Dried herbs are readily available on the grocer's shelf, but fresh herbs are more expensive and may not always be in stock in the produce section. Growing an herb garden gives you the advantage of having your favorite herbs available to you at any time. Herb gardens can be an addition to your backyard vegetable garden, grown as landscaping, or in a planter box right on your window sill.
Themed Herb Gardens
Herbs that you commonly use to cook with can be grouped together to make a themed garden. Herbs such as oregano, shallots and basil can be grouped together in a "pizza garden". Rosemary, dill and chives are commonly used on potatoes and can be grouped together in a "potato garden".
Some herbs can be used for aromatic pleasure as well as an ingredient in food. Herbs such as mint, rosemary, sage and basil are extremely aromatic while growing in the garden. Rosemary, sage and basil grow as shrubs and can be used as a landscaping element. Mint spreads, much like a ground cover, and can easily get out of hand if it is not maintained.
Herb plants vary in foliage color. Some plants even produce flowers. Herbs that bush or bloom are commonly used as edible landscaping. Dill has shiny green, feathery leaves and produces yellow flowers that grow in clusters. Anise hyssop produces purple flowers. Russian sage has a silver tone to the leaves. It produces lavender leaves.