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Not all garden corners are kissed by the sun. Sites that are lit by her only a few hours a day or are shaded by light trees, are still suitable for a herbal bed. Because many plants, especially salad and tea herbs such as parsley, lovage and mint flourish in contrast to Mediterranean plants even in low light. In the full shade, for example on the north side of buildings, the creation of a versatile herbal bed, however, is a missed lovemaking. Here only woodruff (Galium odoratum) and wild garlic (Allium ursinum) get along.
Exotic herbs for shady flowerbeds
One must renounce Mediterranean delights, but not on the exotic: Wasabi (Wasabia japonica), the extremely hot Japanese horseradish, grows preferentially in partial shade. Not only its roots, but also the leaves are edible and a fine salad ingredient. The Japanese parsley (Cryptotaenia japonica) feels well here and gives food an unusual flavor. The variety 'Atropurpurea' has dark red foliage and is such a nice splash of color between the most green herbs. The blood sorrel (Rumex sanguineus) with its red leaf veins also has high ornamental value. He is also good in the balcony box.
Wasabi is only partially hardy and much sharper than European horseradish
Semi-shade herbs like a humus rich, nutrient-rich soil and should be fertilized annually with compost. Also a good water supply is important. Since shaded beds are less likely to dry out, this is not a big problem. In midsummer, however, should be watered regularly. Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) and Wasabi prefer really wet locations. The soil must not dry out, but stagnant water in the pot should be avoided.
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is an ancient herb, but today it is mainly grown as a mulch and for Jauchen
If woodruff and wild garlic feel good in the garden, they spread out. A root barrier keeps the wild garlic in check. For comfrey (Symphytum officinale) caution is advised, he insists strong in some locations. It is best to cut it back to seed maturity. For the short-lived herbs garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and pimpernelle (Sanguisorba minor) it is desired that they sow themselves. If there are too many plants, you should cut off most of the fruit stalks before dropping their seeds.
The chocolate mint (Mentha piperita) goes well with desserts
Mint: The big selection
Hugo and Mojito show that mint is not only good for colds and stomach problems. The contained menthol gives cocktails and desserts a fresh note. But the herb is also used in the hearty cuisine of the Middle East, Asia and India. The variety names of bergamot mint to ginger mint betray the different flavors and scents. Mint is frugal in terms of soil and light. However, she should not stand in full shade. By foothills, the plant spreads strong. A root ring can prevent this. Alternatively, immerse the plant and pot in the bed. Mint can be harvested throughout. If the plant is close to flowering, it is worth cutting off and processing the entire shoot. The mint drives out again.