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Published March 2, 2023 by Nicole Burke

Our Favorite Plant Labels for the Garden

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Add Character to Your Garden with Plant Tags and Plant Labels

I'll remember where I planted those seeds is one of the many lies we gardeners tell ourselves. And then we double-plant or—even worse, in my opinion—leave spaces with nothing planted.

This is where plant tags, plant labels, and plant markers come in handy. Not only can they serve a very useful function in our garden spaces, they can also bring a little personality, even charm.

We've rounded up some of our favorite plant tags and labels to help you find the right ones for your kitchen garden.

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Copper plant tags

copper plant labels in raised bed garden

Copper Plant Tags Add Warmth

Copper plant tags are a great option for Corten steel garden beds, but they can also bring out the warmth in a wood raised bed.

These 4" tall T-shaped copper plant tags come in a set of 40, plus a pen to write on them, for $17.99 on Amazon.

We also have an elegant hairpin-style set in the Gardenary shop.

copper plant tags

If you can splurge a bit or if you're looking for a great gardener gift, check out these beautiful handmade engraved copper plant tags from the Art in Motion Jewelry shop on Etsy ($10 each).

As with all my plant marker recommendations on Etsy, you select the name of the plant you want on the label from a dropdown menu. Many shops are willing to work with you if you don't see an option available.

engraved copper plant tags

Shop our copper hairpin plant tags

These elegant labels are designed for vertical or diagonal writing to mark your favorite herbs, fruiting plants, and leafy greens. The copper nameplates will patina over time.

Zinc plant labels

zinc plant labels

Zinc Plant Labels Are Super Durable

Zinc is resistant to corrosion, so you don't have to worry about these guys rusting any time soon.

You can write directly on the zinc and then wipe them clear. We like to print clear labels for our Rooted Garden clients. That way, they can pull the labels off and easily re-use the stakes each growing season.

zinc plant labels for garden

Shop these zinc hairpin plant tags

These tall, slender garden labels feature an extra-long, narrow nameplate designed for attractive vertical or diagonal writing. These sleek labels are ideal for flower gardens, herb gardens, and vegetable gardens.

Wood plant label stakes

wooden plant tags for vegetable garden

Wood Plant Label Stakes Are a Great Inexpensive Option

Wood plant labels are cheap and easily customizable—you can paint them, stain them, or leave them natural.

These 7" natural wood garden markers from the Planter Earth shop on Etsy look really modern and come untreated ($0.99 each).

If you go with wood instead of metal, just know that you'll most likely have to replace your markers every couple of seasons, especially if you live in a wet climate or water around the markers frequently.

Ceramic plant tags for garden

ceramic plant tags for garden

Ceramic Plant Tags Bring Traditional Appeal

If your garden has a European-flair, these blue and white ceramic plant tags from the Lisa Alden Art shop on Etsy would be perfect ($12.50 each). They're a bit of a splurge, but they'll also never rust, warp, or decay. Just give them a good rinse in between your growing seasons, and you're good to go.

Get 10 free copper hairpin plant labels when you buy our Copper-Clad Deluxe Tool Package

This gorgeous package includes a copper-plate transplanter, pruner, hand rake, planting line, and hygrometer.

Rusted metal garden stakes

plant tags metal

Rusted Metal Garden Stakes Make a Statement

These stakes are much larger than the other options here, and that's because they're meant to stand out instead of blend in. The weathered steel material is perfect to match a Corten steel raised garden bed or container.

I love these 20" tall rusted metal garden stakes from the DKJ Designs Art shop on Etsy ($15 each).

plant markers metal

Cast iron plant label stakes

cast iron plant label stakes

Cast Iron Plant Label Stakes Bring Old-World Charm

These cast iron garden plant tags from Bug Store Designs Etsy shop ($5 each) are reminiscent of antique French firebacks and are sure to make you feel like you're touring a kitchen garden in the Loire Valley.

Painted stone plant markers

plant labels diy

Painted Stones Plant Markers Add Bright Pops of Color to Your Garden Space

These painted stone herb markers from the Affinity Stones store on Etsy ($14.95 each) are really cute, and you can find so many other similar options on Etsy to fit the garden vibe you want.

If you're artsy, you could always find images of painted stone markers you like online for inspiration, grab some paint pens, and make your own. You'll end up with as many DIY plant labels as you need for the cost of a pack of paint pens.

Plant markers for seed starting

plant markers diy

Simple Plant Labels for Seed Starting

You don't need anything fancy here, so here are some inexpensive options for labeling your seed starting trays.

You could also label popsicle sticks or write on painter's tape and stick it to the sides of your trays for really simple DIY plant tags.

I recommend investing in a UV- and water-resistant marker like this one from Epic Gardening ($11.99 for pack of 5) for labeling your plant tags.

plant label marker that won't fade for garden plant tags

Never Forget Where You Planted Things Again

You'll never have trouble remembering where you planted what with these fun and attractive plant tag options for your garden. If you'd like to learn a little more about how to garden so that you don't have cute little markers next to a bunch of dead plants (a description of my garden when I first got started), check out our membership program, Gardenary 365. You can start a free 7-day trial here.

Thanks for being here and helping me put the fun back in having a functional and beautiful kitchen garden space!


Leaves, Roots & Fruit comes out April 18, 2023, and walks you through my step-by-step system to learn how to garden by matching your plants' needs with your current resources. Pre-orders are super important to authors, so thanks so much in advance for your support!

Our Favorite Plant Labels for the Garden