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●● PROTECTING herbs WATERLOGGING actually kills more herbs over the winter than cold, so if you have pots of containergrown herbs, including oregano, thyme, sage and rosemary, move them to a sheltered position against a wall or the side of the house or garage, which will reduce the amount of rainfall hitting the pot by around 25 per cent.
There are some herbs you just can’t grow outdoors in winter, such as basil, but the perennials will be fine although they may not put on sufficient growth for you to use during the cooler months.
If you want new growth to keep coming on hardy herbs, keep pots in a cold frame so that they put on at least some new growth during the winter months.
Trim evergreen herbs back into the shape of a dome, to protect them from windrock and stop branches breaking under the weight of snow, but don’t cut them back too far or deep cuts may not heal. Cover containergrown olives and bay trees with horticultural fleece or bubble wrap to protect them from hard frost.