It’s said the best place for the kitchen herb garden is… well… right outside the kitchen. But not every garden space near the kitchen is an ideal location for growing herbs because they would be in shade. Can you grow culinary herbs in the shade garden?
This is the question I’m facing in my garden. There will be no skipping outdoors and snipping fresh oregano to sprinkle over my pizza. (I think that if you’re able to harvest fresh herbs for tonight’s dinner, skipping should be involved. Or running if it’s raining. That would be fine.)
No handful of parsley to brighten up and add a little green to any dish. No sprigs of thyme to sprinkle over my chicken.
I sat on my porch swing just outside the kitchen door last year and watched in vain, day after day, for the sun to shine on that side of the home, but alas it gets about 2 hours of morning sun to the far right and an hour of sun during the evening on the left. Worse than part shade, I think it’s safe to say it’s full shade I’m dealing with here.
But does that mean that I’m without the hope of growing a culinary herb garden right outside the kitchen?
Thankfully the answer is, “No!”
Just like with medicinal herbs, there are several culinary herbs that will grow just fine in the shady recesses of the north side of my home. And they’ll do just as well in your shade garden too!
Here is a short list of culinary herbs I’m considering incorporating into my future perennial shade garden.
8 Culinary Herbs for the Shade Garden
- Onion Chives
- Garlic Chives
- Lemon Balm
Click here to find other edibles you can grow in the shade garden!
Not sure which herbs you want to grow in your garden? Check out these tips to help you decide which herbs are the best ones for you to grow!