Monday, May 9, 2022

List of Perennial Herbs That Grow Year After Year

This list of perennial herbs has several herbs that you can plant once and grow year after year.  This saves you time and money, and you can quickly have a productive herb garden that will give you fresh herbs for cooking and other uses.

List of Perennial Herbs

I'm blessed to live in an area with several bulk food stores, so that's where I get most of my herbs and spices.  I can get them at a great price, and the flavor and quality is superior to the grocery store.

However, I like to grow my own herbs on my patio so I have fresh herbs during the summer and early fall.  

I set up a tiered planter on my patio last year.  In the past, I used pots to grow my herbs.

I use the herbs fresh for cooking, then I dry them to use for cooking or DIY beauty recipes.

You can also grow these examples of perennial herbs directly in your garden.  Our garden isn't close to the house, so it's just easier to grow them in pots on the patio.

For more information about herbs, check out these posts:

I keep track of my herbs and vegetable plants in this garden planner printable.  Then I can reference it year after year to see what worked and what didn't.

Are Any Herbs Perennials?

Yes! There are plenty of herbs that are perennials. Herbs such as oregano and chives are great examples of perennial herbs.

What Are Some Perennial Herbs?

A perennial herb is any herb that can come back every after it is planted without needing to actually be replanted. Effectively, once you plant a perennial it will grow again year after year.

This, of course, is a great convenience as it means you can continually reap the benefits of a day's work over time. Plus, it can help you save time and money in the long run as compared to other herbs. 

How Do I Grow Herbs All Year Round? 

Growing herbs indoors can help you to keep growing all year round. Growing indoors is also super easy to do. For smaller herbs, you can plant them in all sorts of containers and so long as they have natural light they will grow. 

Herbs are great plants to grow indoors as they do not take up a lot of space and they can even be great little decorations. 

Here are some of my favorite containers for growing perennial herbs indoors:

You can also grow inside with a tabletop hydro garden kit.

What Time Of Year Should You Plant Herbs?

You can be more flexible when planting herbs than you can be with many other plants. Ideally, herbs should be planted in early spring. However, you can plant herbs anytime of year so long as the ground is not frozen.

Herbs are rather tenacious plants and are known to be hardy. Of course, you should always try your best to plan for the weather, but do not worry if conditions are not always super optimal. 

Plus, if you are planting herbs indoors they can be planted all year round so long as they have adequate water and access to light. 

Which Herbs Come Back Every Year?

Perennial herbs come back each year without needing to be manually replanted. This means that after you plant a perennial herb, you can continue to harvest from it for years to come. 

Where to Buy Seeds for Perennial Herbs

I like to buy heirloom seeds for my herbs and plants.  You can save heirloom seeds from your plants and replant them.  This means that you can expand your garden or give seeds to friends to start.

Heirloom seeds are non GMO and usually organic, although they may not always be labeled as such just because getting the word on a label costs a lot of money.

I recommend buying your seeds from a reputable company.  You'll spend a little more than buying the seeds at a big box store, but you'll get better herbs.

If you can't find heirloom seeds locally, try one of these small businesses on Etsy:

4Patriots also has a Victory Garden Seed Vault with a great selection.

List Of Perennial Herbs 

Following is a quick list of perennial herbs, or some of the best examples of perennial herbs. to grow indoors or outdoors. 


First on our list of perennial herbs are chives. Chives are renowned for their long leaves and pleasing flowers which drop seeds that will grow into more chive plants. 

Both the leaves and flowers of the plant are edible and can be snipped off with scissors, making for an easy harvest. Chives are commonly used in salads and soups and in potato based dishes, such as being chopped fresh onto a baked potato. 


Oregano is a staple herb in many gardens and loved for its hardy nature. It spreads fast and its flowers can last for several weeks which attracts plenty of pollinators. 

It pairs well in all kinds of cultural dishes and is favored as a key ingredient of many soups, tomato sauces, and on pizza. 


When learning as to what are some perennial herbs, cilantro and coriander might be common examples. Interestingly, cilantro and coriander actually refer to the same plant because cilantro is the leaf of the plant, while coriander is the seeds. 

Both cilantro and coriander are edible and are great when used in pastas, salads, and salsa. Cilantro is actually an annual plant but if you leave it alone it will reseed and is reliably found to be a perennial in many people's gardens. 


Parsley is actually a tricky plant as it is technically biennial but in many gardens it will reliably self-seed and be a permanent, perennial plant. Parsley plants thrive in the sun but can also do with some light shade. 

Parsley is also known for being a great companion plant. It is a great idea to pair and grow parallel plants alongside tomatoes, carrots, asparagus, and even roses. 

Plus, it is a great herb to have on hand for soups, salads, sauces, and potato dishes.  You can also use parsley to make a parsley infused hot oil treatment for dry hair.


Rosemary is perhaps one of the best examples of perennial herbs with respect to their usefulness and flavor. Rosemary is a sturdy and hard plant that holds up well in mild winters. However, it can last for years in harsh and cold climates by planting it in a pot and bringing it inside during the winter time.

Rosemary is known for being a pretty plant with its small, purple flowers that can really make a garden pop with respect to color. Rosemary pairs well with pasta-based dishes as well as with roasted meat dishes. 

Rosemary is great for your hair.  Use it to make an herbal rosemary and apple cider vinegar hair rinse.


We would be remiss if we did not include mint on our list of perennial herbs. There are many different kinds of mint, each with its flavor. You can plant spearmint for a fresh taste, chocolate mint for a sweet taste, and pineapple mint for a tangy taste. 

Plus, mint even repels mosquitoes naturally, which is why many people plant mint near their decks and patios. 

Mint plants have a tendency to take over gardens, so I recommend planting them separately either indoors or in a solo pot sunk into the soil, as these methods will contain the spread. Mint is delicious in all kinds of drinks and recipes, so you will surely get your money out of this plant. 


When it comes to examples of perennial herbs, lovage can sometimes be forgotten. Lovage isn’t as prevalent in many gardens today, which is surprising. 

Lovage is a hardy plant that can grow to be several feet tall. Its taste is akin to celery making it great for soups, casseroles, and dressings. 


Lavender plants are beloved for their smell. These beautiful purple-blue flowers require well drained soil. They are an incredibly versatile plant and can be used in culinary and medicinal products. 

They are commonly used in floral arrangements, but they taste great as well. It has a great and distinct flavor that works great in butters, salads, breads, and pastries. 

Plus, you can dry lavender plants and use them to enhance the smell of furniture or your house. 

Use dried lavender buds for one of these DIY beauty recipes:


Chamomile flowers are known for their resemblance to daisies. They grow on a bushy plant and their flowers are commonly used either fresh or dried. Chamomile plants are used in salads, tea, or even potpourri.

Be cautious when buying seeds or starters, as some types of chamomile can be annual and not perennial.  Chamomile is an annual in zone 9, so keep that in mind.

You can also use chamomile in these DIY beauty recipes:

Creeping Thyme

Last on our list of perennial herbs is thyme. Thyme is known for being a fast grower. It has small leaves and pretty flowers that come in purple or pin. Thyme is well liked because it can be planted even in poor soil and is popular with pollinators. 

It is a great and hardy ground cover and can be used freshed to enhance the flavor of all sorts of dishes, including potatoes and pasta. Plus, there are a few different kinds of thyme so you have options for your garden. 

Which is these examples of perennial herbs do you grow?

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