Rosemary – Also a staple in any cook’s kitchen, it is not reliably hardy in growing zones colder than 7. Even if the herb plants you are growing are hardy in zone 9, if that area of your yard is hotter than the rest of your yard, the plants will die. After then, infrequent & deep waterings (every 2-4 weeks depending on your climate) are fine. Your cost for the products will be no higher but Joy Us garden receives a small commission. It gets no supplemental water & the summer temps have consistently been 100 degrees F plus. I did a video many moons ago about how I used that rosemary which you might find interesting. I have 9 planted in my front yard to create a wall from my neighbors. It also requires good air circulation. Cilantro is an interesting herb. Hello, I live in southern Arizona and I have had my Tuscan Blue Rosemary planted for about a month now, and they are neither growing nor dying. When walked on, they give off the scent of thyme. Nell. Tarragon is perennial in zones 4 through 8. It sounds like the sun exposure is fine. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 7. I wonder when they’ll bloom again. The information you have provided has truly motivated me & given me more knowledge on how to do it properly. A question that I am frequently asked is “Can I grow herbs in the shade?”  The answer is yes, provided you choose the right herbs. The roots take 8 to 10 years to reach maturity. Bee balm (Monarda didyma) is a perennial plant that serves double duty in the herb garden.Its bright showy blooms are attractive and draw many beneficial pollinators. Peppermint is used as a tea for indigestion. Plants grow to 2 to 3 feet in height. It can take morning shade but needs that midday & afternoon sun to look its best. I have a West facing side yard that gets full sun during the day and shade from the neighboring house in the afternoon. I cut out the bottom of the container I bought it in, planted it deep, and it is flourishing. It smells like peppermint patties! […] after planting from stem tips. Your meal idea sounds lovely & will certainly impress your family & guests. This is such an attractive plant to have in the garden and comes in a few forms, many sizes and is versatile and easy. After slow germination (about 25 days), the growth picks up speed. Rosemary prefers full sun. Ironically, just last night we dined at an overpriced restaurant and sampled many items. Ginger can be harvested within a year of planting. This is Rosmarinus officinalis “prostratus” (or trailing rosemary) grows alongside the wash behind my house in Tucson, AZ. Thank you. To make life a bit easier for you, we’ve put together this list of shade tolerant vegetables. Ponytail Palm Care Outdoors: Answering Questions, The Best Tips For Growing Your Own Balcony Garden. I didn’t have much luck with it is soil so will do the water bit ASAP. Cilantro (Coriander) – Coriandrum sativum a member of the carrot family and native to the regions surrounding the Mediterranean including southern Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia. Thanks to you, I’ve managed to keep most of my plants healthy and alive! Cathy – Rosemary blooms in spring so you may have to wait until next year. Chamomile – Matricaria recutita ,known as German chamomile. You can delay flowering a few weeks by heavily mulching the plants to keep the soil cool. An annual, German chamomile will grow to 2’ to 3’. Rosemary is often used in natural insect repellants. For this 1st growing season, you’ll need to water them every 5 days until they get established. Nell. Thank you so much for this post, I love herbs and I really needed plants that grow well in shade conditions, because I have alot of trees and shrubs in my yard, & I’ve been looking for plants and groundcovers to complement them! We live in zone 5b and have lots and lots of violets around. How to Grow a Kitchen Herb Garden | Joy Us Garden, The Best Plants for Your Fall Home | Joy Us Garden. Thanks for all of your insights! Hardy to zone 4, it grows to 3′ to 4′ in height so it should be planted in the back of your border. Rosemary does well in containers in a soil-based, peat-free compost. It is also the nectar plant for small butterflies which lay their eggs on the backs of the leaves. Thank you!! I have had good rosemary plants in big lots outside in Albuquerque. A You might have to accept a muted performance by some of these plants but parsley, mint, lovage, sorrel, sweet cicely, chives, chervil, basil, rosemary and marjoram all grow in shade. .. and you can eat the flowers too. Mature plants will reach a height of 3’. Sweet Woodruff – Galium odoratum  A perennial hardy in zones 4 through 8, sweet woodruff grows 6” to 12” high. The most popular is Mother of Thyme. If you’re going to dip below 20, especially a few nights in a row, I’d definitely cover it. 13 Culinary Herbs that Grow in Shady Spots. Make sure that you are getting French Taragon (Artemisia dracunculus ‘sativa’) and not Russian Taragon (Artemisia dracunuculus dracunculoides) which has no scent or flavor. Great post. Be sure to wash the leaves well before eating! His uncle lives in 4b, and while fewer, they are still there. They are usually candied and used as garnish on cakes and pastries. Mints – Mentha spp  Mints come in a seemingly endless variety. It tastes a lot like tarragon. I typically put up sun shades all along the side that filter “up to 85%of UV light”. I’ve since moved to Tucson AZ where there is rosemary in my back yard also. It is often used as an ornamental shrub because it can be pruned into hedges and topiary. Rosemary is a member of the mint family but is not invasive. As a chocolate lover, I always have chocolate mint in my garden. In the cooler, darker months, you’ll want to water it even less. Rosemary isn’t particularly fussy as to soil type but I will say that it prefers a soil more on the alkaline side rather than acidic. Catnip – Nepeta cataria  Catnip is one of my favorite herbs for a partial shade garden and not just because I have cats. Nell, Thank you! I live in the Arizona desert & none of the wildlife (& there’s quite a bit!) You probably possess a potted rosemary, you can make it indoors in containers when there’s the frost. If you know which plants are shade-loving, you can plant them in the right place so they are more likely to thrive. Vegetables That Grow in the Shade. Do not plant them near fennel. Because it grows so big, I needed to saw out whole branches to give it a better shape. From what I’ve been told, upright rosemarys are hardier than the trailing ones. They are perennials that are only hardy as far north as zone 6. Uses:  Rosemary has so many uses in the landscape. I take cuttings about 5-8″ long (not the tender new growth at the ends but not the old woody growth either), strip off the lower leaves & put them in water. Water:  It needs regular waterings to get established. Thanks Nell, I’ll let you know how they are doing if they ever get growing. Nell. You can read our policies here. 7 Herbs that Grow in Shade Herbs in shade may seem like a difficult combination. Parsley is a biennial in its native Mediterranean habitat. Time will tell & it sounds like it’s doing great! Thanks for considering my question. They are better planted by themselves in a garden or, preferably, in containers. Oh yes siree, rosemary is wonderful! Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis  Lemon balm is another great herb for tea but it is also a member of the mint family and reseeds aggressively. There is something very soothing to the senses with this type of garden along with a trickling fountain and garden benches nearby. Many plants grow in shade. Rosemary flowers are usually blue but different varieties can have white, pink & lavender/purple blooms. Be cautious when adding mints to your garden. A few of the trailers include Irene, Huntington Blue and Prostratus (which is the commonly sold trailing rosemary). Bee Balm. Rosemary is a plant I absolutely love and it tickles my fancy that there’s some growing right outside my patio wall. Soil:  Make sure the soil drains really well. Your email address will not be published. All of these thymes are upright thymes, growing like small bushes.