ISSUE 19  |  Master Mix

10 Easy Pieces: Herb Markers

May 10, 2016 4:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

Growing up I was often given the chore of snipping herbs for the evening’s dinner. Usually the task was simple (rosemary, mint, thyme), but then there were also lemon thyme and purple basil and shiso leaves and sorrel. My limited knowledge of culinary herbs left me confused in the garden for longer than necessary. Here are 10 different markers–in metal, ceramic, and wood–for those of us trying to remember what’s what.

Above: Mini Garden Labels made from white clay and colored glaze have individually hand printed names (rosemary, heirloom tomato, cilantro, oregano, basil, and parsley); £2.13 apiece. Contact Paulova on Etsy for a custom order.


Above: A set of 10 Aluminum Plant Labels that can be stuck into the ground or wrapped around a branch. Meant to be marked with a permanent felt pen and made of anodized aluminum, they are €8 from Manufactum in Germany.


Above: Herb Garden Stakes are made from raw, high-fired porcelain stamped with herb and vegetable names: lavender, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, sage, basil, dill, oregano, mint, and thyme. Contact Pigeon Toe Ceramics for a custom order.


Above: The Seed Dibber and Label Set from Labour and Wait includes a wooden plant dibber with 1-inch increments, two sets of aluminum plant labels, and a carbon garden pencil (our favorite part of the set) that reacts with the aluminum of the tags. The writing is weatherproof and can only be removed with an eraser; £11.50.


Above: These Terracotta Herb Markers are made in England and come as a set of eight labeled sage, basil, dill, chives, thyme, tarragon, rosemary, and parsley; $24.90 at Kaufmann Mercantile. (Currently out of stock but Sign Up to be notified when they’re available.)


Above: A set of these Copper Plant Markers with the copper plate of each label slightly tilted for easier reading in the garden is $18 from Terrain.


Above: Pre-printed with names of either herbs or vegetables, a Set Of 6 Slate Garden Herb Markers is £9.50 from Garden Trading.


Above: Available in sets of three or six, Green Slate Markers quarried in England’s Lake District come with an erasable China Graph white pencil; from £10.38 to £16.21 depending on quantity from Honister Green Slate.


Above: This set of 20 smooth-surfaced slate markers of different sizes and shapes comes with a slate pencil. Made from castoff pieces of slate from quarries in Wales, a Wood Box Set of Slate Labels is £49.50 from Great English Outdoors.


Above: A set of five Solid Oak Plant Labels is €4.95 from Quickcrop.