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How to Create an Herb Garden in the Shade

Holly Shimizu is the executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., and former managing director of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, near Richmond, Virginia. She contributed to the BBG handbook Gourmet Herbs (2001), served as editorial consultant on the Eyewitness handbook Herbs, and was a coauthor of The American Garden Guide Book on Herb Gardening. She was also one of the hosts of the television show Victory Garden and developed Holly Shimizu's Video Guide to Growing and Using Herbs.


  • Walter Schwager September 4, 2016

    Very informative article, but it would be much improved if each listing had the URL for an image of the plant discussed, or an image inserted in the text. Thank you!

  • BBG Staff October 15, 2015

    Most of the herbs described in this article prefer consistently moist soil, which is hard to maintain in a fabric container.

  • Marcus lidy October 13, 2015

    How many of these herbs can be grown in fabric containers?

  • BBG Staff May 30, 2014

    Nearly every plant nursery that sells plants online offers a print catalog for mail and phone orders. Here are a few suggestions:
    Cook’s Garden
    Richters Herbs
    Companion Plants

  • Nancy Pennock May 15, 2014

    I’m looking for sources for plants (and not all from internet since I am reluctant to order from them).

  • Constance Taagen April 20, 2011

    Excellent info…thank you, Holly.  I will give sweet cicely another try, but have not had luck here in Mequon, WI (Milw.)...have tried both sun and shade ... but surprisingly, it grew lushly for me south of Madison, WI in the SUN. Maybe I have bought poor plants??? Maybe I should plant it earlier??

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