Just about every dish tastes better with fresh herbs -- and there's no better way to get fresh herbs than to grow them yourself in an herb garden. From classic herb favorites such as basil, rosemary, mint, and thyme to lesser-known herb varieties, follow these growing, tending, and harvesting tips for herb garden success. Start with 15 easy-to-grow herb favorites. Herbs work almost as well in indoor herb gardens as they do outside; try growing an herb garden inside for easy cooking access. One of the more flexible ways for growing herbs is in containers; get herb garden inspiration for growing yours in clever vessels (including a strawberry jar). Most herbs are naturals to start from seed; use these simple directions to get your herb garden crops growing. Once your herbs are established, they'll need regular care, including dividing, pruning, and harvesting; make the most out of your herb garden's bounty with this advice (as well as ideas on how to propagate cuttings). Growing herbs is one thing; cooking with them is another thing altogether. We have ideas on how to grow and prepare delicious herb-flavored recipes. And what would gardening be without a little fun? Use rosemary as a lush herb topiary standard, grow edible flowers for pretty blooms to pop into salads and desserts, or dress up a windowsill with an herb garden. Not sure where to start? View our lists of herbs, including perennial herbs.
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Caring for Your Herb Garden
Get tips from herb experts on best care practices for bigger herb harvests.
Choosing Edible Flowers
Add color and flavor to soups, salads, and sandwiches with colorful edible flowers.
Herbs, like many perennials, get bigger and better when divided.
Infuse your meals with low-calorie, easy-to-grow herbs.
Grow and Use Fresh Herbs
Grow and cook with a dozen of our favorite herbs.
Harvesting Herbs from Your Garden
Discover the best way to reap the goodness from your herb garden.
Herb Care Guide
Herb experts share their growing and care tips.
Handcrafted Plant Labels
Make herbal plant markers that add a touch of personality to your garden.
Herbs in the Garden
Herb history spans thousands of years; they were used for medicines, foods, dyes, and more.
Make more herbs with these easy propagation methods.
Propagating Herbs from Cuttings
Herb cuttings are an easy way to create new plants. Economical as well!
Regional Calendar of Herb Garden Care
Find out how to raise herbs successfully in your region.
Rosemary, clipped into a classic tree form, makes an ideal plant for indoors and out.
Starting Herbs from Seed
Grow frugally! Start your herb garden from seed.
Tips for Planting Herbs
Add flavor and fragrance to your garden with these easy herb-growing tips.
Use Flowers to Add Color to Cookie Frosting
Add floral flourish to cookies and cakes with edible flowers.
A Strawberry Jar Garden of Herbs
An herb-filled strawberry jar can provide all the herbs you need for summer recipes.
Herbs excel in containers, so plant them in pots, boxes, window boxes, and more!
Herbal Window Box
Grow herbs in a window box and you'll be able to reap great flavors all summer.
Planting Potted Herbs
Discover the secrets of planting herbs in a pot: three simple tips!
Pots of Edible Plants
Grow a kitchen garden on your porch so snips of flavor are just steps away from the kitchen.
Herb Plants for Pots
Discover how easy it is to grow herbs in containers. See the best herbs to pot.