​The Best Herbs to Grow

by Becc Harnas

Planting your own herb garden can be lots of fun and is a great sustainable option that keeps on giving year after year. If you are planning on having an indoor garden selection, consider these herbs that do well in pots as well as outdoor garden beds.

  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Mint


Basil is used in dishes around the world and has lots of different varieties to choose from! This herb loves the indoors, making it the perfect addition to an indoor herb garden with access to full sunlight.

Perfect for:

  • Basil pesto
  • Fresh garden salads


Mamma mia! Oregano is a core herb in tomato centric dishes such as spaghetti, pizza, and pasta sauces. It grows best in well-drained soil with full sunlight - and be sure not to over-water! If you are looking to experiment further, oregano is great in homemade vinaigrette dressings.

Perfect for:

  • Pizza
  • Spaghetti sauces
  • Olive-based dishes
  • Italian Vinaigrette


Available in flare leaf and curled forms, parsley is an old favourite used widely as a garnish and a cooking spice.and. Whilst it enjoys the heat, when growing parsley, make sure to give it a mixture of both sun and shade.

Perfect for:

  • Fresh garnish
  • Dried in soups
  • Pasta sauces
  • Salads


Thyme is a staple in the kitchen and makes for wonderful ground cover in your garden. It does extremely well with full sun, thrives in hot conditions and does not require much watering. This makes it the perfect Australian summer herb! The most common types are French, Lemon, and Caraway. Great fresh or dried this is a must for everyone’s herb garden list.

Perfect for:

  • Italian seasoning
  • Slow simmered soups
  • Homemade Stews


The Sunday roast special. Rosemary plants need well-drained soil and at least eight hours of sun daily. Rosemary can also be grown in a pot with good drainage holes, making it an easy herb to bring inside during the colder months as it does not like the frost.

Perfect for:

  • Sauté potatoes
  • Focaccia breads
  • Roasted meats


Keen for a refreshing drink? There are so many different varieties of mint to choose from, peppermint, spearmint, chocolate, apple, orange and many more. It is the perfect addition to mixed drinks or on its own as herbal tea. Mint copes well both indoors and out, with relatively moist soil and lots of sunlight..

Perfect for:

  • Herbal Teas
  • Mixed Drinks
  • Desserts

A hot herb tip! If you choose to dry your herbs be sure to store them on your tightly sealed Niulife Coconut Oil Jar, perfect to reuse time and time again once rinsed and dried.