Compatible Herbs ~ ~ ~ Herbs are simple to grow and offer aesthetic and culinary value. Not all herbs are alike, though. Some herbs are native to the Mediterranean and thrive in hot, dry conditions. These herbs tolerate poor, gravely soil. Other herbs need partial shade and moist conditions to thrive. It makes sense then to group herbs together based on their growing needs, as well as their uses. This strategy not only simplifies gardening, but harvesting, as well.