Most herbs prefer to grow in sunny conditions, but then there are a few that thrive in shade. Here are 9 herbs that can live with a limited amount of sunlight.
1. Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
Plant Angelica in the shade of shrubs and trees where it will enjoy the dappled shade and the slightly acidic soil. It needs plenty of space to grow and spread out, so it is fine to grow it in a remote part of the garden.
2. Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
This herb will bloom and thrive in partial shade. The seedlings do not like to be transplanted once they start developing the taproot. Start them as early as possible in well-drained soil in a shady spot.
3. Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Chives grow best in light shade. They require frequent cutting to encourage production of new leaves.
4. Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
Cilantro also likes partial shade, like chives. This herb can be grown from seeds. Remember, this herb doesn’t like to be transplanted.
5. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon balm loves sun and warmth, but it can also thrive in partial shade. Frequent pruning keeps the plant bushy and prevents early flowering.
6. Mint (Mentha spp.)
Mint tolerates light shade. Because they have a tendency to be invasive, grow mint in containers to help keep plants in check.
7. Parsley (Petroselinum neapolitanum / crispum)
Parsley requires only part shade in hot climates. This herb can be grown in containers or window boxes. Don’t forget to soak parsley seeds for 24 hours before planting.
8. Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)
Sweet Woodruff can be grown from seeds. Give it a shady location with rich, well-draining soil. Once you do that, it will soon send out runners to cover the entire area with sweet-smelling ground cover.
9. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Thyme loves partial shade and shouldn’t be watered too often. It is very appropriate to be grown in containers, as it has shallow roots. Plant it in wide, shallow containers, where it will have enough space to expand and grow freely.