How to Grow Southern Herbs


The Southern region of the United States is well known for its hot springs and scorching summers. Despite the excessive temperatures, many herbs can be cultivated in the heat and there are a number that can grow in the shade. Growing herbs is very beneficial. They can be used as air fresheners, for medicinal purposes and their most common use for cooking. Planting herbs in containers allows you the freedom of having fresh herbs year round since the containers can be kept virtually anywhere.

Step 1

Survey the area where the herb containers will be placed. Look for a spot that has partial sun during the day. Notice if a lot of shade is offered and consider picking out herbs that can specifically grow in these conditions. Choose some herb seeds or plants at a home and garden center. Read the descriptions of each seed packet or plant and select those that thrive in hot weather or solely in the shade.

Step 2

Prepare containers by punching out four holes in the bottom of each and filling two-thirds full with soil. Make a small hole in the soil to place the herb seeds. It should be 1/4 inch deep and the width of the seed in diameter. Insert 10 seeds per hole for maximum germination. Cover the hole with about an inch of soil; if the seeds are tiny then let them rest on top of the soil uncovered.

Step 3

Use the watering can to water the herb seeds and plants according to the directions on the seed packet or plant insert. This is usually one to every three days and just enough to moisten the soil. Monitor the seeds and plants to make sure they are getting enough moisture. Adjust the watering schedule if the soil seems to be drying out quickly.

Step 4

Transfer the seedlings into a larger container once the seedlings are 2 to 3 inches in height. Fill the larger container two-thirds full with soil. Use a trowel to gently scoop out the plant and place in the new container. Surround the transferred plant with soil until its roots are completely covered and the soil is 1 inch from the top of the container. Place similar plants together in containers according to growing needs. Water the plants after the transfer is completed.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't over-water herbs to compensate for higher temperatures. Make sure to read the instructions addressing appropriate water levels for the plant. Not all herbs need the same amounts of sunlight or water, so try to plant herbs that need similar requirements for an easier gardening experience.

Things You'll Need

  • Containers
  • Potting soil
  • Watering can
  • Trowel


  • University of Minnesota: Gardening in the Shade
  • The Garden Patio: Growing Herbs in Containers
  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society: Growing Herbs in Containers
Keywords: container grown herbs, Southern herb plants, shade herb gardening

About this Author

Since May 2009, Christina Delegans-Bunch has been pursuing her career as a professional writer. Her work has been published on eHow and GardenGuides. She holds a certification in floral designing and wedding consultation from Harcourt Extended Learning.