You’d be surprised how many fall herbs there are. If you want fresh, tasty herbs in your kitchen, you need to plant them in autumn. To harvest fresh herbs for your meals, you can plant them near your kitchen door or in your kitchen garden. If you don’t have outdoor space, most of these herbs can also be grown indoors in pots.
What you can grow in your fall garden depends on your growing zone. Lynchburg and the surrounding areas are in growing zone 7a. If you’re not sure what your growing zone is, the USDA has an interactive map that you can use to check.
A member of the mint family, rosemary is an easy to grow fall herb with great culinary and ornamental value. This versatile herb is sturdy enough to protect itself against icy temperatures.
Oil from its leaves can be used to treat poor memory, migraines, digestive issues and many other ailments. It is also excellent for an indoor garden, if you have a sunny spot. It can grow in partial shade, but prefers full sun.
Chives also come on the list of fall season-loving plants as they are very drought tolerant. They are possibly one of the most reliable and easiest perennial herbs to grow. They can be easily dug up and divided to be re-planted and shared.
Sharp, purple-hued, onion flavored foliage is a wonderful addition to an herb garden. 1-foot tall chives are also perfect for containers.
Low-growing, drought-tolerant perennial thyme is perfect for fall. Thyme is an evergreen shrub with tiny leaves, flowers that pack full flavor and fragrances perfect for the edge of an herb garden. It is an easy and practical herb to grow.
Highly aromatic, it is a perfect component of Bouquet Garni and can be used as seasoning for sauces, meat dishes and soups. Because of its size (12 to 15 inches tall), this plant is well-suited for containers.
If you like the aromatic flavor of Mexican, Caribbean or Asian cuisine, you will like cilantro. It is highly popular for delicacies due to its aromatic leaves and flavorful seeds. It is a cold-loving and frost-tolerant herb and is perfect to grow in the fall in mild climate.
This herb is usually started in early spring before the last frost of the year. These plants can even tolerate a light dusting of snow, so they handle fall and even winter gardens well in milder climates. In most of Virginia, this plant will need to be indoors during late winter, but can tolerate most of the season.
With its aromatic flavor, Flat Italian Parsley is popular in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. It is easy to grow in the fall. Parsley’s flat, green leaves are high in iron as well as vitamins A, C, and E.
In addition, the herb is frost-tolerant, making it perfect for autumn. However, when you’re growing herbs like cilantro and parsley, make sure they get full sun. Parsley also needs well drained soil.
There are many herbs that can be planted in the fall, but these are some of the easiest to grow. They’re also fairly common so you can get them at many garden centers – including Rustic View!