Growing herbs in the home garden is immensely rewarding and consistently results in produce that is tastier and fresher than anything available in a mass-market grocery store. There are a variety of delicious herbs that are easy to grow at home.
A native of the western Mediterranean region, thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a common herb in French and Italian cuisine. The fragrant, semi-woody shrub boasts tiny dark green leaves dappled with small lilac blooms. Thyme is an easy-to-grow plant that can be cultivated in a container or in the yard. The plant requires full sunlight, with soil that is either neutral or alkaline. Thyme should be watered on a regular basis.
Originally native to the Mediterranean, Greek oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a common ingredient in cuisines across the world. The small, shrubby plant has bright green, aromatic leaves and small stalks of flowers that can be used for dried flower bouquets. The plant is easy to grow, and can be propagated from seeds with little effort. Oregano plants should always be planted in full sunlight, and in soil that is well drained and either neutral or mildly alkaline.
A native of tropical Asia, sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an herb cultivated throughout the world and used as an ingredient in sauces, pizzas and salads. The plant boasts clusters of bright green edible leaves that have a distinct aroma to them. The plant is easy to grow, and can be cultivated in a container or directly in the garden. Basil does best in full sunlight, in well-drained, moist soil. The annual is very frost tender and won't do well in cold weather.