Sunlight Requirements for Common Herb Varieties

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Who doesn't love fresh herbs? There are uses for them in almost any recipe, both savory and sweet, and you can toss a few sprigs onto just about any finished dish as a garnish. They're aromatic and oh-so-delicious. Also, they're just plain pretty.

 

People have used herbs for their culinary and healing properties for centuries. Today, herbs remain as popular as ever. Cooks love the unique flavors that herbs lend to all kinds of food and drink. Herbalists treasure the healing qualities of certain flowers, leaves and roots. Herbal crafters preserve the beauty and fragrance of flowers and leaves in potpourri, wreaths, sachets and dried arrangements. And gardeners value herbs for all their excellent qualities, including their vigor, low maintenance and natural resistance to pests.

When planting your herbs it is important to take note of the area you will be planting them in. How much direct sunlight does it get everyday? What are the wind and weather conditions like? What are the soil conditions? Below are a few examples of common herbs varieties and their direct sunlight requirements to help you grow your beautiful, healing, and delicious herb garden.

Herb Varieties and Sunlight Requirements

Full Sun

Here are some examples of herbs that grow well in 6 to 8 hours or more of direct sunlight each day.

Anise Chicory Oregano Arnica Cilantro/Coriander Rosemary Basil Dill Sage Borage Fennel Summer Savory Calendula Hyssop Tarragon Caraway Lavender Thyme Catnip Mustard Yarrow

Partial Sun

Here are some examples of herbs that do better with only 4 to 5 hours of direct sunlight each day.

Aloe Garlic Parsley Beebalm Lemon Balm Soapwort Chamomile Lemon Verbena Sweet Cicely Chervil Lovage Sweet Woodruff Chives Marjoram Tansy Comfrey Mint Violet Echinacea Nasturtium Wintergreen


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