What herbs can you grow indoors? 14 herbs that will thrive in your windowsill garden

Herbs are a great addition to any garden, but with the growing popularity of indoor gardening, they are becoming even more common even amongst people who have never gardened before!

Plants (and especially indoor plants) can be finicky, with special needs for soil, light, and moisture. This can be a challenge for some, but luckily there are many herbs that will thrive indoors and can be used as an all-day cooking ingredient, or simply to add flavor to recipes.


basil leaves in a small bowl on a wooden background

Basil is a popular herb because it is tasty and aromatic, but more importantly, it is an important ingredient in cooking. Basil is known for its distinctive flavor and aroma and is used in Italian, Greek, and Thai dishes. 

It is an excellent herb for those who don’t have a lot of space for a traditional outdoor garden and those who want to experiment with new ingredients. Growing basil indoors is a fun way to have fresh herbs all year round.


Chervil is probably not a spice that you have in your spice, rack, but it’s a surprisingly popular herb!

It has has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries and is now grown as a culinary herb in many countries. It is also used as a garnish and sometimes as a flavour for cooking. The whole herb is commonly used for cooking, for example with Italian dishes or in French cuisine. Chervil is very common in egg dishes, and is often referred to as “French parsley”.

While you may not yet be used to using chervil in your cooking, it’s remarkably easy to grow from seed and to maintain indoors.

Bay leaves

Bay leaves are a domestic plant that can be grown indoors for use in cooking. It is used to add flavor to many dishes, including soups, stews and sauces, and you’ll find it in recipes from all across the globe including American and Indian cuisines. 

In addition to food, bay leaves have been used as medicine and as a stimulant throughout the centuries.

Bay leaves are a perennial herb are easy to grow and will produce great looking leaves with a strong flavor. You can grow bay leaves outdoors in pots, or indoors in containers.


Thyme is a quintessential herb, praised for its delightful flavor and aroma, but it is not always easy to find fresh in stores. For a long time, thyme has been one of the most highly used herbs in everyday cooking. Thyme is a perennial herb that is perfect for potting and growing at home, in the garden or in pots on your patio.

The most common and accessible form of thyme is the common herb thyme, which can be purchased in grocery stores, but thyme is also available in other varieties, including lemon thyme and lemon thyme. The first thing to understand about thyme is that it is a perennial herb that can grow up to two feet tall, depending on the variety. 


The chives plant is a member of the onion family, and a very common herb that is used for cooking and medicinal purposes in many different countries (including the US). The leaves of the chive plant are edible and are rich in vitamins and minerals. These attractive green leaves are one of the most popular herbs in the kitchen. It can be used raw, cooked, and a great addition to any dish.

Chives are also a very hardy plant and can be grown indoors in pots.


Oregano is a spice that originates from the Mediterranean, a plant used in dishes from the Middle East to South America. 

It is an herb that has a number of uses in cooking and is used to flavor Mediterranean foods, as well as Mediterranean and Mexican dishes. This herb is a member of the mint family, and is especially popular as a spice, and is used as a garnish and as a flavor enhancer. Its flavor is distinct and is used in Italian, Mexican and Indian cuisines, and to a lesser extent in Lebanese and North African cooking.

Growing oregano at home isn’t too difficult, and the results are worth it. It is a perennial that grows best in a sunny, warm area where the soil is well-drained, but it will also grow in shady spots so it’s perfect if you don’t have a south-facing window. 

It prefers well-cultivated, organically rich soil and grows best in cooler weather. Oregano is a hardy plant that will grow in most locations and will not succumb to pests or diseases.


a small cluster of mint leaves

For many people, mint is a flavor they look forward to whenever they have it on their plates. So, when the fresh, herbal flavors of mint are combined with other fresh ingredients, it’s no wonder that mint is such a popular ingredient in salads, drinks, and desserts. 

Mint is both aromatic and delicious! Mint is an evergreen perennial herb, with a pleasing minty aroma, that grows best in warm, moist climates. It is a beautiful plant that is popular among gardeners and those who enjoy smelling its wonderful aroma. And luckily, it grows like a weed!

Lemon balm 

Lemon balm is a delicious herb to use at home and can be used as a substitute for many other herbs as well. It’s mild spicy taste makes it a great addition to curries, stews, and soups. It’s also a good way to add a little flavor to your cup of tea. When used as a seasoning, this herb tastes great in many dishes, like cheese, grilled meats, and sauces.

Lemon balm is a popular garden herb that’s highly versatile and easy to grow, and can be used in a number of ways that both enhance your garden and add flavor to your food. 

If you’ve always wanted to grow it inside but thought it was too difficult, you’re in luck. Growing lemon balm in the home is a relatively easy task, and through the winter months, you can keep the plant thriving by cutting it back a few times a week.


Parsley is a tasty herb that has a unique flavor and aroma, and is also great for cooking. Parsley is one of the most widely used herbs in cooking around the world.

It is one of the most important herbs in Italian and French cooking. It is also used to flavour soups and drinks, combined with other herbs, and can also be added to salads.

Parsley is a member of the carrot family, and is one of the most characteristically flavorful of all the herbs. It’s a biennial vegetable that’s very easy to grow and maintain in a home garden or window garden.

Best of all, you can harvest over and over again throughout the season. Parsley grows best in full sun, but will also grow in partial shade. This makes it an ideal herb for container gardening. Parsley also has a high germination rate and can be grown from seeds or cuttings.


a sprouted lemongrass cutting in a glass of water

Lemongrass is a common ingredient in Thai, Indian, and South Pacific cuisine and has a light citrus flavor. It is a pungent plant and a pungent smell gives it the name Lemongrass. The smell is also said to prevent insects from landing on the food. The leaves and the roots are used in food and it is often used in Thai curries, and the dried leaves and roots are used for flavoring, cooking, and in traditional medicine.

Growing lemongrass indoors is a great way to add a fragrant, lemony spice to your home. And it’s also a great way to start your own herb garden if you don’t have much space in your yard.


Dill is an herb that grows wildly and is a popular ingredient for cooking and salad. Dill is extremely versatile in the kitchen. Most people use it as an herb that adds a bright flavor to their foods, but others like to use it to flavor marinades, pasta, and sauces. It’s also a key seasoning in ranch dressing, so you can make your own ranch at home with this herb!

You can grow dill at home and you can grow it inside or, depending on your climate, outside.


The fresh, tangy flavor of cilantro brings Mexican, Asian, and Southwestern cuisines together. Cilantro is an herb that can be used for food, drinks, and more. It can be found in the market fresh or frozen and can be used for cooking. The world of cilantro is boundless, as it can be used as a flavoring agent in dishes ranging from soup to salads.

Cilantro is one of the easiest herbs to grow indoors. It can be grown year round in your windowsill as long as you get ample sunshine!


Sage has been used to make everything from potpourri and incense to poultices and tea. The leaves and flowers can be added to sauces and stews, or they can be chopped and added to meats during cooking. Sage is a key ingredient in well-known flavors like poultry seasoning and breakfast sausage. 

Sage is a perennial plant, and is best grown in full sun in well-drained and fertile soil. When growing sage at home inside, be sure to keep it inside a sunny place. Sage grows best in warm weather and prefers cooler nights.


Marjoram has a long, illustrious history in garden and kitchen gardens around the world. While it’s common knowledge that the herb enhances the flavor of beef, it’s less well known that marjoram also adds flavor to many other foods. 

You can use it to make an herb-infused olive oil called olive oil butter, but you can also use it to make a full salad dressing by adding it to your favorite mayonnaise-like dressing.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-grow herb that’s perfect for cooking and blending into fresh pesto, look no further than marjoram. This Mediterranean staple is a perennial that can grow just about anywhere, and the beauty of marjoram is that it doesn’t need much attention once it’s established. All you really need to do is plant it in a pot, give it some water and a little light, and you’re good to go.

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