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What are some herbs that are perennials, i.e. they return and grow the next season? I'd like to keep a garden of herbs around for cooking.

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Lemon balm comes back every year in my yard –  Tim Dec 24 '12 at 16:48

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Lots of herbs are perennial, including these basic favourites:

  • Chives
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme

Parsley will be around for a year and a bit but will start to bolt in its second spring/summer.

There's a very full list of perennial herbs here or else here.

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There is an extremely detailed and useful guide on starting and caring for a herb garden, including planting herbs outdoors and indoors, here. Among the herbs discussed in the guide, fennel, in addition to the ones already listed by Tea Drinker, is also a perennial.

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