We often associate herbs with sunshine, and it is true that many of the Mediterranean herbs such as Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano will grow best in sun. If your garden is short of sun or you have a balcony which only has the benefit of limited sun, there are some good culinary Herbs which will grow well, and in fact grow better, in semishade.
You can grow most herbs in partial shade, but some will do less well because they are really sun loving. If grown in partial shade, the Mediterranean herbs will require very good drainage. A shady area of the garden can become quite cold and damp in the winter, which are not ideal conditions to overwinter herbs. Adding matter to the soil will help, such as leaf mould, composted bark, horticultural sand or grit which will all improve the drainage.
Check out growing information 12 of the most popular sun lovely herbs.
The herbs below are more suited to shade.