Grow aromatic herbs for cooking: Sure success

Fancy growing a few useful kitchen plants but don’t have much room? A small garden of aromatic herbs is the solution !

Aromatic herbs in a flowerpot

I have a friend who had this problem… an interior patio without much space and the illusion of cultivating. A few days ago we decided that we could start a small potted garden of aromatics, and the first thing for that is to decide which plants to plant.

In today’s post we will see what are some of the aromatic herbs that can be easily grown in a small home garden, then we will choose which ones we will grow and, in a few weeks, I will show you what the small vertical aromatic garden that we are going to set up looks like. your yard. Let’s do it!

Benefits of aromatic herbs

Aromatic herbs are very useful for cooking, basic in many of the dishes of Mediterranean cuisine. If you do not have enough space to cultivate a large garden but you are bitten by the bug of growing at home, an aromatic planter garden is a good alternative because these plants:

  • They take up little space.
  • They do not need much care, they are easy to grow.
  • They can grow without problems in pots.
  • They can be grown both outdoors and indoors.
  • They do not attract too many bugs or pests because their pungent smell is usually disliked by insects.
  • They are ornamental and will give your small patio, balcony or your kitchen a special touch of color and aroma.
  • Many of the aromatic herbs are perennial, which means that you do not have to plant them every year, if you take good care of them they will last for several seasons.
  • Some, like basil, are quite expensive, so you will save on the shopping cart.

Examples of aromatic herbs for cooking

We are now going to see examples of dishes in which some of the most common aromatics are used:


It is usually consumed fresh. It is the main ingredient of the famous pesto sauce, perfect to accompany pasta. A few leaves of this plant will give a unique touch to your salads.

The caprese salad, for example, based on basil, mozzarella and tomato, is a typical Italian dish that is easy to make and very fresh and tasty.

Purple basil at the end of a row of peppers

In addition, like most of the herbs we will see today, basil is very useful together with garden plants, such as tomatoes or peppers, because it helps to repel their pests. In the post on how to plant and care for basil in pots you have more information about this delicious aromatic.


Its leaves are like hollow stems and are used fresh or dried as decoration and dressing in a lot of dishes: soups, sauces, salads, baked potatoes… Last summer I tried some delicious scallops with chive sauce !

The bulbs can be preserved in vinegar for a long time and are also used in salads (it is a lily like the onion, so the bulb tastes similar).


It is a basic element in many marinades for fish, but also in roasts and meat stews. It is used, for example, to make couscous recipes or in Mexican guacamole, and it is basic in many sauces or aromatic condiments such as curry, based on various aromatics or spices.


Its fresh leaves are used in soups, salads or rice dishes. Also in sauces for pasta, for potatoes… Its seeds or the parts of the plant that contain them are a dressing for pickles.


Due to their intense and fresh flavor, they are the base of sauces for meat, condiments, salads, fillings… They are also used as a decoration in many dishes, and are basic in many desserts and drinks, such as mojito.


Use oregano to give a special touch to your pizzas, salads, grilled meat or fish, stuffed… It has a flavor that combines well with many foods and with other plants to make more aromatic sauces or dressings.


It is one of the best known and most versatile aromatic herbs used in the kitchen. Its leaves and stems are used fresh or dry to flavor a multitude of dishes: fish, sauces, meat, stuffing…

The other day I cooked Moussaka and the minced meat dressing, based on parsley, gave it a unique touch.


It is ideal, for example, to make flavored oils, you just have to put several twigs in a clean and empty bottle and add the oil. In three weeks you will have a tasty rosemary oil for your salads, roasts or sauces, and it will last for several months.

They also go very well as a condiment in stews and roasts (especially lamb), and are used in infusions.


Its leaves are used to flavor soups, sauces, rice dishes, grilled meatsSage is also used in infusions for its medicinal and beneficial properties for our body.

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