Herbs That Grow Well in Ohio

Add herbs into vegetable gardens, put them in window boxes outside the kitchen for easy use, or use them in containers as a decoration. Aromatic in the garden and used as a seasoning in the kitchen, herbs add a rich, flavorful hue to many different foods, from Italian dishes to pot roast. Herbs that are able to grow in Ohio (which has USDA hardiness zones of 5 to 6) must be hardy in minimum temperatures of -20 degrees F.

Creeping Thyme

Creeping thyme, also known as Thymus praecox arcticus, originated in Europe. It is an evergreen groundcover herb that grows under a foot tall. The leaves are dark green and the flowers bloom in the summer. Plant it in average well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade. Creeping thyme is a fast grower and it tends to attract bees.


Chamomile, also known as Chamaemelum nobile, originated in Europe. Another evergreen groundcover herb, it will grow between 1 to 3 feet tall. The leaves are green and the yellow flowers will bloom in the spring. Planting instructions are for full or partial sun in sandy or loamy, well-drained soil. The soil should not be acidic and the plant is drought tolerant.

Garden Sage

Garden sage, also known as Salvia officinalis 'Icterina,' originated in Spain. This herb grows 1 to 3 feet tall with light green variegated foliage and summer blue flowers. The plant should be grown in full or partial sun and average, well-drained soil.


Rosemary is also known as Rosmarinus officinalis and originated in the Mediterranean. It grows 3 to 6 feet high in a shrub form. The leaves are evergreen and dark green. Flowers are blue and bloom from spring through summer. Plant a rosemary shrub in full sun with extra water in any soil type. It is wind resistant, salt tolerant and deer resistant but it does attract bees.

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