There are many ways to enjoy herbs and citrus plants indoors during the winter. We love to create small vignettes in sunny windows — groups are much better than a single boring pot. The kitchen is of course the best place for herbs… easy access for inspired cooking. You can line a windowsill pot to pot (this is where the decorative use of pots comes in). It’s so pretty to line clay up in a row, the way they do in kitchens in southern France and Italy. The real key to great herbs and citrus fruits in the winter is good sunlight. If your kitchen does not have enough sunlight, choose another room to keep them in. Herbs are not expensive, so don’t hold onto them forever (with the exception of rosemary). Replace your herbs every few months to keep them fresh and healthy.
A citrus beginner? We recommend trying a Meyer Lemon plant. This variety of citrus is ideal for growing indoors. Meyer Lemon is a natural dwarf stock – meaning in its natural environment can reach a height of 6-8 feet. Most important in controlling the height of a any tree is the size of the container in which it is planted. The plant itself will only get as large as its root system will support. The fruit has a slightly sweeter flavor than “grocery store” lemons. Chef’s everywhere praise it’s flavor.
A bay window is great for any sort of plant display. Or set up a plant table and create a many layered indoor garden. Use beautiful, one of a kind pots that you’ve collected over the years. Or use containers with a color theme that works fits with the style and decor of your room. Place pots in small groups to create a collection, raise some pots to create different levels (can be done by turning some pots upside down, acting like pedestals, and placing the planted pots on top). This achieves varying height in the grouping. We always like to add some flowering bulbs like paperwhites or amaryllis into the collection, for fun, variety and color. Try throwing in a small garden statue for dramatic effect. Have some fun with your floral, green decorations. Take a look at your space and figure out what you think would look nice. Anything goes when it comes to herbs & houseplants — have fun exploring!