Gardening is an excellent way to get outside and relax, while simultaneously having fun and growing your own food. It’s also a relatively inexpensive hobby that you can take up at any time of year. Whether you’re looking for something new to plant or are interested in adding some variety to your garden this year, herbs are always a good idea! Here are the top 14 herbs to grow in your garden this year.
The Best Herb Ideas For Your Garden
- 1. Basil
Basil is perhaps the most popular herb. It’s great for making pesto, cooking in soups, salads, and more. Basil is especially great for use in growing veggies and can be used for cooking when grown in a container.
Basil is an excellent choice for growing in containers.
Folks like to eat basil, and there are so many ways to incorporate it into your recipes. This is a herb that’s highly recommended for cooking and is great in various sauces and dips as well. If you need to get extra, you can also use basil to make fresh pesto. It’s even very mild, so you can use it in more things than just eating.
“Basil is used in marinades, pestos, and fresh pasta dishes. The leaves are great in your favorite salad too. It is the only herb that has a seed and a leaf, so it’s the perfect plant for young kids to get involved with,” says Paul Toscano, managing partner at Pratts Crossing Gardens in York, PA.
- 2. Cilantro
When you think of herbs, what do you think of? Basil, oregano, parsley? Well, there’s another herb that’s more popular than all of the rest combined. Cilantro! It may be called an ‘exotic’ herb, but cilantro is actually very common in many cuisines around the world. It’s also one of the most popular herbs in dishes throughout Mexico and Central America.
Cilantro is a herb that can be found in many dishes in Mexican cuisine. It is also used in many other cuisines around the world, including Moroccan, Indian, Thai, and Vietnamese. Some people find the taste of cilantro too strong for their taste buds. Others find that it just adds an unpleasant flavor to dishes. And some people are totally fine with its slightly green flavor! Any way you look at it, there are many delicious dishes that are enhanced by the addition of cilantro. If you like the taste of cilantro but want to know how to use it sparingly, here are some tips on how to enjoy this herb without overwhelming your palate.
- 3. Parsley
Parsley herb is an annual herb of the genus Petroselinum. It is high in volatile oils, which give it a pleasant aromatic taste. The plant is native to the Mediterranean region but is now widely cultivated on all continents as a leaf vegetable. Parsley has many variations on its name, depending on where you are from. One might call it persil or persilade in France, Petersilie or Lauch in German, peterselie or bieslook in Dutch, and petersillie or petersilien leaves in English.
- 4. Thyme
Thyme is a culinary herb. The name comes from two Greek words: thymos, meaning “to smell” and thea, meaning “to heat.” Thyme is often used in European cuisine or Moroccan cuisine. It has a strong, distinctive flavor that can be used to season soups, stews, meats, fish, vegetables, and sauces. Thyme is also known for its medicinal properties that stem from the fact it contains antiseptic properties that are effective against bacteria that can cause illness.
- 5. Rosemary
Rosemary has a reputation as being one of the easiest herbs to grow in the home garden since it likes hot climates. It’s very easy to grow in an herb planter. You just need to get a couple of good-quality seeds, plant them as well as you can, and keep them moist with moisture in their bottom. The seeds have a spongy texture that they can absorb from the water. They will germinate fast, once they start to open up.
You can grow rosemary in the winter, which makes it great for fragrant candles or essential oils, as well as to enjoy it in the kitchen in sauces and soups. The spongy texture gives rosemary its resistance to woody rot. You can also use the leafy end of the plant for culinary purposes. The leaves are fairly acidic when cooked and give a unique flavor.
- 6. Mint
Mint is another one of those plants that are easy to grow and can go in the ground in a shade garden. It does require a bit of time to get the roots established, but after that, you can use it in your cooking without much fuss. Mint is also a fairly easy herb to propagate, so you can always start a new mint bush. You can also use it in cooking or compote, and if you put it in a bottle of your favorite sparkling wine, you can pretend you’re living your dream Italian life!
- 7. Oregano
Oregano is one of the most popular herbs in the world. It is great to use for seasoning dishes, cooking, and even as an infusion. Oregano is widely used in Italian cooking. In addition, it is considered one of the best natural antiseptics available. One of its unique uses is as a bath oil. It has a light and floral fragrance. Oregano is easy to grow and doesn’t need much care. You can start your own herb garden by planting an average size container. It takes about two months for the plant to develop roots.
- 8. Chives
Chives are commonly found in any Mexican restaurant and are a delicious addition to a garden. Simply plant chives (along with thyme, rosemary, sage, and lavender) in a bowl, plugging the ends with rocks and tying them to the stems. You will find chives grow best when placed in a bowl near a sunny window and watered daily. The flower stalks can be cut back each spring as needed.
Herbs to try with chives include lemon balm, sage, and mint. The chives will provide a beautiful splash of color in your garden.
- 9. Parsley
Parsley is probably one of the easiest herbs to grow in the world, and while parsley might be most common, it’s actually a plant from four different families of plants: Artichoke, Carrot, parsnip, and cardamom. This means you can grow parsley anywhere that you find parsley in the wild, like in garden orchards. Parsley is often used for salads and garnishes, but it’s also good for tea. There’s also a variety called turmeric parsley that has long been used to combat colic in babies.
- 10. Sage
Sage is a herb with a long history of culinary and medicinal use. It has been shown to be anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antioxidant. So it’s no wonder that this herb is now used as a remedy for sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, hay fever, colds, influenza, stomach ulcers, and digestive disorders. Sage is also a natural treatment for respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. Here are some ways on how you can use sage in your everyday life.
- 11. Dill
One of the simplest of herbs, dill has been used for thousands of years to create a wide variety of culinary dishes. For a starter garden, you can start with a big pot of dill. This will allow you to plant several different varieties of dill. You can either go with dill seed or from your garden, and you can choose to dig it up after it’s dried out. Then you can plant it in a sunny spot where it can grow a great deal of foliage and flowers.
Dill is an ancient herb that is used to flavor just about any dish you can think of. It is packed with vitamins, minerals, and calcium, and it is also high in B vitamins. Dill is known to cure stomach upset and other digestive problems, so it’s a great way to get some major health benefits from your herb garden. Plus, if you can master this important first step to gardening, you’ll be well on your way to having an abundant, full, and healthful garden.
- 12. Amaryllis
The amaryllis plant is one of the most popular houseplants and is easy to grow. When it’s in bloom, the plant has a striking appearance and is an excellent source of color during the winter season. They’re also among the easiest plants to propagate, as all that’s required for this is just a single leaf from the parent plant. Here are some tips on how to care for your amaryllis and keep it blooming all winter long!
- 13. Lavender
Lavender is a perennial plant in the mint family. It is native to the Mediterranean and has been grown for centuries around the world. Lavender is used for its sweet-smelling flowers and therapeutic properties. Beautiful lavender flowers can be used fresh or dried in cooking, teas, and potpourris. Lavender oil is also used in aromatherapy and is thought to have medicinal properties. Lavender oil has been found to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms when inhaled. It is also believed to help with migraine headaches. Lavender herb can be used topically on burns, insect bites, wounds, and acne. There are many different ways you can use lavender herbs!
- 14. Winter Savory
Winter savory (Satureja montana) is a low-growing herb native to the Mediterranean. It has an aromatic smell and flavor, which resembles thyme and marjoram. Winter savory is often used as a substitute for these herbs since it can grow in colder climates.
Winter savory is a low-growing plant that spreads quickly in the garden. It’s a popular herb because it’s been used for centuries to flavor meats, stews, and sauces. In addition to its use as a culinary herb, winter savory also has many medicinal benefits. In fact, winter savory may have some anti-inflammatory properties and studies have suggested that it could be useful in relieving symptoms of arthritis, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Winter savory is a resilient plant that can grow well in poor soil conditions and attracts pollinators to the garden so it’s worth trying out this flavorful herb.
Herbs can be a fun way to add a different flavor to your meals, while also giving you fresh and more flavorful options for the time when the product in your garden may not be quite as delicious. There are a lot of ways to grow herbs around the house, and many of them are relatively easy and affordable to do so. With the right amount of time and care, you can grow a great variety of herbs that you can use in all sorts of ways, whether that’s raw or cooked.