We often associate herbs with sunshine, and its 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 get's limited sun there are some good culinary Herbs which will grow well.
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. There are herbs which are more suited to shade reviewed below.
Detailed advice on growing herbs including Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Basil, and growing herbs in containers.