Good Indoor Herbs

Herbs are attractive and useful plants to grow indoors. The foliage and aroma can add decor and flavor to your salads and food. Most herbs are very easy to grow indoors and just need sunlight, water, fertilizer, and regular harvesting.


Basil fares better if grown from seed because they are difficult to transplant due to their long roots. Its aromatic leaves can be used fresh or dried as spices in cooking. If growing for spice, harvest to avoid allowing the herbs flowering and going to seed, which can alter taste. Basil is a good companion plant for tomatoes in gardens because it repels pests. Plant at base of tomato plants and allow the basil to flower, if you don't plan to cook with it.


Lavender is known for its aromatic purple flowers. The herb is used in lotions and as an essential oil in aromatherapy. Lavender flowers are used as cake decorations, and to flavor desserts.


Chives is an herb that is the smallest plant in the in the onion family. Chive leaves are used to spice fish and soups, It also is used as a companion plant in gardens because its strong aroma wards off pests.

Lemon verbena

Lemon verbena can be used as a spice in cooking. The long-lasting aroma of lemon verbena leaves makes it a good addition to potpourri. The plant can be trained to form a small decorative tree.

Other herbs

Many herbs grow well indoors including marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary, parsley, and sage. Check with your local garden center and try the herbs they have on hand.

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