Dobbies Garden Centres are proud to support #NurtureForNature. Their Horticultural Director, Marcus Eyles, has provided some top tips on how to create a herb pyramid, which is ideal for attracting pollinators. 

No matter what size your garden space, it's simple to grow your own herbs. They're low maintenance and easy to grow - some sunshine and regular watering is all they need. A herb pyramid is a great idea if you are short on space and looks great too as a feature pot on the patio.

Shopping List 

Dobbies' Herb Pyramid
  • 35cm terracotta pot
  • 20cm terracotta pot
  • 15cm terracotta pot
  • Peat-free compost
  • Your choice of herbs
  • Horticultural grit
  • Watering can
  • Gardening gloves


Step-by-step instructions

  1. Choose your favourite herbs - a mix of different colours and textures looks great - and three different sized pots. Butterflies particularly like Rosemary, Chives, Marjoram, Thyme and Mint. 
  2. Add your peat-free compost to your largest pot until it's virtually full.
  3. Sit the next pot on the compost and begin to plant herbs in the bottom pot around the smaller one.
  4. Think about the positioning of your herbs – Rosemary, Marjoram and Thyme like full sun, whereas Chives and Mint will grow well in full sun or partial shade, so consider this when you are planting.
  5. Repeat with the middle and top pots.
  6. Add a layer of grit to the surface of the compost in each pot to keep weeds at bay and stop rain splash marking your herbs.
  7. Water the pyramid gently. Remember to water regularly during the growing season and feed with liquid fertiliser every week to keep your herbs at their best – ensure they don’t get water-logged.

How to video

Dobbies top gardening products

Dobbies also recommend some of their top gardening products, ideal for when you are working in the garden with your pollinator-friendly plants:

These gardening gloves are a must-have for butterfly fans.

If you want to plant your herbs from seed, these gloves are ideal for intricate tasks.

Weed, plant or do up-close gardening with ease and comfort on the Burgon & Ball Kneelo Kneeler

Give your herbs and plants a home of their own in this timeless classic, made from recycled materials:

Keep your herbs healthy throughout the year.

Transplant your herbs and plants with ease.

A lightweight and durable watering can.

There are further ranges available in the 70 Dobbies stores across the UK. 

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