Top 10 Herbs to Grow

Looking for herbs to grow in your yard? Whether grown in a container or a vegetable garden, these fragrant options will add flavor to any meal.

Smell that? The fragrance in my kitchen is absolutely divine. Snippets of fresh basil are mingling with my pasta sauce. And me? I’m in heaven. If you crave seductive scents like this all year long, growing fresh herbs will do the trick. Whether you’re tilling a full vegetable garden out back or tending a few small containers in your kitchen, you’ll find success by picking the right herbs to grow for your space.

The minute I got my hands on Andrea Bellamy’s Sugar Snaps and Strawberries, I was hooked. Yes, I adore the book’s title, but, even better, I found all the growing tips I needed for planting my favorite herbs this season. Last summer I grew basil and oregano—and I’m ready to branch out. That will mean even more flavorful meals from my kitchen.

These Top 10 herbs are not only wonderful to sniff and taste, they’ll save you time and money when you plan menus. Best of all, many can be dried for use all year long. Look for them from our friends at Bonnie Plants. With so many herb varieties to choose from, you’ll find just the right ones to add tempting aromas to your kitchen.


(Ocimum spp., annual)

A favorite in Asian and Italian cooking, basil grows marvelously in containers. Basil seeds can begin indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost. To harvest, pinch off the tips of the stems; make sure you do this regularly for best growth. At the end of the season, freeze or dry what’s left.

Tastes great in: While basil is delicious in almost any Italian dish, don’t be afraid to take another tack. For a simple vinaigrette or marinade, heat white wine vinegar and pour over fresh basil. After 24 hours, strain and discard leaves.

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  1. says

    I enjoy planting herbs in my garden each summer. I’ve planted basil, rosemary, thyme , and oregano last summer and I am still using them as dry herbs. I will also take a couple of my herbs and put t;h;e;m ;in a pot to take them indoors for the winter

  2. Sharon says

    I have planted herbs out side and inside and I get these tiny bugs that lay there eggs in the soil and then they destroy the plant. help Sharon

  3. Tyia says

    Just when I think I’m a clumsy amateur I read something like this and get to puff up my chest a bit. I still have every one of those herbs (minus the apple basil which I must find!) growing in my southern facing window in bitter cold Idaho! It’s my first attempt at over wintering my herbs and it’s been a wonderful success!! I’ve loved adding them to all my winter dishes after a long day at work. And best of all I can look at them and pinch a leaf here and there when I’m getting spring fever during a blizzard :)

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