10 Herbs You Should Grow in Your Garden

10 Herbs You Should Grow in Your Garden

Whether you want to save money on your grocery bill or add some natural fragrance, there are many herbs to use in your home. You could have the warm peppery taste of basil and the chilly icy scent of mint within walking distance. These are container friendly, so you can grow them even if you have a compact living space. Grow these popular herbs to add some spice to your life!


A staple of Italian favorites like pesto, basil is a must-have in the kitchen. It’s my absolute favorite for its sweet smell and peppery taste. It is a great companion plant for tomatoes. Basil is an annual in zones 1-9 and a perennial in zones 9-10. Basil enjoys the full sun on hot summer days and is easy to grow from seed. So you could have the essence of Italy in your kitchen in no time.


This woody evergreen herb will bring your savory dishes to the next level. Rosemary can also bring a refreshing fragrance to your baths, sachets, and potpourris. Rosemary needs full sun to thrive. It is an annual in zones 1-6 and a perennial in zones 7-10, but you can bring it inside for use year-round!


Parsley is more than a garnish on overpriced meals. Its fresh, mildly bitter taste will brighten up your morning in eggs and salads. The flat-leaf variety is more flavorful than its curly leafed familiar, so it’s more fit for cooking. It is technically a biennial, but most consider it an annual in zones 1-6 and a perennial in zones 7-9. It can tolerate part shade but will flourish in full sun.


Mint is a brilliant way to add fresh icy taste to beverages and salads. There are many kinds, from spearmint to classic peppermint to chocolate mint! This vigorous perennial hardy in zones 3-11 grows best in partial sun but can tolerate full sun. It’s crazy easy to propagate in under a week and can handle some aggressive harvesting. But be mindful of its invasive spreading behavior, so grow your mint in a pot. Also, plant away from dogs, cats, and horses as it is toxic to them.


With over 50 varieties perfect for slow-cooked meals with savory dishes, thyme is a crucial herb in the kitchen. Lemon and common thyme are the most used in the kitchen for its clover-like flavor. People use creeping thyme as decor and ground cover around your home. It is drought friendly and loves heat. It is also a perennial in zones 5-9. Thyme thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. It can be dried, refrigerated, frozen, or preserved in oil or vinegar.


Soft gray-green leaves that smell like pine and bring an earthy citrus pine taste. It just brings back those thanksgiving memories. Sage is a woody perennial in zones 5-9 that enjoys heat and full sun. Use it in your meat and seafood dishes, as a flavor for butter, or in your thanksgiving turkey.


This multipurpose herb is perfect if you want to get more out of your cooking and home decoration. People praise oregano for its zesty flavor that adds a deeper flavor to dishes. It also makes an excellent ground cover and decor for the way it spreads and spills over edges of containers. It is a perennial in zones 4-10 and enjoys full sun. Oregano is the little gift that keeps on giving.


Chives bring an onion-like flavor to food with their hollow leaves. But with their dainty purple flowers, it can also be used in a garden display. As a member of the lily family, chives enjoy full sun and is a perennial in zones 3-9. If you want to add a more garlicky taste to your dishes, try garlic chives, also known as Chinese chives.

Cilantro (Coriander)

Now, cilantro refers to the leaves. Coriander refers to the seeds. Like chives, it is a cool-season herb that likes full sun. Although it seems like a perennial when allowed to self-sow, it is an annual. Use the cilantro’s lacy leaves for soups and stews. Grind up the coriander seeds and sprinkle in a little to add some spice to curry, relishes, and poultry.


Last but not least, there is dill. You might be familiar with it being a popular ingredient used when pickling. But it can be used for dressing, or as a salt substitute. This fennel-like herb is an annual that self-sows like cilantro. Also, it feels nice on your skin, if you’re not ticklish!

Growing these herbs is easy. And they can spice up, not just your dishes, but your entire lifestyle. Just imagine using fresh herbs that you grew yourself to better your life and your recipes! You get incredible food and a sense of pride!

Happy gardening, till we meet again.

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