If you’re looking for easy herbs to grow at home in your garden, then look no further. This list of the easiest herbs is perfect for beginners, and will give you the best success. You’ll be enjoying your very own garden-fresh herbs in no time.
For some reason, many new gardeners think that herbs are hard to grow. Well, if you’re new to growing herbs, then I have some great news for you! There are lots of easy herbs to grow, so you’ll have plenty to choose from.
If you’re on the hunt for the absolute easiest herbs to grow in your garden, then this list is perfect for you! You might even be surprised to find that some herbs you thought would be difficult to grow are on this list.
What Makes These Easy-To-Grow Herbs?
Before we get to our easy garden herbs list, I want to take a minute to explain how I chose them. I based my decision on a few different things…
- Extremely low-maintenance
- Fast-growing plants
- Tolerate a range of sunlight and shade
- Not too picky about soil or water requirements
- Most are easy to grow from seed
Keep in mind that, even though these are easy-to-grow herbs, some do need more care than others. Also, you’ll find that a few of these will grow so well that the hardest part will be keeping them from taking over your garden beds.
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11 Easy Herbs To Grow In Your Garden
Below is my list of the easiest herbs to grow in the garden. I also included few quick planting and growing tips, so you can choose the ones that will work best for you. Here are my top picks…
1. Dill – If you love homemade pickles, then you definitely need to plant dill in your herb garden – YUM! It’s a super easy herb because it’s not very picky, and can grow just about anywhere. Dill doesn’t need a lot of space, and grows equally well in partial shade as it does in the full sun.
2. Oregano – Another versatile herb, oregano can grow in many different locations in your garden. Plant it in full sun or shade. Either way, it will grow beautifully. Oregano grows quickly, and prefers the soil to dry out between waterings. Just make sure you harvest it frequently to keep it compact.
3. Chamomile – A popular herb for making tea, chamomile gets cute little white and yellow flowers. It’s such an easy herb to grow that you have to keep an eye on it. Deadhead the flowers regularly so it doesn’t spread seeds. Chamomile is drought-tolerant, but still needs to be watered if the soil is dry.
4. Chives – There are two main varieties of chives: regular and garlic chives. They both need similar growing conditions, and will come back every year. Chives are great herbs for beginners, and require very little maintenance. Just pinch off the flowers after they fade to prevent it from spreading seeds.
5. Mint – There are tons of different varieties of mint, and all of them require the same care. Plant them anywhere from partial shade to sun in a location that has well-draining soil. Mint can be a pretty aggressive spreader though, so you may want to keep it in a pot rather than planting it directly into your garden.
6. Parsley – While parsley is a slow grower, it requires minimal care. Plant it in full sun to partial shade, and allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Pinch off the sprigs as you need them for your recipes. Bonus: parsley is actually a biannual plant, which means it will come back again next year!
7. Lemon balm – The wonderful lemon flavor of this easy-to-grow herb makes it the perfect addition to teas and desserts. Lemon balm is related to mint, which means the care is very similar between the two (and it’s pretty aggressive too). It will grow great anywhere from shade to full sun, and is not too picky about the soil.
8. Basil – Another easy herb for beginners, basil loves the sun, but it will also tolerate part-shade. It likes moist, but fast-draining soil. Basil grows quickly, so be sure to harvest it regularly to keep it from getting too leggy. You can also pinch out the flowers as they form to prevent bolting.
9. Sorrel – Sorrel has a lemony flavor, and looks more like a salad green than an herb. The leaves do indeed make a great addition to your salads. The smaller the leaves, the tangier the taste. Like most of the plants on this list, sorrel does well in anywhere from part to full sunlight.
10. Cilantro (aka Coriander) – If you love making homemade salsa, then cilantro is a must in your garden! Plant it in shade or full sun, and water it when the soil dries out. Allow it to go to seed so you can also harvest those too. Be sure to plant your cilantro early in the spring, because it will bolt as soon as the summer heat kicks in.
11. Catnip – If you have cats, then they will go nuts over garden-fresh catnip. It is related to mint, so you may want to put this one in a pot as well. Catnip is not picky about it’s location or soil, and will grow pretty much anywhere you plant it. It doesn’t like soggy soil though.
Choosing easy-to-grow herbs will give you a much better chance at success, and make it fun for you too. Once you get the hang of growing these easy herbs, then you’ll have the confidence to try growing any other herbs in your garden that you want!
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