Growing fresh herbs can fill your kitchen with vibrant scents, tastes

If the fresh fragrances wafting from your flower gardens make you feel happy and connected with nature, planting herbs in an indoor garden can help bring the the outdoors into your favorite room in the house. Like flowers, each herb has a unique scent that can awaken your spirit or enliven any dish. Many gardeners will choose to plant more than one type at once for a more well-rounded garden, but if fresh herbs are not currently a part of your daily life, you may be fumbling figuring out which are good to plant in your area.

For those seeking gardening tips for beginners on herbs, take a look at this list of common herbs that are easy to maintain and grow well in most climates. When you have fresh herbs at your disposal, you will be able to take your cooking to the next level. Try growing these three varieties to ditch the salt, pepper and garlic in favor or more distinctive flavors:

Dill is an herb with a fresh, grass-like flavor profile that is responsible for giving pickles their recognizable taste. According to Good Housekeeping magazine, the feathery leaves of dill plants are used as an ingredient in brine, so if you’re interested in making homemade pickles, this herb may become your new favorite. Chefs recommend using fresh dill in recipes and adding it right before serving so it doesn’t get lost in the mix. Try pairing this herb with seafood dishes, yogurts, omelets and vegetables.

Tarragon has a very distinctive licorice-y flavor that is indispensable in many recipes. When cooking calls for tarragon, having fresh plants growing in your indoor garden can allow the natural flavor profile to pop. According to Weight Watchers, many French recipes call for tarragon, but you must be careful to add the right amount because the anise flavor can easily overpower other components of the dish. Try pairing tarragon with chicken, fish and vegetables.

You may think that mint is only a flavor used in dessert, but around the world, chefs are using mint in main dishes as well. With a bright, cool flavor that can jazz up both sweet and savory recipes, mint can make a great addition to your favorite foods. Try using it in sauces, marinades, beverages, jellies or meat recipes, Good Housekeeping suggested.