A Shady Subject…

Question: I have a lot of trees in my yard, which leaves very few sunny spots. Are there any herbs I can grow?

herb farm bucket

Answer: Most herbs love the sun, but some do thrive in woodlands and other shady spaces. Look for herbs that have shallow roots, which help them compete with tree roots that tend to hog water. Here are several of my favorite herbs that thrive on four or fewer hours of sun a day or dappled sunlight.

  • Angelica {Angelica archangelica}
  • Anise Hyssop {Agastache foeniculum}
  • Black cohosh {Actaea racemose}
  • Cardamom {Elettaria cardamomum}
  • Catnip {Nepeta Cataria}
  • Chervil {Anthriscus cerefolium}
  • Chives {Allium schoenoprasum}
  • Cilantro {Coriandum sativum}
  • Evening Primrose {Oenothera biennis}
  • Ginger, wild {Asarum canadense} or Mioga {Zingiber mioga}
  • Goldenseal {Hydrastis canadensis}
  • Lemon balm {Melissa officinalis}
  • Mint {Mentha ssp.}
  • Mitsuba {Cryptotaenia japonica}
  • Parsley {Petroselinum crispum}
  • Pennyroyal {Hedeoma pulegioides}
  • Periwinkle {Vinca}
  • Shiso {Perilla frutescens}
  • Sweet cicely {Mytthis odorata}
  • Sweet grass {Hierochloe odorata}
  • Sweet woodruff {Galium odorata}
  • Wild bergamot {Monarda fistulosa}