Fresh herbs absolutely transform any dish. Even a humdrum frozen meal can be made into something worthwhile with a scattering of fresh herbs on top. And there is something about picking your morning brew for tea fresh from the windowsill that sets a good tempo for the day. They will also add vibrancy to very plain, repetitive foods, and are thus useful to dry and store to have on hand, especially in the colder months when there is less diversity in your garden. Here are the best herbs to grow in your garden this Spring, depending on your needs!

The Best Herbs to Grow In Your Garden This Spring

Herb Bouquet Combinations for Cooking

  • Classic bouquet for stocks and soups: parsley stems (not leaves), black peppercorns, thyme, bay leaf
  • For cooking beef and other red meat: bay leaf, thyme, marjoram, savory, and 1 sprig of rosemary
  • For cooking fish and other delicate seafood: bay leaf, thyme, fennel, celery leaves
  • For cooking the best roasted chicken and other birds: bay leaf, thyme, tarragon, lemon peel
  • For cooking pork: bay leaf, thyme, sage, fennel, marjoram, rosemary
  • For tomato sauces: bay leaf, thyme, basil, oregano

The Best Herbs to Grow and Dry for Tea

  • Angelica
  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Borage
  • Calendula
  • Catnip
  • Chamomile
  • Fennel
  • Hyssop
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon Gem and Orange Gem marigolds
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Monarda
  • Peppermint
  • Pineapple Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Scented Geraniums
  • Spearmint
  • Stevia
  • Thyme
  • Violets
  • Woodruff

The Best Herbs to Grow for Desserts

  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Chamomile
  • Mint
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Rosemary
  • Scented Geraniums
  • Stevia
  • Thyme

The Best Herbs to Grow for Savory Cooking

  • Basil
  • Bay Leaf
  • Caraway
  • Chervil
  • Chives
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lovage
  • Marjoram
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary

The Best Herbs to Grow for Medicine

  • Chamomile (for tense muscles)
  • Echinacea (for colds and flu)
  • Feverfew (for headaches)
  • Horehound (for coughs)
  • Hyssop (for sore throats)
  • Lemon balm (for stomachaches)
  • Peppermint (aids indigestion)
  • Rosemary (for sore throats)
  • Sage (for sore throats)
  • Thyme (for detoxifying and immunity boosting)
  • Yarrow (for inflammation)

What are your favorite herbs to grow? Share with me in the comments, on my secret Facebook group, or on social media using #wildfood.

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Georgia Pellegrini

Growing up on her family’s farm in upstate New York, Georgia developed a passion for simple farm-to table food and a deep connection to the outdoors. Having worked in the finance world after college, she decided to leave her cubicle and reconnect with her roots. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, she began working in Michelin restaurants in New York and France, and soon started leading her renowned Adventure Getaways: excursions around the country aimed at promoting “manual literacy” and helping participants step outside of their comfort zone and experience life more viscerally. Georgia is a firm believer in empowering people to be self-sufficient, identify personal strengths and pursue their life passions.