Which Herbs Where?

Herbs in ShadeAlthough most of the common herbs are from Mediterranean origins which prefer dry sunny growing conditions, there are some herbs which will tolerate or even thrive in damp or shady conditions.  Height is another issue when considering where to plant herbs – tall herbs at the back so they do not block smaller varieties while tall and delicate plants need to be located where they will get shelter from walls, fences or hedges.


   Below, I have listed herbs suitable for different conditions in the garde. This list is by no means definitive, but will give you some guidance when designing or altering your herb garden.


Damp Conditions :-  Comfrey, Mint, Marshmallow Lungwort, Chervil, Horseradish, Solomons Seal, Cowslip, Iris, Lily of the Valley, Bugle, Valerian,

Damp and Sunny:– Lovage, Parsley, Wild Strawberry,          Wild Strawberry

Well Drained Sunny Conditions:– Thyme, Lavender, Hyssop, Oregano/Marjoram, Savory, Sage, Fennel, Chamomile,  Borage, Wormwood, Southernwood, Dill, Poppy St Johns Wort, Curry Plant, Coriander, Evening Primrose

Shade/Semi Shade:- Bergamot, Mint, Iris, Foxglove, Chives, Orach, Skullcap, Goldenrod,   Sweet Woodruff,  Lemon Balm, Sorrel, 

It is important to note that shady conditions under trees may not be damp, as the trees may draw up most of the moisture, leaving the ground dry.

Tall Herbs:- Angelica, Lovage, Fennel, Dill, Tansy, Evening Primrose, Mullein,