The best thing about herbs would be running your fingers through the herb plant and rubbing the leaves and smelling the scent on your fingertips. There is nothing better than picking your culinary herbs by finding the herb variety which features the very best scent for you. For instance, I'm crazy about Provence lavender because the leaves smell exactly like the blooms! All the time, a person can have lavender and plentifully. Trim back the plant when it needs it, throw the leaves into a dryer bag or old nylon knotted, and toss into your sheets drying in the dryer, nothing like lavender-scented sheets for sleeping if you delight in the smell of lavender. Make Santa Rosa Plum Lavender jam. The uses are endless.
Save so much money by growing your own medicinal herbs, prepared by cutting, wash off, hand upside down to dry. When leaves are dry, strip leaves into a paper bag. Powder in a blender if you will be putting into a pill. and make herb capsules with a Cap-m-Quick device, using empty gelatin capsules size "0".
Cooking, if you like a certain type of cooking, look for cookbooks and grow your herbs for those recipe. Example this Herbs of Provence recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/223272/herbs-de-provence/ The savory is probably a Summer Savoy which is more delicate in flavor than the Winter Savory.
Once gardeners discover how useful herbs can be, it's easy to get a whole shelf of books.
Location: 7b at 1050 feet, precipitation average 13 inches, irrigated, Okanagan Valley