Companion Planting With Herbs

What grows best with basil and other herbs?

April 30, 2019



Learn about companion planting with herbs! The classic example is that basil grows well with tomatoes, but there are many more great combinations. Herbs are also great companions to food in your culinary masterpieces.

Companion Planting with Herbs

Here are a few of the most common herbs, as well as the best companion plants for them in the garden. We’ve also listed how each herb is best used in the kitchen.

Basil herb

In the garden: Plant with tomatoes. Repels flies and mosquitoes.
In the kitchen: Use in tomato dishes, pesto, sauces, and salad dressings.

Chives herb

In the garden: Plant with carrots.
In the kitchen: Related to the onion, chives enliven vegetable dishes, dressings, casseroles, rice, eggs, cheese dishes, sauces, gravies, and dips.

Dill herb

In the garden: Plant with cabbages. Keep away from carrots.
In the kitchen: Use seed for pickles and also to add aroma and taste to strong vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, and turnips. Use fresh with green beans, potato dishes, cheese, soups, salads, seafood, and sauces.

Marjoram herb

In the garden: Good companion to all vegetables.
In the kitchen: Excellent in almost any meat, fish, dairy, or vegetable dish that isn’t sweet. Add near the end of cooking.

Mint herb

In the garden: Plant near cabbage and tomatoes. Deters white cabbage moth.
In the kitchen: It is common in Middle Eastern dishes. Use with roast lamb or fish and in salads, jellies, or teas.

Oregano herb

In the garden: Good companion to all vegetables.
In the kitchen: Of Italian origin, its taste is zesty and strong, good in any tomato dish. Try oregano with summer squash and potatoes, mushroom dishes, beans, or in a marinade for lamb or game.

Parsley herb

In the garden: Plant near asparagus, corn, and tomatoes.
In the kitchen: Use fresh parsley in soups, sauces, and salads. It lessens the need for salt in soups. You can fry parsley and use it as a side dish with meat or fish. It is, of course, the perfect garnish.

Rosemary herb

In the garden: Plant near cabbage, beans, carrots, and sage. Deters cabbage moth, bean beetles, and carrot fly.
In the kitchen: Use for poultry, lamb, and tomato dishes, stews, soups, and vegetables. Try it finely chopped in breads and custards for a savory tinge.

Sage herb

In the garden: Plant near rosemary, cabbage, and carrots; away from cucumbers. Deters cabbage moth and carrot fly.
In the kitchen: Use in cheese dishes, stuffings, soups, pickles, with beans and peas, and in salads. Excellent for salt-free cooking.

Tarragon herb

In the garden: Good companion to most vegetables.
In the kitchen: Great with meat, eggs, poultry, seafood, and in salad dressings, marinades, and sauces.

Thyme herb

In the garden: Plant near cabbage. Deters cabbage worm.
In the kitchen: Use in casseroles, stews, soups, ragouts, and with eggs, potatoes, fish, and green vegetables.

More Common Herbs

In the garden: Plant with coriander, which promotes its germination and growth.
In the kitchen: Use in cookies, cakes, fruit fillings, and breads, or with cottage cheese, shellfish, and spaghetti dishes.

In the garden: Plant with tomatoes, squash, and strawberries. Deters tomato hornworm.
In the kitchen: Use leaves in salads; flowers in soups and stews.

In the garden: Plant here and there. Loosens soil.
In the kitchen: Use in rye breads, cheese dips and rarebits, soups, applesauce, salads, coleslaw, and over pork or sauerkraut.

In the garden: Plant with radishes.
In the kitchen: Use with soups, salads, sauces, eggs, fish, veal, lamb, and pork.

In the garden: Plant away from other herbs and vegetables.
In the kitchen: Use to flavor pastries, confectionery, sweet pickles, sausages, tomato dishes, soups, and to flavor vinegars and oils. Gives warmth and sweetness to curries.

In the garden: Plant near roses and raspberries. Deters Japanese beetle.
In the kitchen: Use in tomato dishes, garlic bread, soups, dips, sauces, marinades, or with meats, poultry, fish, and vegetables.

In the garden: Plant here and there to improve the health and flavor of other plants.
In the kitchen: It’s a great flavoring for soups, stews, and salad dressings. Goes well with potatoes. The seeds can be used on breads and biscuits.

Summer Savory
In the garden: Plant with beans and onions to improve growth and flavor.
In the kitchen: Popular in soups, stews, stuffings, and with fish, chicken, green beans, and eggs.

Do you use herbs as companion plants? Tell us your favorite combinations in the comments below!


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A word of caution about some of these

It should be noted that, as wonderful as they are, all kinds of mint and oregano are highly invasive, and will take over any garden space if not kept firmly in check. They are better suited to individual containers if you are not a highly vigilant weeder. There are also companion issues amongst herbs, i.e. sage and chives don't get along, basil doesn't like thyme... A good resource can be found in wikipedia, a list of companion plants - herbs.

herbs and companion planting

So good to know about basil deterring flies and mosquitos. I'm going to grow near the garden plants and all around the deck where we spend family time too! Other herbs that deter mosquitos? I'd love to plant several in and around our space.

mosquito repellent plants

Several plants have a reputation for repelling mosquitoes with their natural fragrances, including citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus; C. winterianus), and catnip (Nepeta cataria). The oils in the leaves help to repel the critters, so plant these herbs around the deck and crush a few of the leaves while you enjoy your outdoor living space.

Herbs for Companion Planting

Excellent article. It provides very beneficial information on taking the mystery out of companions in the garden. It further emphasizes the magnificent power of herbs in the garden as protectors and companions,

Thank you

Thank you for your time and efforts. My Grandfather always planted by the almanac he farmed 400 acres in the Dakotas.

How do you plant a herb

How do you plant a herb garden for the Kitchen? Such as container to use, dirt make a box? Have a nice big kitchen window that receives a lot of sun, really would like to do this without the mess off dirt leaking all over the counter. Just maybe 4 or 5 herbs Thank you.

Get a pretty box (wood, metal

Get a pretty box (wood, metal etc.) that fits on the windowsill and then put the individual herb pots into the box. There are herb growing guides on this web site if you go to the gardening section.

how can I print this? I tried

how can I print this? I tried and it would not print, I want to make notes of what goes with what so when planting time comes i what to do, help. Thanks M Dunham

Hello Mary, You can print

Hello Mary, You can print this article by clicking the print button in the upper right of the article under the main photo.  This will show a print-friendly version of the page, you can then choose File > Print from your browser's tool bar.  For further help contact

The time is two years after

The time is two years after the original post in this article is still not printing. Your print option is at the bottom of your page after the main article

Printing any web article...

Just a technical suggestion here... ANY article on NEARLY ANY web page can be printed to your printer. You can hold down the <CTRL> key and hit the print key if you're on a desktop. Laptops usually require you to <Right Click> on the main article page (somewhere in the text of the article, NOT on an AD or 'white space) and choose 'Print'. There's always a way to print an article. And I know it works on this one because I've printed it on both my PC desktop and my Mac laptop. PLUS, I printed it as a PDF so it can be mailed and accessed on my phone.

Oh the joys of this technology life we live! (NOT!!)

Best of luck,


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