So herbs overwinter in the garden and in the house

Most herbs survive the winter in our latitudes outdoors without any problems. Even sub-zero temperatures won’t hurt them. In particularly rough locations, however, some Mediterranean immigrants are happy about light winter protection measures.

Winter protection for sensitive herbs

Curry cabbage, tarragon and some thyme and sage species are best covered with an insulating layer of straw or leaves and spruce twigs to protect them from frost and especially from the winter sun.

herbs in the house winter properly

Exotics and a few cold-sensitive southerners, on the other hand, must be admitted before the first frosts. These include rosemary, lemon verbena, bay laurel, scented geraniums, various types of fruit sage, basil and pronounced tropical children such as ginger or turmeric. Most of them spend the winter best in bright, cool rooms (for example in the winter garden, in the staircase or in bright cellars) and are cast very sparingly during this time. Tropical inhabitants, on the other hand, can stay warm all year round.


Evergreen half shrubs such as sage, thyme, hyssop or rue can also be harvested in winter – the frost does not detract from the aroma. Other herbs can be cultivated on the windowsill.