Get growing this fall with this fragrant no-fail trio.

Laurey W. Glenn


Where To Begin
Never grown herbs before? Then start with these three–oregano, sage, and rosemary. They smell nice, need basic care, and are perennial, which means you'll never have to buy them at the grocery store again. Instead of growing them from seed, save time and trouble by purchasing plants from your local garden center.

What To Know
Herbs need lots of sun. Unless you have a very bright window, you'll find them easier to grow outdoors than indoors. They also require excellent drainage. If you're growing them in pots, use a brand-name potting soil and make sure the containers have drainage holes. Outdoors, avoid planting in heavy clay soil and wet spots.

How Not To Kill
Keep the soil moist for the first few weeks after planting, and then let the soil go a little dry before subsequent watering (to prevent overwatering, which causes roots to rot). Go easy on fertilizer too; in fact, fertilizing more than once a year makes them grow too fast, lessening the concentration of aromatic oils that give them flavor.