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Herbs That Grow Well in Ohio

By T.M. Samuels ; Updated September 21, 2017
Herbs are aromatic and flavorful with many kitchen uses.
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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 tastes like licorice.
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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 is used in many teas
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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

Sage flavors many pot roasts throughout the country.
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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 has a pine-like aroma.
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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.


About the Author


T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.