A Cornucopia of Herbs


Herbdoc has a great idea for a cool-looking herb garden:

This woven cornucopia has been my favorite hanging basket this year. It draws attention and sparks conversation because of its unusual shape, and since it hangs just outside the kitchen door on the second floor decks always presents itself for quick snipping.

The overflowing cornucopia is filled with thyme, oregano, parsley and rosemary and is lined with plastic to retain the soil. If you decide to make one, pack it full of herbs and/or flowers from the start, and water it daily. Don’t hesitate to clip the herbs to your heart’s content! If not kept in check, they will grow far over the sides and may exit the basket altogether! Every six weeks or so give it a dose of fish emulsion to keep it healthy and happy in its soilless mix.

Right now I’m trying to decide if I will try to overwinter the basket on a kitchen window hanger or just try to replant it next year. Any opinions, readers?


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10 Responses to A Cornucopia of Herbs

  1. Nell Jean says:

    I have a similar cornucopia that I’ve had for about 40 years. I’m trying to decide whether I want to do this, or use it as a hanging container somewhere that will not weather using a liner that will protect the wicker. I like the idea of a hanging container of the herbs you used crammed in together and kept clipped.


  2. herbdoc says:

    Thanks, Nell Jean! The cornucopia has a plastic liner and I really haven’t noticed any water escaping from the basket itself. I’d love to transfer it to the kitchen, but I’ll probably have to take it to the sink for watering and then return it to its hanger. I do plan to give the wicker a good coat or two of weather seal this fall so that the basket will hold up better!


  3. cj wright says:

    This is a great idea!! I’m in zone 8, so the herbs in your basket would barely notice the winter.

    For dn ~ love the mermaid header photo!


  4. Ambius says:

    Absolutely brilliant idea – can imagine the shape give the herbs plenty of room to root so it’s perfectly possible to pack them together. It might be a pain to overwinter it, but just think of all those lovely fresh herbs you will have with your Holiday dinners!

    Simon @Ambius


  5. herbdoc says:

    I agree, CJ! I love that mermaid and was wondering if DN has any idea where the owner purchased it. I’ve been searching online, but nothing comes close to it yet!


    • dirtynailz says:

      I am back from my travels. The mermaid is in a garden in Newport. I photographed her while taking the “Secret Garden” tour.


  6. herbdoc says:

    Thanks, Simon! I’ve been getting more pros than cons so I’ll most likely try it and let everyone know. My kids like to tease me and say I’ll put an herb in anything, and I guess this goes to prove it! 🙂


  7. cj wright says:

    I just had an idea for your southern readers. Add pansies to the basket of herbs in the winter and you have instant color, not to mention some edible flowers. 🙂


  8. Daniel says:

    Really it was an nice idea of keeping the hanging herb garden in the outdoor of kitchen! The cornucopia of herbs in the basket that shape was attractive.


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