herbs die over winter
Since I am a new gardener please expect some possibly silly questions. Well I just planted a mini herb garden in some large pots on my front porch. Last time I had herbs at my apartment and my porch had hardly any light so most of them died. I am hoping this works out better. My question is, since these are large post I won't be bringing them in this fall. When they die off...will they come back again next spring? I mean, I think they will but part of me is just scared they will die forever. I have some basil, dill, parsley, nasturtium, chives and one other I can't remember off the top of my head. Edited to add: I forgot to say we are in MD, zone 6-7 So in the spring I can wait and see what comes up and then reseed anything that doesn't? With 2 cats, 2 ferrets and what will be an almost toddler by next winter I don't think I will be able to bring them in. But I can probably put the pots on my rear porch so they don't get burried in snow. And, what is generally the different between annuals, perrenials, etc. I have a vague idea but nothing concrete. Once I get my gardens going I would like things that go in the ground, get watered only in the really dry times, stay in the ground through fall and winter and then grow again the next year. I don't have the energy to put into something I have to dig up, re-plant, etc every year. I am more than open for suggestions. Oh and I am looking for a ground cover that really likes shade (lots of mature trees on our lot) but won't take over too badly.