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Edible herbs recommendations (basils aside). What are your favorites?

Recently planted out some edible herbs in our new garden.

Pretty standard stuff: tarragon, thyme and garlic chives.
Surrounded by rosemary and lavenders on the side.
It got me thinking though, are there any good herbs to grow other than that? Can't grow basils since they are going to be eaten by deer, but i was wondering maybe anyone has any recommendations for any other herbs they like but something people don't mention much as they are less common and often need to be grown from seeds.

For example, found some seeds locally for sale for ramps.
Had never tried it though ... so wonder if it's worth growing

Growing Ramps in Your Backyard

We basically have every single shade condition from full shade to scorching sun across the garden so any recommendations are welcome. 

Also would just love to hear what you guys like to eat :) 



  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    One of my favourite ever scents is freshly picked bay leaf. I grew it just for the joy of sniffing it. Lots of people love lovage and anise scented herbs like fennel. There are many beautiful fennels. I would have a forest of Ferula communis if I had the space - great for bees.

    Personally, for my own use, I would grow curly parsley and coriander as I eat quite a bit of both. Chocolate mint too, in a pot. Oregano is great for bees.

    The rosemary you grow is great for drying and burning, like a smudge.

  • Parsley, sage, normal chives, oregano, fennel, dill and mint would be the main ones I like that I can think of besides the ones you are growing already. Not tried any wild leek so can't offer any advice on that.
    Happy gardening!
  • seacrowsseacrows Posts: 221
    Savoury, tarragon, salad burnett. Lemon balm is mostly for drinks I find. If you're alright with flowers borage, violets and nasturtiums. 
  • @Fire ooh tall fennels would be spectacular! I haven’t cooked much with it, but I should take my time this year and learn to use it !! Definitely love the smell, not really sore what to do with it when I have it in hands haha. I did try fennel and cucumber smoothies though. They were mighty good in summer <3 

    @robairdmacraignil yeah, these are our favorites! They never disappoint! We have some chocolate mint we managed to accidentally drop on the ground and now we can’t rid of it haha. Great for summer mojitos though! 
    Does oregano spread much? 

    @seacrows what does winter savory actually taste like?
    I’ve tried salad burnet and it tasted great! But I’m not sure how much of it realistically to grow. Any recommendations on how much to grow for 2 to realistically have enough to add to salad here and there? Does it re-grow fast after cutting? 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,942
    edited April 2022
    We like chopped dill in sauces for fish and for making Gravlax.
    I put finely chopped lemon balm and lemon thyme in the beaten egg for chicken in breadcrumbs and I like coriander sprinkled over curry.
    I wrap pork in foil with sage and onions and a glass of white wine and slow cook it for 5 hours. Same with lamb with rosemary and garlic.
    I like tarragon in a creamy chicken sauce.
    But the herbs I use most are parsley and chives.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,162
    I know they've already been mentioned, but lemon thyme and Tarragon (French, not Russian), plus coriander aka Cilantro. 
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,450
    I grow chives but I can't bear to snip it. I love the look of the plant. 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,343
    Most of the above plus lemon verbena,I live in the warmest area of the UK,and o think most folk grow basil inside. 
  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,109
    Apart from the ones that have been mentioned already, I love and grow lovage. I like it in salads and soups especially, and occasionally I like chewing a stem while I’m in the garden. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,738
    I was just going to say Lovage @pitter-patter .... it's a pretty robust plant ... really useful for cooking and seems to grow with no problem in moist light shade.  

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