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Here is brief guide to the herbs which suit the three main light conditions. Most of the herbs will be happy in a sunny spot, but some will tolerate shade as well.

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Herbs that love an especially sunny, well drained spot 

  Thyme

Rosemary

All the culinary sages and ornamental salvias. 

Artemisia 

Lavender 

Pelargoniums

Myrtle 

Basil

Bay

Hyssop

All the culinary herbs on this list will have a far superior flavour when grown in a sunny spot. 

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Herbs that suit light shade

Angelica

All the Salad Plants 

Borage 

Chives 

Echinacea

Feverfew

Foxgloves

Golden Marjoram

Gold Curly Marjoram

Heartsease 

Jacob's Ladder 

Lovage 

Meadowsweet

Marsh Mallow

Musk Mallow 

Nasturtium

Self Heal 

Skull Cap 

St John's Wort 

Sweet Cicely 

Sweet Rocket

Tansy 

Valerian 

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Herbs that suit shade 

​Betony

Bronze Bugle

Comfrey

Horse Radish

Lemon Balm

Lungwort

All Mints

Sweet Woodruff

Solomon's Seal

Wild Garlic

Wild Strawberry

Wood anemone