Spicy herbs for shaded places
Spicy herbs never go out of style. Indeed, in addition to excellent healing and culinary advantages, they also have many decorative advantages. Unique texture, unusual leaf colors, fragrance and beauty of flowering are just a few of them. And in their talents spicy-aromatic plants are not limited even by the growing conditions. Indeed, despite the fact that most plants are southerners, their stars can be found not only for sunny areas, but also for places with shading. You can decorate the garden with a new spicy garden even in the most secluded lighting.
The best spicy herbs for secluded lighting
You can grow spicy herbs and your favorite green crops not only in the sun. After all, there is not enough space on the sites with good lighting for all plants, but in the shading often there are areas suitable for a small flower garden with a mixed design or even a garden. Bringing herbs to your garden, show your imagination not only in terms of combining useful and highly decorative plants, but also in choosing the growing conditions. Indeed, many of the spices will ideally feel just in partial shade.
Already become the legal inhabitants of any garden peppermint, parsley, arugula, chervil, Melissa, lovage and even chives can settle not only in the bright sun, but also in shading. Their leaves appear in spring salads and decorate the dishes one of the first, but they will also delight you with access to your favorite greens the longest - until the fall. Mint and lemon balm grow quickly and aggressively, often wander from place to place, but create such beautiful sods and covers that it is impossible to resist their cultivation.
To the same unpretentious, content with scanty lighting, you can safely rank and:
- fragrant bedstraw with its carved leaves, delicate small inflorescences and a very tasty aroma, which manifests itself only as it fades;
- wild leek, which forms thickets of large leaves no less beautiful than garden lilies of the valley;
- arugula with its sharp-nut leaves growing in a carved and very beautiful bush;
- sweet leaf hemorrhage, or myrris fragrant, whose appearance resembles ferns and only white umbrellas of inflorescences indicate that she is not related to ancient giants;
- Medicinal peanut with its magnificent bud-shaped leaves and red petioles;
- corymbal sorrel with dark veins on very beautiful light plates of spade-like leaves, which looks great both on the garden bed and in the curb;
- sorrel blood red with very different, elongated, linguistic large leaves with red stalks and veins, against which the base light green color of the plates seems to glow;
- aromatic leaves thyme and marjoramwhich create very beautiful squat pillows.
Pick a colorful company
To make shade-tolerant spicy herbs and leafy vegetables really become a star of a chosen corner, pick them worthy partners. Only 1-2 flowering or decorative leafy plants are able to make a simple extra bed a small masterpiece. In the company of spicy herbs, they will easily take root in the shade. astilbe, hosts, aquilegia, anemones, lungwort. Touching accents will be placed pansies, forget-me-nots and other flyers.
New roles for herbs
"Greens", capable of growing not only in the sun, but also partial shade and even shade, not only expands the possibilities of mix design, but can also become one of the gardener's main "rescue".
Such cultures will help to find original and at the same time simple solutions for arranging problem areas of the garden, which were previously considered unfavorable or inconvenient. You can also allocate a large area for them, creating new flower beds and decorative beds in the shade of shrubs and trees, or you can use those places whose landscaping was previously considered problematic. The places of intersection and “junction” of buildings and walls, residual strips of soil that are not suitable for conventional solutions and formed after construction or redevelopment can be transformed beyond recognition. Such herbs are great:
- for decorating narrow strips of soil;
- "Stock" for buildings and walls, greenhouses and arbors;
- in the beds of the original form, landscaping retaining walls;
- creating beds of snails;
- in small flower beds of strict form, surrounded by a border and placed one by one or in a series.
Especially good, such corners with herbs look in the country style, where they add the unique charm of a rural idyll and motley personality to even the most boring corners of the garden. But shade-loving grasses will look no worse, and as an unexpected accent in a regular garden, in the monastery style, landscape currents, where with their help you can create a wild and unexpectedly looking forest corner. Their fragrant leaves and flowers can easily fit into the Mediterranean theme and original designs.
Shade-loving herbs in pots
Many of the plants that can put up with poor lighting can be grown in separate containers. So, Melissa officinalis and peppermintlike other types of these medicinal and spicy plants in pot culture, they prefer reliable protection against direct sunlight and grow most beautifully in the shade. Yes, and most other herbs that can come to terms with poor lighting are content with a minimum of soil. With their help, you can decorate shady corners for relaxation, secluded places on the terrace or under a canopy, enjoying both the beauty of the leaves and their delicate aromas.
Caring for shade-loving herbs in pots is slightly different from the usual care for a potted garden: watering is carried out less often, only as the soil dries, preventing its excessive moisture. And pinching the tops of the shoots and harvesting the leaves should be regular: they will allow the bushes to constantly rejuvenate and grow compactly.
Shade for shade-tolerant spicy herbs should be right!
Shading many spicy herbs will only benefit, revealing the beauty of leaves and texture of greens in a new way. But you should not overdo it with poor lighting: in a deep shadow, no spicy and leafy culture will feel comfortable, the risk of fungal diseases, in particular powdery mildew, will increase.
Ideal for growing shade-tolerant spicy herbs are considered sites with uneven penumbra of varying intensity, diffused light or secluded lighting. Such conditions are created by trees and shrubs. At penumbra sites, the sun only shines on plants for a few hours a day, usually in the mornings or evenings. During these few hours, the plants manage to absorb heat, reveal subtle aromas, their foliage dries up and the risk of waterlogging is reduced to nothing. If you place grass near buildings, then northern or partially eastern or western locations are suitable for them.
Take care of the soil
The ability to settle spices in shaded places also means the need for plants in slightly different growing conditions. Spicy herbs, which will receive less light, should grow in a looser and better soil. Nourishing, well-drained, well-permeable to both water and air, the soil will allow them to feel comfortable. A depleted or poorly developed soil is suitable only for selected unpretentious people, such as thyme or rosemary. But for the rest, try to create really favorable conditions and maximum access to nutrients in the soil.
You do not need to take care of direct herbs growing in shading, apart from restraining aggressiveness and cutting or harvesting leaves to improve the compactness of the bushes. They are not afraid of droughts, they feed only on poor soil in early spring.