Fresh herbs take any meal to the next level, whether you’re adding garnish to your favorite Italian pasta or some extra layers to a Mediterranean-inspired dish. Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on grocery stores to grab fresh ingredients for your meals; you can easily and quickly grow herbs indoors with an herbal wall.

If you’re wondering how to start your very own vertical indoor herb garden, you’ve come to the right place.

Why an Indoor Herbal Wall Garden?

Did you know that you can grow delicious fresh herbs in your own home or apartment, no matter how much or how little space you have? It’s easy when you use a vertical gardening system! Herbal wall gardens are rapidly growing in popularity, and it’s easy to see why.

Indoor herbal walls:

  • Are easy to maintain,
  • Take up virtually zero space,
  • Are safe from foraging critters,
  • Liven up any indoor area,
  • Are protected from harsh elements, and
  • Generate natural, healthy foods.

The real question isn’t: Why have an indoor vertical garden? The question is instead: Why don’t you have an indoor herb garden yet?

Why Our Varden™ Indoor Gardening System Works

We have everything you need to start growing your favorite herbs and veggies like cilantro, chives, oregano, and spinach from the comfort of your own home or apartment. We are confident that our system is so easy to use that even people who lack a green thumb and have killed every houseplant they’ve owned can start growing healthy food in no time.

Our system works because it takes cues from Mother Nature. We use our proprietary Vardensoks for planting seeds and sprouts because it gives roots what they need: room to spread out, breathe, and absorb nutrients. Good drainage is key to thwarting root rot’s attempts to destroy your garden. That is why our well-draining setup ensures that plants get only as much moisture as they require.

Other vertical gardening kits fail because they move away from Mother Nature. Many kitchen garden starter kits, for example, come in clay pots or mason jars. The issue with using these small planters to grow herbs is that they can’t give roots the room they need to thrive; they are also notorious for trapping excess moisture, increasing the chances of harmful mold growth. Other popular indoor gardening alternatives, such as hydroponic systems, might produce plants easily, but they aren’t very eco-friendly — they require excessive amounts of water, chemicals, and energy to function.

Return to nature and see the healthier, tastier results in no time.

Tips to Get Started on Your Indoor Herb Garden Wall

Start your own indoor vertical herb garden with ease and experience the joy of growing your own food.

To start, you’ll need to grab the essentials:

  • Plant containers and a vertical frame
  • Herbs (sprouts or seeds)
  • Nutrient-rich potting soil

Check out the vertical farming systems and components we offer!

Choose the Best Herbs for Beginners

Growing herbs for the first time and not sure where to start?

The following are some of the best herbs and veggies for beginners:

  • Chives
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Cilantro / coriander
  • Basil
  • Spinach
  • Kale

You can pick up seed packets for these popular plants at most hardware and gardening stores. Or you can check out the fast-growing plants we offer through our Edible Plant Program.

Get Dirty

Our system requires dirt to help plants grow to their full potential. But not all plants tolerate the same types of soils. You will need to take soil types into consideration when planting your herb garden.

Plants that like drier soil include:

  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Plants that like wetter soil include:

  • Lemongrass
  • Mint
  • Parsley

In addition to how moist the soil is, you’ll need to ensure that your soil is nutrient dense. Fortunately, good potting mix is easy enough to come by. You can find a wide selection at your local garden center or you can purchase some of ours, which is composted right here in St. Louis, Missouri.

Set the Lighting

Location is key! You need to ensure that indoor plants get enough light. What counts as “enough light”? Well, that will vary by plant species. Some plants enjoy lots of sunshine and will easily thrive next to a sunny window. Others do better in partial sunlight and will be perfectly fine if you move them away from your windowsill.

Plants that like full sun include:

  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Plants that like partial sun include:

  • Tarragon
  • Parsley
  • Mint

Natural light is best, although that option isn’t always readily available, depending on your location. In these cases, an LED grow light can be a suitable alternative.

Get in Touch

Gardening doesn’t have to be a solo hobby. If you have any questions about our system or need suggestions on how to use it, please contact us. You can also join our Facebook group to get in touch with other horticulturalists and engage in a wider community of gardeners.

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About the Author: Mark Woolbright

Mark Woolbright is an inventor and innovator of living walls with over 30 years in design, manufacture, marketing, and installation of plantable, living wall systems. Mark graduated from Eastern Illinois University and is currently Managing Member of Greenwall Ventures, LLC, and most recently, CEO/Founder of Verdtech, Inc. Throughout his career, he has been awarded twelve patents, with more applications pending. Mark has served on the Board of the St. Louis USGBC, as a member of the Green Wall Committee of GRHC which develops course curriculum for its Green Walls 101 course and is a certified Biophilic Design trainer through GPGB. He is passionate about educating the building community on the environmental benefits of Living Walls and best practices for their use. If you have questions on living walls, contact Mark at (314) 279-8905 or View his creations and services at