Herbs, Vegetables, and Perennials: Planting in a Grow Box

You can’t just grow anything in a grow box. Most grow boxes are fairly small compared to other container gardens, which means that you need to limit the size of your plants to three feet high or shorter. This is because there isn’t a lot of room in the box. The reservoir takes up quite a bit of room, so the soil has to be pretty shallow.

If that curbs your excitement and imagination because you were hoping to plant a rosebush, then the rest of this page will help you. Basically, you can plant herbs, vegetables, and small flowers in your grow box. I’ve listed some of the plants you can put in your grow box down below.


Leafy herbs grow very well in a grow box. You’ll have plenty of spices and herbs fresh from the garden all summer long!

1. Basil has thick, bushy foliage and stays a very deep green. You’ll be able to pluck leaves off whenever you want.

2. Cilantro, also called coriander, has white or yellow blossoms and small, toothed leaves that look somewhat like a palm tree.

3. Mint has purple or white blossoms and large, long, pointy leaves. It grows like wildfire, so you’ll always have plenty to use.

4. Oregano is like mint, so it has purple or white blossoms, but its leaves are round.

5. Parsley also has thick foliage and has leaves with three main nodes and many points. Like basil and mint, you can just go out and take leaves off.

6. Rosemary has white, blue, or purple flowers and needle-point leaves. It smells great, so you’d enjoy having it.

7. Thyme has white flowers and features very pointy, small, needle-like leaves


You can grow any number of vegetables in your grow box as long as they’re small. Those small vegetables include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beets, carrots, squash, beans, and peas. Choose small varieties, because there really isn’t a lot of space for the roots to go. For example, choose grape tomatoes instead of large, beefy ones.


You can also plant a large number of flowers in your grow box. Some of those flowers are listed below.

1. Anemones are small, with vibrant colors like bright pink in a round, yellow-centered blossom.

2. Bee balm attracts bees and butterflies. It comes in variety of pinks and features paint-brush like flowers.

3. Chrysanthemums have bright colors and plushy blossoms.

4. Coneflowers come in a variety of reds, oranges, and pinks. They look somewhat like a sunflower and have poky, interesting centers.

5. Foxgloves, while poisonous, are extremely pretty, with bell-like blossoms in all colors coming off a long spike.

6. Geraniums come with fluffy, ruffling blossoms in lots of colors but mostly reds and pinks.

7. Irises come in all colors, featuring angel-shaped blossoms on long stalks with spiky foliage.