Herbs have been used for culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years – and they look very attractive in the garden, too. There's a huge range to choose from, including annual and perennial herbs.
Watch our video guide to planting herbs.
Many herbs also attract and provide food for various forms of wildlife, including bees, butterflies, hoverflies and birds.
The stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, is one of the most important native wildlife plants in the UK. It supports more than 40 species of insect, including larvae of the small tortoiseshell and peacock butterflies.
A tall-growing hardy perennial, Valeriana officinalis produces clusters of sweetly-scented pale pink flowers from mid- to late-summer. Its blooms provide a source of nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies and hoverflies.
Carum carvi is a hardy biennial with feathery bright green leaves. It produces tiny clusters of creamy white flowers in early summer that attract a range of pollinators, including bees and butterflies.