We grow 2 types of oregano, English thyme, mint, rosemary, basil, flat leaf parsley, bay laurel (not sure if this is an herb as it will grow into a tree) and others I cannot think of at the moment. We plant in containers with very good potting mix. We grow outside. Bay laurel is very hardy and can stand cold temperatures. They grow quickly as well.
Its true some herbs are difficult to start from seed. I use clones during the season for more plants.
So I do buy some as small plants and the others from seed. I like to have access to fresh herbs all spring, summer and fall. I use dried herbs in the winter.
Herbs are the most useful plants we grow.
We do grow vegetables as well.