i have grown just about every herb known to man, ok, maybe just newjersey man (not far removed from the neanderthal), but currently, i have a 3 foot by 12 foot herb garden of scarborough fair herbs. that is flat leaf parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. also, there's cilantro and mint in another area of my garden.
as far as plants like mint and oregano, that are prolific and send out runners or shoots and invade an otherwise happy garden, all you need is a good small square edged shovel. every few weeks in the peak growing seasons (when temps are between 60 and 80 degrees F, especially during spring rains), just "edge" the prolific growers with the square shovel to cut the runners. if you must, you can then install lanscapers edging, a 5" wide strip of black flexible plastic, which helps contain the runners.
A true lover of nature does not despair now that his mistress has turned a colder cheek.