Common Home Herb Garden Plants for Beginners

The common home herb garden plants that are easy to grow even for novice gardeners especially for those who do not have a lucky green thumb are mint, dill, lavender, rosemary, thyme, sage and the list can go on….

Like any other task or a project, it is prudent to decide where your herb garden will be. Herbs do not require a lot of care and many herbs are low maintenance. Herbs do love sunshine and modest water.
You can plan what herbs to plant and where to put them so that they can grow unhindered. Many herbs are invasive and you should consider potting them in containers.

My Favourite Herb Garden Plants List

Mint This is my first preference. Mint herb is easy to grow and can really spread if it is not contained. For first time gardeners, this is the best herb to grow.

It can be placed in a location where it gets modest sunshine; I have also seen it grow in shade though less prominently with a slow growth. There are numerous uses of mint. I have used mint in my cooking and have found that it goes well in tea, chutneys, smoothies and other cuisines as well.

Basil My second favourite herb in the herb plants is basil. I use this herb extensively in preparing tea. I use the juice to cure cold and cough too. Growing it can be slightly complicated. If you are planning to grow more than one basil herb, plant them with enough space between them.

My saplings have died for want of the sun-rays before so I suggest you plant it in a place where it can get good exposure to the sun. With my experiment of basil herb, I have found that they grow well in containers and pots. Of different species I have grown, my preferred basil herbs are Thai Basil and Purple Basil. They have thick foliage and the aroma is awesome. You can use basil in soups and stews, they are incredible.

CorianderThird herb that I use a lot in my daily cooking is coriander or cilantro.

It goes so well in curries and Indian chutneys that you wish you had discovered it long back. Growing cilantro is not that difficult, give it ample sun and keep the soil moist. Dry soil can inhibit its growth.

All these herbs do not require additional compost or fertilizers, however; as a part of nurturing my garden I do use home-made fertilizer of cow dung in my garden. This is rich but is not overkill. It is safe to use because it does not contain harmful ingredients.

Easy to Grow Perennial Herbs for Your Home Garden

Perennial herbs are those plants that can remain active throughout the year in all the four seasons and continue to bear flowers, seeds and leaves in your home garden for more than 2 years.

Technically speaking, a perennial herb is a plant that is different from tree or a shrub and lives more than one season compared to annuals and biennials. The term herb implies non woody plants like trees and shrubs which are technically more perennial than herbs.

Annual plants live for 1 year and Biennials life span is of 2 years. Theoretically in many herb plants, herbs die in a year giving way to seeds and shoots for the next harvest. You can see the offspring coming out of the plant parallel to the ground from the main herb plant.

Easy to grow herbs aren’t just limited to culinary uses; you can use them to beautify your landscape. Spice up your herb garden with herbs that shine for all the four seasons.

Small perennial herbs may grow and bloom all over the spring and summer, hibernate or die in every autumn season but still return in the next season sensing favourable climate. They are in fact herbaceous perennial plants that spring from the dormant roots depending upon the climate and its native habitat.

The gardener may mistake it as a non perennial herb plant, but it is reality perennial herb.
Many herbs revive from seeds and shoots, others from cuttings and divisions. For instance, many wild tomato vines live several years in their natural tropical habitat but have to be grown as annuals in colder regions because they do not survive in extreme cold climates.

Likewise I have seen basil herb growing for years in my father’s garden and need not be planted as annual herb because it loves the tropical like sunny weather and moderate rainfall.

Perennial Combinations

Perennial Combinations

Mint Plants

Mint Plants

Munstead Lavender Herb - Perennial

Munstead Lavender Herb – Perennial

The Herb Book

The Herb Book

Healing Herb Garden Ideas

There are therapeutic benefits of designing healing herb garden. Ideas that you can use are Zen garden designs, water and rock features. Japanese gardens are planned in such a way that the ambience and surroundings emit tranquility.

The Healing Herb Garden
Flowers and trees have always carried an aura with them; there is no wonder that they were used for therapeutic purposes long before humans realized their potential. The healing herb garden brings the spiritual aspects of herbs that can bring out the curative properties of plants and the restorative Zen effects of the living garden that accommodates and embraces various living entities such as butterflies and birds.

Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces

Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces

Landscaping for Healing
Today’s environment is totally different that the ones that our ancestors grew with. Devoid of stress and strain, the planet was covered with forest and greenery. Simple living and moderate requirements were the keys to good health. Farms and green spaces provided nourishment and respite.

Healing landscapes are thus very essential in giving rest and relaxation to tired mind and body. Beautiful water features such as pond sand waterfall can be alluring and soothing. The sound of waterfall can drive one’s attention from worries and focus in present. Rock gardens, stones and pathways can be designed to offer peace and serene atmosphere.

Healing Gardens: Therapeutic Benefits and Design Recommendations

Healing Gardens: Therapeutic Benefits and Design Recommendations

Garden Accents
Garden sculptures, fairies and gnomes can produce a distinct charisma, which is very relaxing in the silence of garden. Far from the maddening crowd and cacophony of vehicles, it is a true respite from the pandemonium and upheaval that world faces every day.

Wind Chimes

Mesmerizing sound effects can be soothing. The chirping of birds and the sound of waterfall can be so relaxing. In fact, the sound of raindrops can produce such tranquility that one can get engrossed in the nature and beauty of a simple phenomenon like rainfall. Falling snow looks so attractive; you can enjoy the snow while sipping your evening coffee from the window of your garden.

Wind chimes produce melodious sound when they come into contact with wind. The soft ringing of bells is analogous to the supple sound produced by musical instruments. The silky touch of sound vibes that vibrate the chord of our heart is very relaxing.