To be able to pinch a few leaves of fresh Rosemary or Thyme while icy winds swirl menacingly outside the window is a luxury we wouldn't do without. For the cook on your gift list (or for yourself), we offer five different culinary herbs -- our choice -- in a charming wooden window box with a plastic liner. These undemanding plants require only a south-facing window and some care in watering. The recipient will appreciate your thoughtfulness all winter long. For more information on growing and care, click Growing Guide. Five herbs in 3 1/2-inch nursery pots set in an 18-inch long, 5-inch wide, 7-inch tall window box.
Video: Herbs on the Windowsill (1:16 minutes)
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To account for the differences between the climates of the Southeast and West, we have split the "warm" end of our hardiness ratings. In the example Hardiness Zone: 4-7 S / 4-9 W, the first number of each range (4) indicates cold hardiness. The second numbers (7 and 9) indicate the limits of a plant's range in the Southeast (S) and West (W).