Although herbs have the reputation of being sun lovers, there are many that like a partial shade garden and some that are happy in a shade garden that has very little sun. Herb gardens are very beautiful and practical, and the applications of herbs are many and varied. They can be grown for medicinal uses, cosmetic uses, household uses, for crafts and for culinary uses.
I would like to introduce you to a few of my favorites. Peppermint (mentha x piperata) is a culinary herb, cosmetic herb, craft herb and tea herb as well as a medicinal herb.
My peppermint is growing in almost full shade and is very happy. It will also grow in partial shade. Peppermint is used for skin and hair care. It makes a delicious tea, and is good for the digestive system. I add the leaves to other drinks as well.
Lemonade with peppermint leaves added is one of my favorites. Mints are digestive aids and reduce flatulence. An infusion of peppermint is good as a facial steam for cleansing the skin, and is also used as a rinse for oily hair. Peppermint has so many good properties, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and antiviral. It also stimulates the liver and gallbladder increasing the flow of bile. There are many other mints that you may want to consider growing as well.
Types of Mints for the Shade Garden
Ginger mint (mentha x gentilis)
Eau de Cologne Mint (mentha x piperata var.citrata ) has thin smooth leaves and purple runners with purplish flowers. In full sun it develops a strong eau-de-cologne scent and the whole plant is tinged purple. In shade the color is more of a copper color. It is used in potpourri and to make a honey-sweetened drink. The flavor is not good for mint sauce.
Spearmint (mentha spicata ) is popular for making a mint sauce and is the most generally cultivated of the culinary mints. It is used to flavor vinegars, vegetables and desserts. Spearmint makes a wonderful tea.
Applemint (x rotundifolia) and (mentha suaveolens) is also known as round-leaved mint. It has wrinkled leaves and is used for mint sauces, flavoring vinegars, vegetables and desserts. Applemint teas are popular drinks.
Pineapple Mint (mentha variegata ) is also known as Variegated Apple Mint. Its leaves are splashed with a creamy white color.
Bowles’ Mint (mentha x villosa var. alopecuroides) tolerates dry soil somewhat and is said to make a very good mint sauce.
Horse Mint (mentha longifolia) has grayish and hairy leaves and has a somewhat musty smell. It is not recommended for culinary use.
I would like to invite you to visit http://www.naturalherbsandessentialoils.com to discover more about growing a shade garden, which shade herbs to grow and the various purposes for the many shade herbs.
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