insects, which destroy potential pests of their neighboring herbs.
  • Different space requirements: To ensure that none of the planting partners are restricted, the neighbors should have different growth forms. This applies both above and below ground. It therefore makes sense to plant deep-rooted and shallow-rooted herbs next to each other. That way they don't steal each other's root space and nutrients. However, herbs with sprawling foliage combined with herbs with a more compact growth habit also feel at home next to each other.
  • Do not mix annual and perennial herbs: Annual herbs must be sown or planted anew each year. To avoid damaging the roots of perennial herbs, it is advisable to plant annual and perennial herbs separately. If you cultivate your herbs in a balcony box or raised bed, you can make your own herb soil. You can find out how to do this in our article on the subject!

Which herbs don't get along? - Loners in the herb bed

Some plants need a lot of space and don't like anyone getting too close to them. This applies to vegetables, but also to herbs. This is partly due to their space requirements and partly because they can inhibit the growth of other plants around them (allelopathy). You should plant these herbs without direct neighbors:

  • Wormwood
  • lovage
  • Angelica

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Our library provides information on many herbs, including growing seasons, planting tips, and harvesting instructions. You can also find good and bad neighbors to help you plan a mixed crop.

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Mixed herb culture with lovage
Lovage likes to stand alone. Photo by MAKY_OREL on pixabay.

Creating a companion plant herb bed: suitable neighbors

In the following table you will find all the beneficial combinations of herbs. It also shows which neighborhoods you should avoid in the herb bed.

Which herbs to plant together? (table)

Herb Good neighbors Bad neighbors
Basil Marigold, fennel, oregano, parsley, rosemary, coriander Savory, marjoram, lemon balm, mint, sage, thyme
Savory Marigold, oregano, parsley, sage, thyme, curry herb Basil, mint
Borage Savory, marigold, dill, tarragon, coriander, marjoram Parsley
Curry herb Savory, lavender, sage, thyme, tarragon -
Dill Marigold, chervil, marjoram, parsley, chives Tarragon, fennel, sage, thyme
Coriander Marigold, rosemary, thyme, basil, tarragon, camomile, marjoram, mint, sage, lemon balm, aniseed, lemon verbena Fennel, chives, garlic, chervil
Chervil Marigold, dill, marjoram Coriander, parsley
Camomille Marigold, chives, coriander, mugwort, parsley mint
Lavendar Lemon balm, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, curry herb Parsley
Marjoram Marigold, dill, chervil, coriander, parsley Basil, fennel, oregano, thyme
Mint Marigold, coriander, lemon balm Basil, savory, chamomile, parsley, thyme
Oregano Basil, savory, marigold, rosemary, sage, chives, lavender, mugwort Marjoram
Parsley Basil, savory, marigold, chamomile, marjoram, thyme Fennel, chervil, mint, lavender, dill, borage
Rosemary Basil, marigold, coriander, oregano, sage, thyme, lavender Chives
Sage Savory, marigold, fennel, coriander, lemon balm, oregano, rosemary, thyme, lavender, curry herb Basil, dill
Chives Marigold, dill, camomile, lemon balm, oregano, thyme Coriander, rosemary
Thyme Savory, marigold, tarragon, lemon balm, rosemary, sage, chives, lavender Marjoram, basil, dill, mint
Hyssop Lavendar, thyme mint, anis

Tip: A herb spiral is a great place to try out and use mixed herb cultures.

Mixed cultivation with herbs and vegetables

Of course, you can not only grow herbs separately in a herb bed. They can also be wonderfully integrated into your vegetable patch. In the spirit of mixed cultivation, herbs can also keep pests and diseases away or attract beneficial insects with their scent. Herbs can also improve the growth and taste of vegetables. You can find more information on this in the article on mixed cultivation with herbs and vegetable plants.

Companion planting with herbs

Herbs are a wonderful addition to a mixed culture. Vegetables often benefit from herbs because they attract beneficial insects and can contribute to plant health. Some herbs can also enhance the flavor and aroma of vegetables. Mixing herbs in a bed is also a good idea. A diverse herb bed looks great and provides plenty of food for insects. For examples of your mixed herb garden, click here.

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Isabell studies agricultural sciences and loves to be surprised by nature and its complexity again and again. Herbs - whether gathered wild or in the garden - are her passion.

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In the herb bed, marigold or dill go well alongside marjoram. The herbs chervil, coriander and parsley are also good neighbors. Thyme, fennel, basil or oregano are less suitable next to marjoram.

Alongside oregano, you can plant sage, chives, marigold, rosemary, savory, lavender or basil. You should look for a different spot for marjoram, as it does not get on well with oregano.

There is no data available on bad neighbors, but curryweed likes to grow in sandy, dry locations. Sage and lavender, for example, are therefore good neighbors. On the other hand, water-loving herbs such as watercress or wild garlic could die of thirst in such a location.

Good neighbors for curry herb are other Mediterranean herbs such as savory, lavender, sage, thyme and tarragon. These are all herbs that like a sunny position and prefer poor soil.

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