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Herbs That Do Best When Grown in the Shade

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Not all plants are tolerant to the full sun. Cathy Isom reviews the herbs that do best when grown in the shade. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.

Herbs That Do Best When Grown in the Shade

Certain herbs will thrive even when they aren’t getting hours of sun, so they’re perfect for an area that is a bit shadier. Not only does it help you use areas that have less than ideal growing conditions but there are advantages to growing in the shade, as well. Often, a bit of shade is preferred, especially in the middle of the summer, when the heat is unforgiving and likely to cause plants to bolt.

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Here are a few herbs to consider planting in that shady spot in your garden.

  • Mint, as well as its cousin Lemon Balm.  Both are fast-growing perennials that are best relegated to containers because of their aggressive growth habit.
  • Parsley:  works best in a container with well-drained soil. But bring it indoors when it gets too cold.
  • Chives:  Very easy to grow and requires little maintenance.
  • Thyme: this will also help attract bees and other pollinators to your garden.
  • Chamomile:  it thrives in partial shade but tolerates full sun.
  • Tarragon:  does well in partial shade. However the flavor may differ depending on the amount of sun exposure is received.
  • Anise:  a great companion plant due to its pungent aroma.  And it repels certain pests like aphids.

I’m Cathy Isom…