Perennial herbs are wonderful additions to the garden. They’re easy to grow and cultivate, beautiful, and offer many uses- uses such as flavoring food, for making teas, making natural medicines, for cleaning and freshening, and even decorating. Perennial herbs offer beauty and function. Here are our 5 easiest perennial herbs to grow that deserve a spot in your garden or landscape.
- Thyme: Thyme comes in two forms- growing upright, or spreading. Both versions are wonderful plants to have in the garden. Creeping thyme specifically makes a beautiful dried or fresh herb for cooking, but it also makes a wonderful air freshener. In the garden, it grows very well in hot, dry places along paths, or can even take some treading on in between stepping stones. The purple or white flowers are long blooming and are a favorite of many pollinators, specifically for wonderfully helpful honey and native bees.
- Mint: Mint can be a bully, but in the right places it can spread happily and fill an area with useful, aromatic goodness. Use mint to take over a spot where other stuff won’t really grow well, and keep it contained by a deep, root-busting yearly trench around the perimeter you have your mint growing to keep it from spreading. Mint can be used in savory foods and sauces, in sweet foods and sauces, in drinks both cold (think about a refreshing mint julep in the middle of the summer!) or hot (a tea that soothes a sore throat in winter). Use mint to freshen air. You can mix it into natural cleaning products to add a wonderfully clean smell to your surface cleaners. Use it in homemade soap and shampoo recipes, as well as a breath freshener or in homemade toothpaste. Like thyme, the flowers are numerous, long blooming, and valued by pollinators.
- Lavender is an old herb that has as many uses as mint, and makes a stately and beautiful statement in the garden. Beautiful greyish blue foliage mounds and purple spikes of beautiful flowers are very welcome to pollinators. Long-lived, it also grows well in dry conditions in the hot sun. Lavender is a calming, restorative herb and can be used in household product accordingly. Satchels, cleaning products for the home and body, in medicinal tonics, and cooking are all basic uses of lavender. Wonderful fresh, it also dries very well and is an essential in the best potpourri recipes.
- Echinacea is a US native plant that has also been domesticated and changed for the garden, with big purple or white flowers, and now even additions of red and orange blooming Echinacea’s are easily found. Very hardy, long lived, tough, and an essential plant for wildlife (pollinators and birds alike!) cone flower is a standard perennial for every garden. As an herb, it’s incredibly healing. Usually made into teas or added into soaps, it possesses very powerful restorative qualities and also makes a great preventative herb.
- Sage is a standard herb in most red meat dishes, but is also an incredibly strong healing herb. Made into a tea, it works wonderfully for cold and flu symptoms in the face and throat, and has been shown to help ease menopausal symptoms. In the garden, many types of sage are available and all are very beautiful. Another long-lived plant, its toughness will astound you. The flowers are loved by butterflies and hummingbirds, as well as bees and other pollinators.
We hope you enjoy our 5 favorite easy perennial garden herbs!