In the realm of gardening, few pleasures are as rewarding as nurturing your own herbs. Not only do they add vibrancy and fragrance to your garden, but they also bestow a delightful culinary dimension to your home. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just starting out, the following list of easy-to-grow herbs will undoubtedly enhance your garden and home.


This robust herb, with its fragrant, needle-like leaves, is a must-have for any garden. Rosemary is incredibly easy to grow and thrives in well-drained soil and ample sunlight. Its piney aroma is perfect for seasoning roasted vegetables and meats, making it an indispensable addition to your herb collection.


Oregano’s resilience and delightful taste make it a garden favourite. It prefers well-drained soil and lots of sunlight. Its leaves add a punch of flavour to pasta sauces, pizzas, and Mediterranean dishes.


Thyme is a low-maintenance herb that brings earthy, aromatic notes to your culinary creations It requires minimal care and is perfect for containers or garden beds. Sprinkle fresh thyme over roasted chicken or in stews for a delightful taste.

Sweet Basil

An iconic herb in Italian cuisine, sweet basil is easy to grow from seeds or young plants. Plant it in well-drained soil and keep it warm and sunny. Its rich, sweet flavour is ideal for pesto, caprese salads, and any tomato-based dish.


Coriander, also known as cilantro, is a versatile herb with a vibrant flavour. It can be sown directly in your garden and prefers partial shade. Its leaves and seeds are essential ingredients in Mexican, Indian, and Thai dishes, adding a unique zing to your meals.

Italian Parsley

Italian parsley is not just a garnish; it’s a robust herb that can be used in a variety of dishes. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. The flat-leaf variety is preferred for its rich, slightly peppery taste, ideal for soups, salads, and garnishes.


Mint is one of the easiest herbs to grow, but be cautious—it can be invasive! To prevent it from taking over your garden, plant it in containers. Mint adds a refreshing touch to beverages like mojitos, iced tea, and is a delightful addition to salads and desserts.


These essential herbs offer a wealth of flavours and aromas to enhance your culinary endeavours, and they can be readily cultivated in your own garden. By dedicating a small space to these easy-to-grow herbs, you’ll have a continuous source of fresh, organic ingredients at your fingertips.


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A version of this article was published in Garden&Home February 2023 print issue.

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