Herbs for shade

treetoronto3January 7, 2014

Hello, I have a NE wall which gets little (almost no) sun. Are there any herbs I could plant against it that would grow.

Obviously they wont grow as well as in full sun, but something that would grow.

Any suggestions?


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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Mints, chives, comfrey, horseradish and parsley can cope with some shade and also like a bit of moisture.

This post was edited by floral_uk on Tue, Jan 7, 14 at 9:47

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 9:46AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Lovage can take some shade too.

Now medicinal herbs...there are boatloads for shade/woodland gardens but they are not items for kitchen use.


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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

In the light of what FataMorgana said, I'd emphasise that Comfrey is not for the kitchen either. I use mine for the compost heap or directly onto the soil.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 12:23PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Basically, cool crops can tolerate less sun/more shade and those are: Anything in the onions family ; Parsley ; Cilantro. In that order I would say also sage and rosemary to some extent.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 11:55PM
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