If you’ve sacrificed valuable wall storage space in exchange for a kitchen with a view, use the added natural light to create an eye-catching kitchen garden window.
This project is a practical way for homeowners to add their own creativity to a space, by implementing an efficient means of growing culinary herbs for daily use in recipes and meal preparation.
A little bit of greenery in the kitchen can go a long way and take the room in a whole new direction. And you’re not limited to growing culinary herbs on your kitchen windowsill, if your plant tastes happen to lie outside the edible arena.
Culinary herbs and leafy greens are easy to grow, and dense root systems make them perfect for container gardening. An indoor window garden can accommodate a wide range of herbs throughout the year, while planters and containers just outside your kitchen door can be a substantial supplement for additional edible plants from spring to fall. Many homeowners choose to grow culinary herbs for convenience, and they also tend to be expensive items at the market that are relatively inexpensive to grow at home. The plants themselves are beautiful and add a wonderful aroma to the air. Design options are practically limitless, so unchain your imagination after gathering some inspiration from these kitchen garden window ideas and designs.
Kitchen garden windows
Most culinary herbs like direct sunlight, but you don’t have to grow them all right in the window. Plants that get plenty of indirect light will do just as well, increasing your space and design options.
It’s a shame to let the windowsills go to waste in a sunny kitchen like this one. Potted plants can also be a smart and stylish way to diffuse the view from the outside in, without hanging a window treatment that ruins your own view or natural lighting scheme.
This tiered, self-watering hanging planter from Plow & Hearth is a great space saver that makes it easy to rotate plants for cuttings and even sun exposure.
Perfect for a windowsill, countertop, or tabletop, these beveled herb pots from Made in Design are chic, portable, and easy to cut from.
This recessed countertop organizer is perfect spot for frequently used herbs, which help add pattern, texture, and color to the cooking station.
The planting troughs in this kitchen utilize wall space rather than countertops or windowsills, while supporting the rustic aesthetic of the open floor plan.
With showy plants like culinary herbs, it’s easy to let the greenery steal the show, but in an eclectic kitchen the containers themselves can become an integral part of the design aesthetic.
Expanding your kitchen garden windows outdoors.
Ideally, a culinary garden is convenient to the kitchen so it can be accessed quickly to cut herbs and other edibles as needed. You don’t need a large outdoor garden space to grow culinary herbs and other produce. Any hardscaped area will do, even if it’s as small as an apartment balcony or patio. Around a home’s exterior, there are plenty of options for planter and container gardening, including upcycling ideas you can implement yourself.
A space saver like this tiered garden box helps bring more light and heat to the plants. The design is perfect for herbs, strawberries, lettuces, and overhanging plants.
This similarly designed idea repurposed old deck stairs and provides the growing space of a garden bed without any breaking ground.
These colorful plants dress up the brick wall and provide a ton of growing room, while taking up virtually no additional space.
Keeping plants in containers can really help extend both your design options and the growing season for outdoor plants. The cement patio, black pots, and wood siding all increase both soil and air temperatures by several degrees.
Many edible plants make colorful and attractive design accents. Kale, rainbow chard, arugula, mustards, lettuces, and most culinary herbs are all used in ornamental landscape design.
When your needs aren’t very high volume or you’re only cooking for one, a simple design like this one from Hayneedle can become the perfect kitchen herb garden indoors or out.