Herbs for Shade

Herbs for Shade

Does your garden get more shade than sunshine? Don’t let it stop you from growing some of your favorite culinary and medicinal herbs. Here are 18 common botanicals that thrive in the shade.

Growing herbs in shade.

Most herbs prefer full sun and even some shade-tolerant plants enjoy a few hours of morning sun, but as you can see from the list below there are a good number of herbs that don’t mind hanging out in the shade. This list will help you plan for your shade garden or for those hard-to-fill spaces around foundations or walkways and borders that get shade from nearby trees or outbuildings. It also serves as a guide for apartment dwellers and others who garden via deck or patio containers and window boxes.

  • Angelica (Angelica archangelica)

  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

  • Chives (Allium schienoprasum)

  • Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)

  • Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

  • Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

  • Lobelia (Lobelia inflate)

  • Marjoram (Origanum majorana)

  • Meadowsweet (Spirea ulmaria)

  • Nettle (Urtica dioica)

  • Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

  • Plantain (Plantago major)

  • Purslane (Portulacca oleracea)

  • Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

  • Wood Betony (Stachys officianalis)

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