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There are many great herbs that grow in shade
In fact, there are certain herbs that bolt if the weather gets too hot and prefer cooler weather. Some of these herbs are for culinary uses in your kitchen, other are medicinal herbs. Growing herbs in a shady spot close to your kitchen is perfect for fresh handfuls of herbs. Herbs can be grown in pots and containers, or in the ground.
Shade herbs still need 3 hours of sunlight a day
Many of these herbs are pretty after they flower too
Below is flowering cilantro which also helps to attract beneficial bugs. You can also save the seeds as coriander spice once they’ve dried.
Flowering chives, another great shade herb
Shade tea garden
Make chamomile or mint tea with your shade herbs
Flowering dill helps to attract beneficial bugs
These flowers are an edible herb flower that taste like cucumber (see recipes).
Great herbs to grow in shade:
- Mints like peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint
- Lemon Balm
- Licorice Mint
Have you grown herbs that grow in shade before?
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.