Plant These Herbs in Fall

Cilantro is one of many herbs that can be grown in fall.

Cilantro loves cool weather.

Fall is a prime time for planting the hardiest herbs that actually grow very well in areas with mild winters. You can put an assortment of your favorite cool-weather-loving fall herbs by the kitchen door—all in one container, if you like—for a pinch of each right at your fingertips. You can also plant pretty cilantro and parsley in existing flower beds or containers to serve as a green companion for pansies and other winter flowers.

Take a few minutes this fall to set out several herbs that like cool weather, including parsley (flat Italian or curled), sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, lavender, cilantro, and mint. Within a few weeks, you will be rewarded with the freshest flavors for autumn meals. A pot roast placed in a crock pot with a few sprigs of fresh thyme, a crushed clove of garlic, a can of tomato sauce, and a pint of mushrooms makes a delicious entrée that will be ready when you are. Search for more recipe ideas in our In the Kitchen section.


Karen Paran

Karen , You can go to your local Asian store and get lemon grass stalks from there. Just make to to grab some where there are some root parts, when you get home let it sit in a glass of water and where there is sunlight , it should develop roots and you can transplant them when they have adequate roots.


Never planted herbs before, till this spring, and wow,, they are something else… Easy,Easy Mints,thyme oregano,sage,and the basil went crazy,even in our oklahoma heat. Chickens seemed to love the basil so i had to fence it off after they pruned it up about 18 inches or more. I have a large garden and its great to be able to make REAL pasta sauce or salsa with the herbs. everybody should try these. Thanks Bonnie plants

Mary Beth

Hi Stanford,
This is WONDERFUL news! Thanks for sharing your success and excitement. If you aren’t already, join in the conversation on our Facebook page and share photos of your garden. We’d love to see you contribute. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants


Thank you so much for posting this. I am new to gardening and I was looking for information on cool weather plants.

Mary Beth

Hi Karen,
We do not currently carry lemon grass. You can find what we have on store shelves in your area by visiting stores found in this locator:
Good luck! Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

karen bateman

I have some oregano I’ve been growing since last summer as well as some tyme , plus I planted some basil . But the tyme is looking thin. Should I plant some more or will it start to pick up when the weather starts to cool down?????? I have been looking for some marjoram to plant for my box but can’t find any???>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Mary Beth

Hi Karen,
The thyme may be thinning out in intensely hot summer days with all-day direct sunlight. You might cut it back a little when the weather cools off and it will put out new, fresh growth. If you would like to know what stores in your area are currently carrying, use our store locator and call or visit the garden center nearest you. Thanks~ Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

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