Herbs To Plant In The Fall
Herbs are the perfect plants for anyone, especially beginners! Not only are they are easy to grow and maintain, but herbs are also a healthy alternative to add to your kitchen! They also have some fabulous health benefits. Follow along as I share ten of my favorite herbs to plant in the fall.
– Parsley is a biennial, meaning, its life span is two years. The first year it puts on foliar growth while the second year it flowers. Parsley’s hardiness zone is 4 through 9 but can also be planted as annual in cooler climates! It makes a great addition to soups, pastas, salads, sauces, and vegetables. Parsley prefers full-sun to part-sun and can be grown indoors in a sunny window!
– Chervil looks very similar to parsley but has a more frilly appearance which makes it a lovely addition to your fall containers. This plant is a biennial in zones 3 through 10 but often self-seeds. Chervil has a a very unique flavor tasting similar to parsley, fennel, and licorice combined. It brings a delicious taste to salads, cream sauces, meats, and egg dishes. Chervil can be difficult to find in stores so having it in your garden is very convenient! This plant performs best in part-sun and does well indoors with 4 hours of sunlight.
– Cilantro is an annual that is a prolific grower. This herb has a tendency to bolt in the spring, meaning, it begins to flower. Often times, when herbs begin to flower, the taste and consistency of the herb changes. Fall is the perfect time to prevent this since there are shorter, cooler days. Cilantro adds a delicious flavor to salads, salsas, pesto, sauces, dips, and dressings! Cilantro prefers well in full-sun to light shade.
– Sage is a perennial that performs well in full to part sun. It also does well in containers or inside if in a sunny window. In zones 4 through 10, sage is a hardy perennial while in warmer zones, it is generally grown as an annual since it can not tolerate hot summers. Sage has a very earthy flavor and can be used in sausage, stuffing, cured meats, and creamy pasta dishes!
– Thyme is a drought-tolerant perennial that does best in full sun. This herb is hardy in zones 5 through 9 and looks beautiful in the landscape, in a container, or indoors! Thyme adds an excellent flavor to vegetables, seafood, soups, stew, chicken, bread, and pasta. It gives of a magnificent aroma and is available in numerous varieties such as lemon, German, English, French, and more.
– Lavender is a perennial in zones 5 through 9. This herb performs best in full-sun with well-drained soil. Lavender smells amazing and has beautiful purple flowers in the late spring and early summer. It also makes a lovely accent in containers!
– Oregano is a perennial in zones 4 through 10 depending on the variety. This herb performs best in full-sun and can even be grown indoors. Oregano has an exquisite earthy and savory flavor that accentuates tomato-centric recipes such as pizza and pasta sauces!
- Lemon Balm
– Lemon balm is a perennial in zones 4 through 9 that does best in part-sun. Lemon-balm has an amazing lemony-mint smell. It is excellent for teas and a garnish for fruit salads. Lemon balm is also a good substitute for lemon peel in dishes such as soup, sauces, vinegars, and seafood. You can even try adding it to sugar cookies to give them a lemony flavor!
-Rosemary is a lovely perennial in zones 7 through 10 with some varieties performing well in cooler climates. This herb does best in full-sun but still performs well in part-sun. It looks stunning in the landscape and in containers alike. Rosemary adds an amazing flavor to potatoes, meats, soups, salads, stews, and casseroles.
– Chives are a perennial in zones 3 through 10 and do best in full to part sun. Chives have a mild oniony flavor that tastes great in soups, salads, dips, soft cheeses, and herbal butters! In the spring, chives show off their purple flowers which pollinators love!
I hope you try to plant some of these fabulous herbs in your fall garden and get to enjoy all of their benefits! Share your results and pictures with me!