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The herb snail offers your favorite herbs the perfect framework for vigorous growth and an aromatic harvest. Is the right planting site for a herb giving you a headache? With these tips for every climate zone, the perfect planting plan for your herb snail is no longer a gardening mystery. This is how you plant your herb spiral correctly.

The herb spiral is planted in spring

The best planting time is in spring

Spring has emerged as the ideal planting time for the herb snail. Especially with frost-sensitive, Mediterranean herbs, there is a high failure rate after autumn planting. If you have filled the herb spiral with fresh soil, please wait about 2 weeks so that the substrate can settle.

Tips for the planting plan near water

The southern orientation suits the herbal plants at the base of the spiral very well. A small pond provides plenty of water and there is no shortage of sunshine either. Since the transition between the water zone and the wet area is fluid, the following overview provides you with recommended herbal plants for the planting plan of both regions:

Planting plan for the lower part of the herb snail

water zone botanical name wet zone botanical name
watercress Nasturtium officinale wild garlic Allium ursinum
stream exercise Veronica beccabunga dill, cucumber herb Anethum graveolens
water chestnut Trapa natans Indian nettle, bee balm Monarda didyma
calamus Acorus americanus lady's mantle Alchemilla mollis
chives Allium schoenoprasum
Sorrel, meadow sorrel Rumex acetosa
Parsely Petroselinum crispum

Please note in the planting plan that there is a sufficient distance between high-growing and low-growing herbs so that no growth-inhibiting shadows are cast.

These herbs love temperate conditions - medium range planting plan

In the moderate climatic zone of your herb snail you can draw from the full when selecting suitable herbs. Fresh, nutritious and loose garden soil with pleasant semi-shady lighting conditions spur a variety of aromatic herbs to floral peak performance. Write down these species and varieties in your planting plan:

  • Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
  • Spice fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Chervil (Anthriscus)
  • Burnet (Sanguisorba minor)
  • Marigold (Calendula officinalis)

These herbs house the top floor - planting plan for the dry climate zone

In the upper Mediterranean zone, sun worshipers come into their own from the herbal kingdom. Settle Mediterranean herbs here as well as all species with a preference for sandy-dry soil quality. The following overview lists popular aroma artists for your planting plan:

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
  • Dost (Origanum vulgare)

There is no room for lovage and co. in the herb snail

If space-consuming herbs cheat their way into the planting plan, trouble is inevitable. Please allocate lovage and comfrey to a place outside the herb snail. The same applies to herbs with invasive root growth or unfavorable root exudates, such as tarragon and wormwood.


A dry stone wall gives your herb snail the perfect setting. Since the natural stones are joined together without mortar during construction, there are small gaps. With the help of plant bags, you can use these cavities as additional planting areas. Dwarf herbs or marigolds feel in good hands here and beautify the appearance.

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