What herb will tolerate morning shade and afternoon sun?

cjra(TX)March 22, 2009

We have a lovely little spot on the side of our house where we're going to put a small bistro table. I'd like to define the area with plants, ideally herbs. Problem is it's shady most of the day (west facing), and then gets late afternoon sun. Are there any herbs that can handle this?

I'm in Zone 7b (I think - San Antonio, TX), so summers are long and hot. All my other herbs are in the back of the house, facing north. They get nice morning sun and afternoon shade and are in pots so I can move them around if necessary. If I put there on the west side, I could do pots but they'd be too bulky to move.

I can plant something else, but I'd like to make use of the spot for herbs if possible (ie something useful).

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Suzi AKA DesertDance


    Bookmark   March 23, 2009 at 4:25PM
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Culinary or medicinal herb? Or either?


    Bookmark   March 23, 2009 at 4:53PM
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Basil would also be another possibility.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2009 at 4:56PM
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rosebush(z7 NC)

Oregano - mine is on the west side and has quadrupled in size, comes back every spring. Also have garlic, bee balm and chives in the same bed.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2009 at 9:23AM
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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

My thyme is grown like that, but has full sun until about 2PM and then shade the rest of the day.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2009 at 2:15PM
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cookie8(zone 5 ON)

My herb garden gets about 3 hours of sun (afternoon sun) a day and does very well. It also get reflected light as it is against the house with very light siding. I grow tarragon, basil, lavender, rosemary, oregano, cilantro, parsley, chives and am blanking on the rest.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 7:32AM
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There is a very good herb nursery in the San Antonio area. It use to be on the web, but don't remember the name as it was years ago.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 11:24PM
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Thanks for all the great suggestions. This is good to know. I may move some of my already potted herbs to the spot and see how they do.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2009 at 8:30PM
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All of them,I think.
It does not matter moring or afternoon sun, as long as they get enough of it, the more the better.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2009 at 10:54PM
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