My Front Porch Herb Garden ~ Elements of Summer

Herbs are the perfect Element of Summer.  You can use them in so many ways and they are so easy to grow, snip for use now and dry for use later.  

Fresh Cut Herbs Two

I have always dreamed of a kitchen herb garden.  One where I could open the French Doors off of my huge kitchen and cut some fresh herbs to use in something I was cooking or baking.

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Since I don't have French Doors off of my galley kitchen (there is a window that opens onto a roof below) I decided to make due and instead of having only flowers on my front porch this year I made it a Front Porch Herb Garden.  

Herb Garden from Arbor

I gathered some herbs I already had ~ the big pot of chives was grown by my youngest when he was only 4.  He loves that they come back every year and he pulls some off to munch on when I let him 😉 

I recycled an old bird bath base to hold a metal bucket filled with dill ~ I hope to use it for seasoning my pickles this year.  

Herb Garden Elements of Summer

 This rusty planter has rosemary and basil happily growing it and shares its space with a well worn wooden church.

Herb Garden with petunias

The pink pot contains Stevia which is new to me this year.  I'm excited to see if I can successfully harvest some to sweeten coffee and tea.  

To the right of the Stevia in the metal pot is Hyssop ~ also new to me this year.  I need to look up some ways to use it.

Herb Garden with Purple Petunias

This is definitely not an herb but I still wanted something flowering on the porch so right by the door is this lovely purple petunia ~ it was a hanging basket and I just cut off the hanger and placed it in this vintage wooden plant holder.

Front Porch Herb Garden Front Door

Here's  a view from the front yard....there seems to be a lot of chaos in this area!  The clematis is once again taking over everything.  

Purple-Petunias Elements of Summer

 I just like this picture so it's a bonus!

Fresh Cut Herbs One

 And lastly are some of my herbs cut fresh and laid out all pretty.  

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34 Comments

  1. Suzy @ Worthing Court says:

    I love this idea, Mary Beth! Everything looks so pretty on your front porch. I'd love that dreamy kitchen that you described too!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Suzy! I think your new kitchen will be dreamier than you can imagine. hugs, mary beth

  2. laura@top this top that says:

    love all the flowers/plants that you get to look at each day. there is something about unruly clematis that makes it so much prettier. happy summer.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Laura! I used to have a porch rail where the clematis is and it twined all through it. I loved it but I had to demolish part of the porch last year so the poor clematis has a little trellis to grow on and it does not like being limited. Have a wonderful summer ~ hugs, mb

  3. I love herbs and your little "garden" is perfect!! Happy SUMMER!!! 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Angela! Happy Summer to you as well ~ I can't believe it's already June...I always want summer to go by s-l-o-w-l-y. hugs, mb

  4. Linda @ It All Started With Paint says:

    I love the idea of a front porch herb garden! Now I'm inspired to try out an edible container garden this year. My only fear is the squirrels will eat it all before I can enjoy!

    🙂 Linda

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Squirrels are greedy little buggers. I saw one running through my yard this morning. I don't think ~ fingers crossed~ he'll like any of my herbs but you never know.

  5. Kathy@ Petticoat Junktion says:

    Mary Beth, Your flowers are beautiful and the herb garden is something I want to attempt. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Kathy! I'm hoping I can bring some of them in to winter over and then just put out again next year.

  6. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Fresh herbs are fabulous. Love your porch and such great planters too.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Marty, and I appreciate you stopping by.

  7. Richella Parham says:

    What a great idea! Like you, I love the thought of an herb garden--I need to follow your example and just create a little potted one for myself!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Richella. I like that I can just go out the front door and get what I need.

  8. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    What a sweet arrangement on your porch, Mary Beth. Isn't it fun to put together bits of this and that and stand back and have created a lovely moment?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Diane. I've been going out and just standing on the porch looking at ~ I love little things like this.

  9. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    Mary Beth, I have a kitchen herb garden... you will love it! But mine is not as sweet as yours! You have done a wonderful job of making it not only useful but so darling. I planted stevia for the first time too this year! I love love love the bird on your door... can I ask, where did you get it? So fun partying with you!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much for your kind comments, Yvonne! We'll have to swap stevia recipes. 🙂 I bought the bird at Joann Fabrics for half off last weekend. It's a joy to party with you as well. hugs, Mary Beth

  10. Paula@SweetPea says:

    Having the herbs that you need for cooking conveniently located on your front porch is a wonderful idea. I love the pretty way you potted and displayed the plants, too. I saw Stevia last year and wanted to try it. I'll have to look for it when I'm out plant shopping.

  11. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says:

    So pretty, Mary Beth!! Hubby has been wanting to expand our herb gardening. I have to show him your post!

  12. Mary Beth I just love your front porch herb garden! Anything that is beautiful and functional is a hit in my book and you've created such a lovely space. So fun to be part of this series with you this week!
    Vanessa

  13. Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

    I love all the herbs and flowers! Such a beautiful porch!!

  14. Kim@NewlyWoodwards says:

    What a lovely garden. And so practical. I love having herbs at the ready near the kitchen. And your talk of dill makes me hungry. 😉 It's my favorite.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Kim. I am slowly becoming a big fan of dill! Have a wonderful weekend.

  15. I'm impressed, wish I had your motivation! I've grown some herbs on the windowsill but never so many. It's great that you're trying new things. Good luck with them!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kathleen ~ I'm hoping that I actually harvest some and don't just let them sit there!

  16. Marty Walden says:

    I just love your herb garden, Mary Beth! I have no inclination towards a green thumb but I do love beautiful green plants and flowers! Since we built our front deck I've been trying to learn more about taking care of them because that's usually my hubby's area.

    Thanks for joining us on the tour!

  17. I love your herb garden Mary Beth!! Your clematis really is taking over - they grow like crazy once they pop up for summer don't they?? Love your summer post - thanks for sharing on Monday Funday! Pinned!

  18. carolyn | homework says:

    So pretty Mary Beth!! Thank you so much for sharing on The Inspiration Board. I so appreciate it! You were featured in the spotlight!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    carolyn ~ homework

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Carolyn! You have a wonderful weekend as well ~ hugs, mb

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