Fresh herbs can be a great addition to any home's garden or landscaping. Many types can even be grown indoors for easy access and maintenance. Whether it's in the backyard or in window boxes, growing herbs is a great and simple way to add edible plants to your garden or kitchen.

Beautiful and easy to grow, herbs can be utilized in multiple ways. Many varieties make great culinary additives that bring unique flavor and extra texture to all types of food. Some herbs also contain properties that have proven useful for medicinal purposes. Certain herbs like borage, dill, and marigold, can even add pops of color to your garden with their seasonal blooms. The list of possible uses goes on and includes using herbs like lavender and lemon balm for their aromatic features, providing rich compost and fertilizer to other plants, and even growing some catnip for a pet. Whatever your goal, herbs are a great practical staple to add to your new or current plant collection.

In cooking, herbs are often used to enhance and compliment both sweet and savory dishes. Oregano and thyme are perfect in pastas and other Italian foods. Epazote goes great with bean dishes and soups, and ginger is frequently used in oriental cuisine. The addition of herbs like chives, cilantro, and coriander to any meal adds an extra dimension of flavor that will increase the complexity of your cooking.

Herbs can also be used for medicinal purposes, a practice that dates back to ancient civilizations like the Greek and Egyptians. Herbs and their extracts are still commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine as well as Ayurvedic medicine, one of the oldest holistic health treatments that originated in India. Some herbs are even considered sacred within certain religions and are often utilized for spiritual practices. Today, herbs are still commonly used to provide natural relief from common ailments. Aloe vera is used to soothe burnt or irritated skin, and chamomile tea is a common tool for relieving stress and providing relaxation. Chewing the leaves of feverfew can treat headaches and arthritis pain. There is even evidence to suggest that garlic can aid in lowering cholesterol. Having herbs such as these around the house provides quick and convenient treatment for when you may be feeling under the weather.

All Herbs

Bay laurel
Lemon Balm
St. John's Wort
Valerian root

As you can see, the array of available herbs is incredibly diverse. Categorization can be broken down into three main categories: annuals, perennials, and biennials. Most herbs are annuals, like basil and cilantro, and require an environment free from harsh winters. Perennials like mint, oregano, sage, and chives are a little more resilient and are your best bet for consistent growth through the seasons. Biennials, as the name suggests, take two years to reach maturity and include parsley and caraway.

Like all plants, different herbs have different preferences when it comes to growing conditions. Check information on the herb you want to plant before establishing its environment and familiarize yourself with proper maintenance methods to make sure all of your herbs thrive. Some herb types need room outdoors to grow a wide root base. Others, however, can grow well or even better using the container gardening method. Using this method for herbs like bay and basil doesn't require any kind of special lighting, only pots and a window are needed.

Regardless of what you intend to do with your herbs, they will always make any garden beautiful, diverse, and practical. Browse our selection of all recommended herb plants below, or search for your zip code to find which plants are best suited for your region's climate.

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