6 Easy to Grow Herbs for Urban Gardening

6 Easy to Grow Herbs for Urban Garden

The easiest way to find your green thumb is to start with easy-to-grow herbs gardening. That’s how I started gardening, growing just 3 types of herbs on this list. I grew them in containers on a patio and in my garden.

Herbs gardening needs little effort to maintain and takes very little room. You don’t need a lot of water to grow herbs or sunlight for that matter. Grow your own fresh herbs offer tremendous cost savings and cut waste over buying them.

6 Easy to Grow Herbs:

  1. Arugula
  2. Basil
  3. Cilantro
  4. Lemongrass
  5. Mint
  6. Rosemary


Arugula easy to grow herb for your home garden
Arugula popular salad green

Roquette, or arugula, has become popular and common in salad mixes. This herb has delicate, crisp green leaves with a peppery and mildly spicy taste. Arugula contains a high amount of vitamin K and vitamin A. As a cool-season herb so the best time to plant arugula is either spring or fall. It’s easy to start arugula from seed in 5-7 days. It grows best in nutrient-rich and well-drained soil. Sow arugula seeds about ¼ inch deep and 3-4 inches apart if planted in a row.


Thai basil is ideal for in pots and in-ground growing
Thai basil is ideal for in pots and in-ground growing

I love basil. It was one of the three herbs I grew on a patio. Basil grows well either in pots or in the ground. Native to Asia but you can grow them anywhere with a warm climate. The tender leaves give off minty and anise scent and flavor. All basil varieties come under the mint family. Each cultivar brings something different to a variety of cuisines around the world. Some basil makes great ornamental plants. Well-drain fertile soil and full or partial sun.


Another easy-to-grow herb in the parsley family is Cilantro. The leaves, stems, and roots are popular in many Asian, Indian, and Latin dishes. You can grind the seeds into coriander powder or dhania powder. Cilantro has high antioxidant value and other health benefits. Plants cilantro in spring, after the last frost date. Cilantro grows best in well-drained soil. Spaced about a foot apart as cilantro can grow quite big.


Lemongrass is easy to grow perennial

A perennial herb that’s as easy to grow like grass. Lemongrass is a tall species of grass and native to tropical and sub-tropical climates of Asia. Lemongrass adds a citrusy aroma to many Asian cuisines. You crush the stalk to release the fragrant. You can also infuse it into soups, stocks, or teas. Lemongrass has many health benefits. Lemongrass helps deter garden pests such as mosquitoes. You can make an herbal infusion from fresh or dried lemongrass leaves. Lemongrass essential oil can is made using fresh leaves. Spring is the best time to plant lemongrass. It does well in containers or growing in-ground.


Mint is a fast-growing herb and easy to grow
Mint is a fast-growing herb and easy to grow

Growing mint is the easiest. Mint is a fast-growing herb and will grow just about anywhere. The biggest problem you’ll have is how to prevent it from taking over the garden. And the best method for that is to grow mint in containers. This keeps the roots, “runners”, from sprouting new leaves and plants elsewhere. I grow peppermint and the original plant is still with us after five years! There are over 20 types of mints for you to grow. Common varieties are Spearmint, Mojito, and Chocolate Mint. For mint to thrive the soil must be consistently moist. The best time to plant mint is in spring. Dried or fresh leaves have many uses. I use them to make peppermint oil.

Read more: How to grow mint: a step-by-step guide from seed sowing to transplanting


Rosemary needs little care to grow
Rosemary needs little care to grow

A herb that needs very little attention or care is Rosemary. It’s a spice with a unique scent often found in Mediterranean dishes. It has needle-like leaves and woody stems. Rosemary is a member of the mint family of plants. It thrives in any soil condition including our desert soil and climate. So Growing Rosemary should be part of everyone’s landscape or herb garden. Rosemary repels some garden pests especially mosquitoes.

Ray Garden

Ray Garden Day

I discovered I have a knack for gardening. In 2015, with my wife, Marina, I embarked on a mission to turn our urban backyard from barren to a bountiful oasis. Our goal was to create a functional outdoor space, that is distinct yet unified, a space for outdoor living and recreation and garden space for me to grow food. Within a few years, we’d established a garden consisting of raised beds and fruit trees and vines. Our family grew and we were blessed with an extra pair of little hands to help in the garden. The following year we’d completed living space with an installation of a gazebo and artificial turf. Play structures for our kids and cats will complete our garden transformation.

From the outset, I documented my experiences and have started a blog, this site, to share our trials and tribulations in the hope to inspire and help you to create the garden of your dreams.

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    Thanks for sharing your post on easy-to-grow herbs for urban gardening! It’s great to see that you’re promoting gardening in small spaces and highlighting the benefits of growing your own herbs. I appreciate that you’ve included tips for growing each of the six herbs you’ve mentioned. Can you share more about the best ways to care for herbs in an urban garden setting, especially for those who may be new to gardening? I’m sure your insights would be very helpful for anyone interested in starting their own herb garden!

    1. Ray Garden

      Hi Fern,

      Like you, I love growing herbs in the garden.

      Absolutely, I’d be delighted to share more insights on caring for herbs in an urban garden setting, especially for beginners.

      Please check back later for more tips to help you and other aspiring urban gardeners create thriving herb gardens!

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