Get your herb garden ready; April showers have brought May flowers and with it all the delicious cooking that comes from fresh fruits and veggies. Haven't started planting a flavorful collection yet? There's no reason not to—many of the most delicious herbs are so easy to grow. We're especially fans of plants that pull double-duty, like mint in baking and anti-inflammation tea or sage for juicy chicken and spring cocktails. These herbs come as shrub or seed for every level of black thumb and are known for their low maintenance "plant and forget" lifestyle.
More than just a flavorful pizza addition, Basil is one of the fastest growing herbs. The average plant garners 1/2 cup of leaves a week. The hardy seasoning is known for growing fuller with each clipping, so frequent use is key to the little plant's survival. That shouldn't be to hard if it means caprese salads and pesto all summer.
Every good rosé deserves a French dish to match. Thyme, a key ingredient in herbs de Provence and boquet garni, is a quick growing perennial that can even been planted outdoors in the winter. Its ability to withstand cold makes it the perfect plant for any season with the versatility for winter soups and summer salads.
Bay leaves grow as a shrub and grow best with lots of compost, so share your morning coffee and eggs with this soup starter. Keep them outside to guard your front door or next to your couch for a natural air freshener. Crushing the leaves releases a sweet, earthy scent that can relieve headaches.
A staple in Thai and Indian food, lemongrass can be used as a soup base, rice seasoning, and in herbal teas. The herb is known for helping with digestion and its essential oil is a common treatment for stress. Its high quantities of citronella also make it an effective skincare ingredient and natural mosquito repellent.
There's good reason Oregano is so popular in Italian and Greek culture: it grows best in dry, warm climates. It needs less water than most plants and grows faster when trimmed, like basil. Oregano is also a universal companion plant which helps nurture other species it grows with. Divide and conquer by having indoor pots for quick picking and outdoor stems to boost harder yielding varietals.
Mint is widely considered the downright easiest plant to grow. In fact it grows so well, experts recommend potting it separately so that it doesn't overrun higher-maintenance florals. This seed pack provides 5 different types of mint including French peppermint for essential oils and chocolate mint for baking.
Sage is known for being a drought and frost tolerant plant with a flavor profile that stays no matter how overgrown. The fuzzy leaves repel pests and propagate easily so you can share your favorite flora with all of your friends. Once picked, sage can be used to flavor cocktails, pasta and fatty meat dishes. The dried leaves are also often bundled and burned in spiritual practices to cleanse the air.
Rosemary is another shrub plant, though it thrives in smaller pots as a windowsill staple. Make sure to trim the leaves often as a sunny spot can cause the stems to grow up to 4 ft in height, making it a good barrier plant for the outdoors. Rosemary is a aromatic herb which can be used as an natural air freshener, essential oil or tea and is thought to boost memory. This 4-pack of mini shrubs has enough for the windowsill and the office when you're in need of a memory boost for those spreadsheets.
Wait, chives bloom? Yes, the cousin to scallions, garlic, and leeks can be identified by a cute pink pom-pom atop each hollow stem. Their flowers hold tons of seeds that are famous for taking over gardens, so keep this plant potted and separate from other varieties if you have a low tolerance for its garlic flavor. The stems can be harvested 3-4 times a year and even the flowers themselves are edible. Some cultures keep them close to the front door to ward off evil.
Cilantro, also known as coriander or Mexican parsley, does not require a lot of water once sprouted and provides flavorful seasoning year round. Planting cilantro inside allows you to move it to a cooler section of the house during the summer so the heat doesn't turn the leaves bitter. Since the herb doesn't retain its flavor when dried and wilts quickly when cut, keep multiple pots on hand for homemade salsa, flavored oils and dressing up seafood. This pack of 200 organic seeds will ensure you have enough for every holiday.