Herbs That Grow in the Shade – Low Light Herbs
When growing an indoor herb garden lack of sunlight can represent an issue for many of us. Especially when thriving for 6 or more hours a day to shine on your plants. Luckily, there are plenty of herbs that grow in shade and tolerate low light.
Winter can also impact your normal hours of light that come through your windows and the same light intensity you experienced in the summer months may be diminished in the cooler months.
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My Top 10 Herbs That Grow in Shade
Mint is a very durable common perennial herb that grows vigorous indoors. Mints will grow in sun too but thrive in low light and shade.
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A hard to find in the store herb that produces some great mild anise-like flavor is Chervil. It does not dry well so is best used fresh picked for the greatest flavor. It grows great in low light, light shade conditions.
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Cilantro likes bright light but not direct sunlight beating on it. This makes it ideal herb to grow in low light. It does well in east windows that get morning sunlight but stay indirect the rest of the day.
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This one may cause an argument as I have seen a lot of people swear that parsley needs a lot of sun. I will tell you in my 20 years of experience growing parsley it has no issues growing in low light.
Parsley also is a natural breath neutralizer and will counteract some stronger scents used in some dishes such as garlic and onions.
Thyme does great with indirect light in a bright room or an east window. Freeing up more space in your sunny southern windows for sun-loving plants. Light does not need to shine on this plant directly but is near for thyme to thrive.
Shiso, or otherwise referred to as perilla, is a wonderful unique herb. It adds an Oriental flavor to your dishes with its Asian roots.
If you would like to learn how to grow your own shiso I have written an article here that will help get you started.
Not everyone considers this to be a shade loving herb. Yet the hardiness of chives tolerates low light and shade conditions with style. The blades may be a little finer when grown in lower lights, but the taste is not sacrificed.
⇒Garlic chives can be a wonderful flavor treat in your dishes if you have never tried this variety give it a chance. You will be surprised.
This is a variety of oregano that likes the shade unlike the rest of the Oregano and marjoram family. It’s delicate pale green to yellow leaves thrive in shade and burn up in high amounts of sun.
Turmeric appreciates indirect light for best growth for your plant. This beautiful plant grown for its roots, rhizomes, is a very versatile home dweller.
Read More about turmeric here.
Much like it’s the previous herb mentioned ginger is also grown for and from its rhizomes(roots). It is a hardy shade grower almost anywhere in your home with a little indirect light source.
Into the Light
Having indoor herbs that can tolerate lower light will help you to space your indoor garden. Bringing you more growth opportunities. It will be important to watch your plants for problems with light deficiency.
Get help supplementing natural light in your indoor garden by learning more here in a previous post I wrote about The Best Grow Lights for Indoor Plants and Herbs – Creating Sunlight.
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Did I miss an herb that you have had success growing in lower light conditions and shade indoors? I would love to hear about what you are growing and how it is working for you. Leave a comment below!