Mission Hills Nursery
1525 Fort Stockton Drive, Mission Hills
Some herbs can be grown from seed, but the long-lasting perennials (such as rosemary, French tarragon, and Greek oregano) are typically best started as seedling plants. While many nurseries carry a few popular herb plants off and on, Mission Hills distinguishes itself by stocking a tremendous variety, including some unusual cultivars (e.g., rangy, aromatic Peruvian sage). They restock regularly, so you don't have to buy all your basil in a single week or wait a year to replace the tragic victims of a vicious snail attack. The staff members are real gardeners -- they keep the herbs in good growing condition and can answer your questions. The nursery also sells most of the accessory items you'll need, from soils and soil conditioners to organic pest controls -- including live ladybugs.