If you are at a loss as to which herbs to plant in the shady areas of your landscape, don’t worry! A lot of great herbs thrive in low-light. Read on to learn more about which herbs grow in shade so you can utilize every inch of your herb garden space.
Partially shaded (otherwise known as light shaded) areas receive a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight, at least four of which are during the morning when the sun is softer. The following herbs grow well in partial shade:
Parsley – This herb thrives best in moist, well-drained soil and it is an herb that grows in shade. Plant the seeds when the weather is above 50° F. Parsley seeds grow slowly, usually taking about six weeks before the seedlings sprout through the soil. You can harvest the plants as soon as they start growing strongly.
Anise hyssop – This tall perennial flourishes in well-drained soil and must be watered regularly. Anise blooms beautiful purple flowers in mid-summer and continues growing through early fall. When you plant anise, be sure to place the seeds about two feet apart so they have room to grow.
Lemon balm – This aromatic plant grows in most types of soil, but flourishes most in well-drained soil. Space the seeds about 12-15 inches apart. Germination usually occurs in two to three weeks, but it takes about 10 weeks for the seeds to sprout into full plants.
Shiso Perilla – This purple, leafy plant is a popular culinary perennial. Shiso prefers well-drained soil and does not require much water. The seeds take about three to four weeks to germinate.
The medicinal plants mentioned above can also herbs that grow in filtered shade.
Filtered shade is sunlight that is blocked by overhead trees or structures. To encourage herb growth in these areas, you might want to trim some of the lower branches to allow light in and increase air circulation. Check out the best herbs that grow in filtered shade below:
Spicebush – This small woodland shrub has green tear-drop shaped leaves that turn yellow in the fall. Spicebush prefers moist soil.
Sweet woodruff – This lovely groundcover produces small, white flowers. It grows well in naturally moist, well-drained soil. Plant in the early spring and space them about eight inches apart. Keep sweet woodruff well-watered during its first year of growth. After that, water the plants if you get less than an inch of water per week or during long stretches of heat.
Wild ginger – This groundcover has glossy, heart-shaped leaves, and blooms purple bell-shaped flowers in the spring. It needs moist, well-drained soil.
These aren’t the only herbs to plant in the spring! Learn more about herbs for spring here.
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