Herbs seem to have 101 uses: in food, as medicine, to add color, and so much more. It’s great to add them to your garden and backyard area, but it can be frustrating if you have to find, buy, and plant new ones every year. Get rid of some of that hassle with perennial herbs that last longer than a year or two. Here is a list of some of the best perennial herbs that you can add to your backyard.
Everybody loves lavender. The color, the smell, and everything else about it is soothing and calming. Give it lots of growing room because lavender gets bigger year after year. Lavender has tons of uses (from garnish to body wash) and it comes in various different colors and shades, so it can go well in nearly any garden.
The best thing about Echinacea is that it can grow in nearly any garden. This herb is often used in medicines and helps with the healing process. Echinacea is a great color that can really brighten up any garden area and add a whole new level of fun.
Mint is a staple herb, but it can be a little difficult to grow and contain. In order to make sure it doesn’t take over your garden, it’s good to plant the mint in a container so the spread can be enclosed. Mint gives off a great aroma for your garden and is awesome for lots of different meals.
Thyme can grow in almost any climate or soil, so it’s a great option if you want an herb that’s easy to keep alive. It also releases a pleasing smell when stepped on, so it’s good to plant between stepping stones.
If you need a plant to go in the borders of your flowerbeds or in between other bushes, then sage is your herb! Sage comes in numerous different colors and varieties so you can keep the same plant but have lot of options to choose from.
It may require a little more work and effort to keep your oregano alive during the summer, but it is possible. Oregano is great for cooking and the herb grows relatively fast so you can use it numerous times through the growing season.
Part of the onion family, chives are mainly used in food. They are a great herb to add flavor to any meal and their bright leaves add a touch of color as well.
This herb attracts bees, so if you have little children or animals that you don’t want to get stung, it may not be a good choice. However, rosemary can get to the size of other shrubs so it’s good to use as hedging in your yard. Rosemary is often used in medicine to help relaxation as well.
This also attracts bees (as well as hummingbirds) so that’s a fact to keep in mind when choosing what herbs to plant. Bee balm is also used to add food and color to many different meals and dishes.
With a strong and powerful smell, anise hyssop is a great choice if you want your yard to be full of fragrance. Birds and bees are attracted to this herb so it will add both aroma and visitors to your garden! Anise hyssop is used in cooking and needs full sun exposure to grow best.
Aloe Vera is easy to grow and provides a really interesting look to wherever you decide to plant it. It’s mainly used for medicinal purposes, especially for soothing skin irritation.
This herb’s flower is a bright blue color, which can add a touch of fun to your garden or yard. It is used in some medicines and cooking as well. The roots are bitter and can be a good accent to certain meals and the flowers are most often used in salads as garnish.
Lemon balm serves multiples purposes, so it’s a great choice for a garden herb. It can be used in numerous different meals to add a lemon flavor and it also adds a splash of yellow to your garden. It also gives off a wonderful lemony aroma for everyone in your backyard to enjoy.