15 Herbs That Grow in Shadecomments (12) May 14th, 2014 in Gallery
Londoners often excuse themselves with the bad weather when you ask them "Why don't you grow your own vegetables or herbs in your yard?". This is not an excuse, though, because some herbs and veggies grow in shade. I'm about to give you a list of 15 herbs that can live with a limited amount of sunlight. They can be of great use to you in your everyday life, as they are good de-intoxicants and help live a healthier life.
Mint is probably the most popular and most universal herb. Mint tea is used against coughs and some other health problems. It is a good addition to a lot of meals and salads, too, as it adds a very fresh and pleasant flavour. People also use it in the most popular tropical cocktail - Mojito. I personally add it to meals with zucchini, lamb, tomato salads and almost everything else. I recommend that you plant this herb in containers and to grow it in them, as it can be pretty invasive when in the ground. Maintain it regularly by trimming it because it will become leggy and will look bad.
Most of you might not even heard of it but it is a very popular herb. In my opinion, it is not exactly a herb but a vegetable, but it likes shade. Chives is a type of onions, which is used for flavouring salads or as a decoration of other meals. It has grass-like leaves and a light flavour, which is very pleasant. Unlike mint, though, it doesn't like full shade. You have to grow it somewhere where there is some direct sunlight.
Parsley is also a very popular herb. It goes very well on tomato salads, but it is widely used for other dishes, too. It is rich in vitamin C. There are two types of parsley - flat-leaved and Italian. They both like moist soil and partial shade. It can be grown in containers, just like mint.
Cilantro also likes partial shade, like chives. It can be grown from seeds and is a very good addition to lots of meals, too. Mind that this herb doesn't like to be transplanted.
Tarragon loves shade but only in the afternoon. In the morning it prefers sunny spots. Tarragon is used in salads and other meals. You can also flavour vinegar with it. It is a very interesting herb from the perennial family. The easiest way to grow it is from cuttings.
Golden Oregano is the only type of oregano that doesn't need full sun. All other types of this wonderful herb love direct sunlight, but golden oregano prefers partial to full shade. Direct sunlight will kill it.
Lemon Balm, as you can guess from its name, has a very pleasant citrus flavour. It is used for flavouring dishes, salads, tea and whatever else you can think of. It is also a perennial and loves shade. It has to be trimmed often, though, in order to prevent it from getting leggy.
Thyme is also a popular herb used in different cuisines around the world. It goes well with beef, pork, lamb, potatoes, fish and lots of other food products. 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. I recommend that you plant it in wide, shallow containers, where it will have enough space to expand and grow freely.
Sweet woodruff is very appropriate for a ground-covering plant. It has aromatic, star-like leaves. It is used in pot-pourri and is a very effective moth repellent. Germans use it to flavour desserts and drinks, as it has a very strong scent.
Angelica is a biennial, which loves partial shade, high amounts of moisture, and woodland conditions. It can be grown in the garden, too, though. This plant is a cure for a lot of diseases, but its roots are poisonous. Only the flowers/leaves and stems are edible.
Wild Bergamot is used mainly for tea and as a honey plant. It is very effective against colds and flu.
Anise has a liquorish flavour. It is mainly used in medicine and for the production of strong anise drinks. Tea made of its fruit is very effective against colic. Anise loves partial shade.
Meadowsweet is a native plant to most of West Asia and Europe. It is a herb that grows in meadows and blooms beautifully in June to September. The blooms and leaves have s pleasant aroma and are used for flavouring teas, desserts and wine. Meadowsweet is an appropriate plant for your garden, if you want to attract bees and butterflies.
Red Perilla is also know as Shiso. It is mainly used in the Asian cuisine. Red perrilla has an anise-like flavour and goes well with fish and on salads.
Spicebush is an extremely aromatic herb, that loves partial shade. It is edible. Spicebush blooms from late winter to early spring, as in the end of the blooming season it grows red berries. They are very delicious, but for birds. If you want to attract some wildlife in your garden, spicebush is a good enticement. There one little detail, though, you have to plant a male and a female plant, if you want to have berries.
So, now you know that gardening in shade is not impossible. These herbs will beautify your property and will help you live healthier, too. Don't wait for too long until you start planting and make sure you maintain your green space regularly.
And one last thing - most of the herbs above can be grown in containers, so even if you don't have an yard to plant them in the ground, you can grow them inside your house or on a balcony.
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