Not everyone is blessed with a garden that can be grown in full sun, so learning about the plants that can survive in the shade is a learning process. When designing your shade garden, make sure you consider herbs that can be planted in the shade, because there are actually several of them that not only survive, but thrive in low light conditions where the soil might not be the best. Many options are full green foliage plants, but there are a few that offer flowers and interesting shapes and sizes, so be sure to select plants that will contrast with what is already planted.
The following are a few herbs to grow in shade that will add interest to the garden with their bright colored leaves and a pleasant scent.
Herbs to Grow in Shade
Chives are an early spring herb that grow fast and keep growing through the entire summer. Able to grow in shade, they will produce their fragrant blades of green but might not always produce the pink flower poms that they are known for, depending on the amount of sunlight they receive. Still, the shape and size of the green chives are enough to add interest and fill in gaps in any border or edging where there is a lot of shade.
Foxglove is a woodland herb that produces tall stems with trumpet flowers up and down the length of each stem. If you have a wide garden bed that is covered in shade, foxglove makes a great addition to the background where it can frame other flowers that might be used. Though not very fragrant, foxglove flowers grow in several different colors, so plan for bright yellows and whites which will brighten up a dark corner.
Vinca is an herb that grows as a low lying vine and can be used to fill in large shaded spots below trees. It is a perennial plant so every year it grows back in the places where it is already established and then continues to spread until it has covered empty ground completely. Vinca is great if you have large patches of bare dirt that little else will grow in. In late spring, deep purple flowers will bloom for up to two weeks and add a little color to a garden.
The elderflower is a shrub that is suited to low light conditions, but is still able to produce fruit in the form of edible berries. Most of the time this shrub is found growing in the wild, but it is being added to more and more cultivated gardens because of its ability to establish itself where other plants can’t. The fruit of the elderflower can be made into jams and syrups, but it is important that you look for a variety that has been cultivated for home garden use.