• Lemon verbena

    Lemon verbena forms a shrubby plant that benefits from regular pruning to keep it from getting leggy. Fortunately, regular trimming also gives you plenty of citrusy leaves for use in beverages and dishes. Read more

  • Lavender

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  • Thai basil

    A cousin of the popular sweet basil, Thai basil has a somewhat stronger flavor with a hint of licorice and is popular in the cuisines of Southeast Asia. Read more

  • Spearmint

    The best way to grow mint is to plant it in a pot (an 8" to 10" diameter plastic nursery pot works well) and then sink the pot into the soil, leaving the top 2" of pot exposed. This confines the roots and prevents them from spreading into the surrounding soil. Read more

  • Shiso

    Shiso is an annual plant with beautiful, frilly leaves, so it's decorative as well as delicious. Read more

  • Basil

    Basil is one of the most versatile herbs you can grow. Freshly picked leaves can be added to salads, sandwiches and sauces, and can be made into pesto or dried for use in the winter Read more

  • Calendula

    Calendula is an edible flower that's especially easy to sow and grow -- almost foolproof. Read more

  • Cilantro

    Cilantro is easy to grow and self-sows freely. Plant it once, let a few of the plants go to seed, and it will be back the following year. Read more

  • Parsley

    Parsley can be difficult to start from seed; it's much easier to buy small plants from a nursery. Read more

  • Chives

    Chives are unsung heroes of the vegetable garden. This long-lived, hardy perennial is easy and problem-free. Read more

  • Dill

    Dill is easy to grow and reaches its full height of 2 to 3 feet in just four to six weeks. The seeds and the foliage are both flavorful. Read more

  • Fennel

    Fennel grows best in full sun and rich soil that gets plenty of moisture and has a near-neutral pH. That said, fennel is quite forgiving of less than perfect conditions. Read more

  • Oregano

    Oregano grows best in full sun in well-drained soil. Add some sand and compost to the soil at planting time, but not fertilizer. Read more

  • Sage

    For best results, buy a small sage plant rather than starting it from seed. There are many different varieties and colors of sage, and the seeds do not always produce the plant you expect. Read more

  • Tarragon

    Tarragon is a perennial herb in zones 4 and warmer. It develops into a bushy, somewhat leggy plant approximately 18-36" tall. Read more

  • Thyme

    Thyme is a Mediterranean native that thrives in hot, dry conditions.Growing it in a raised bed -- or a pot -- is a good way to give thyme the well-drained soil conditions it demands. Read more