Over at his Amateur Gardening blog, Stuart Robinson lists the ten must-have herbs from a chef’s perspective. There’s the usual basil, rosemary and oregano, but also lemongrass and even borage (I’ll admit, I never knew what to do with borage. But that’s why I’m not a chef).
Stuart, why no parsley? It’s my standby. In fact, I think in all seriousness I could just plant parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme and chives and I’d be good to go. Of course, it’s never limited to that. I always plant stuff that looks good at the nursery and then never have a use for it. I’d love to grow cilantro, and I do every year, but it always goes to seed faster than you can say Coriandrum sativum.
And I love to grow unusual edibles. I think, using the instructions here, I’ll grow lemongrass next year.