5 Delicious Indoor Herbs for Your Windowsill

Give your kitchen some life and your cooking some pizzazz with these herbs perfectly suited for an indoor garden.

A windowsill garden is a beautiful way to inject life and color into your kitchen -- not to mention it's totally convenient when cooking. Though it can be tricky to maintain, with the right light and proper maintenance, your indoor herb garden will be flourishing in no time.

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  • Most herbs like to be watered frequently, but they will respond poorly to overwatering -- good drainage is key.
  • Moderate daytime temperatures (65°F to 70°F) are ideal, and most of these herbs react well to decreased temps at night, mimicking outdoor conditions.
  • Give them regular baths or a few quick sprays with a water bottle to fend off dust and pests.
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BayThumb Bay Laurel Grow From: Seeds Ideal Conditions: Moderate sun, with plenty of room for adequate air circulation Best Windows: East- or west-facing Get Started: Bay Laurel Seeds, $2, Amazon Troubleshoot: Growing Herbs: Bay Laurel Pests
OreganoThumb Oregano Grow From: A cutting from an existing plant Ideal Conditions: Bright light, dry conditions Best Windows: South-facing Get Started: Gold Crisp Oregano, from $5, Richters Further Reading: How to Grow Oregano Indoors
BasilThumb Basil Grow From: Seeds Ideal Conditions: A lot of sun Best Windows: South-facing Get Started: Sweet Basil Seeds, from $2, Richters Troubleshoot: Grow Guide: Reviving Basil
RosemaryThumb Rosemary Grow From: A cutting from an existing plant Ideal Conditions: Bright light, moderate water Best Windows: South-facing Get Started: Blue Boy Rosemary, from $5, Richters Further Reading: An Illustrated Guide to Growing Rosemary Indoors
SageThumb Sage Grow From: A cutting from an existing plant Ideal Conditions: Dry air, but strong sun Best Windows: South-facing Get Started: Dwarf Sage, from $5, Richters Troubleshoot: What Is Killing My Sage Plant?
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Food52 Herb Garden, $78, Terrain Culinary Classics Herb Collection, $24, Burpee Essential Kitchen Garden Herbs, $30, Williams-Sonoma
Do you have an herb garden at home? Share what you're growing in the comments below! Photographs: Chris Patey, Arlene Mobley, Courtesy of Poppytalk, Luba Fayngersh, Courtesy of Gardenista, via UrbanEGardener
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