What a beautiful post! And a very warm welcome to our gardening thread, it's so lovely to have you here.
Warm welcome to BB also lol.
I guess we're all travelling together in our separate but connected gardening journeys.
Indeed! I know FOR SURE that my gardening & growing food journey really helped me battle depression for many years. It's pretty much gone now.
My garden was trashed by my attitude was NOT lol.
Oh I just looked up Westringia! Pretty coastal rosemary. I'm on the coast, looking at the water from my balcony right now at dawn. SPECTACULAR dawn btw, absolutely beautiful.
IF you can grow Westringia and you LIKE eating rosemary then I'd get one of those.
I read your post then made my 4th hot milo lol - it's really cold here this morning after a few warm days.
Then I noticed something we do that you may want to do. We have a little 2 litre bucket (from a restaurant - we have LOTS of them for difft purposes).. & we put it under our kitchen tap in the sink to collect water we wash our hands with.
I just watered the pots in the front garden & porch with that water now.
I'm so glad you've met Community garden folk - little pixies! I get all sorts from Community gardens, they're fantastic!
If I were you, I'd start with a long list of herbs you like to EAT. Only grow the ones you like to eat.
Then you can post here and we can divide them up in groups (and seasons) if you like.
If I'm planting more than one herb in a pot then I ALWAYS companion plant. It helps ALL the plants growing together.
Parsley is easy to grow but the one you MUST start with IF you like eating rosemary is ROSEMARY. Awesome plant. I like the "skewer type" rosemary. It's form is straight out and easy to use as skewers for kebabs. Yummo!
Rosemary needs little water being from the Mediterranean. Any herbs from there are what suits little water and hot weather. The bigger the pot, the bigger it can grow to. I wouldn't grown anything else in the rosemary pot. Up to you to try.
We're coming into my favourite BASIL season, yay! SO easy to grow from seed directly in the pot. It likes to grow in a FOREST so you can fill the whole pot with seeds & watch the forest grow.
I also grow oregano in a pot. One is struggling with not much sun, I'll have to move the pot.
The other is like a painting from Ancient Greece! It's spilling over the sides of a HUGE pot & growing along the ground.
So there are 4 if you like them?