Parsley - Petroselinum Crispum 'Italian Improved The sophisticated palatable flat leaf kind; not the hard curly leaf-variety that leaves dark green shreds between your teeth. Best planted in a sunny position near your kitchen door for easy pickings.
Basil - Ocimum Basilico 'Sweet Genova' If you are growing tomatoes you'd better plant a basil or two for an award-winning bruschetta and pesto combination. Get that quintessential Italian taste with this easy to grow herb. All the benefits minus the international airfares.
Thyme - Thymus Vulgaris 'Summer' So many puns. So little thyme. Grow for flavouring soups, stews, stuffing and beef dishes. Simple to grow in dry sunny spots; it will reward you by providing a weed-suppressing ground cover and attractive delicate flowers. Thyme after thyme.
Mint - Mentha X Piperita So easy to grow that it's probably best contained to a pot. Goes wild when it's given a sideways glance and kept hydrated. Beautiful bright green leaves great for homemade beauty remedies, decorating desserts or pina coladas. Or all three at ones if you're a multi-tasker!