Herbs serve a variety of uses from the kitchen to the medicine cabinet to the landscape. Kitchen favorites include chives, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, mint and lemongrass. Medicinal herbs such as black cohosh, evening primrose, chamomile and ginseng help to alleviate a variety of symptoms. Herbs such as fennel, dill, horehound, lavender and lovage add color and interest to flowerbeds, borders and containers.
Saving seeds from existing herb plants is an inexpensive way to obtain herb seeds. Seeds are located in the flowers that bloom during the middle or end of the growing season. After collecting, the seeds should be thoroughly dried and stored in a cool, dark location until it is time to plant them.
Seed catalogs are a great resource for heirloom and hybrid herb seeds that may be hard to obtain locally. There are a wealth of seed retailers that deal in heirloom, hybrid, culinary and medicinal herbs both online and in local brick-and mortar-stores.
Local garden centers offer a wide selection of popular herb varieties from which to choose. Selection may be limited at different times of the year, depending on your location.
Local and online garden clubs and communities often have seed exchanges between members. Use care when trading seeds online, since it's impossible to verify the source of the seed. Trading locally, with people you know, is a safer, more reliable resource.