Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 115: Underrated Herbs

Video by Danielle Sherry and Carol Collins. Edited by Kara Demos.

We all know and love parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. And then there’s sweet basil, which is perhaps the queen of all the herbs. But what about those herbs that are just as tasty—or attractive—but don’t get the same accolades? For those unsung heroes of the herb garden, we put together this episode. You’ll hear about a deliciously spicy lemon basil, an elegant edible flower with brilliant orange blooms, and a marigold that resembles a mint. There are herbs grown for ornamental or edible purposes as well as some that can be put firmly in both categories. Looking to spice up your garden with something a bit out of the ordinary? Then give this latest episode a listen.

Expert testimony: Sue Goetz, author of A Taste for Herbs and Complete Container Herb Gardening, is a garden designer and garden coach based in Washington state.

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Danielle’s Plants

Platinum Blonde™ English lavender

Platinum Blonde™ English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Momparler, Zones 6–9)

Salad burnet

Salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor, Zones 4–8)

‘Sweet Dani’ lemon basil

‘Sweet Dani’ lemon basil (Ocimum basilicum ‘Sweet Dani’, annual)


Lovage (Levisticum officinale, Zones 4–8)


Carol’s Plants

Egyptian walking onion buds
Egyptian walking onion buds
Egyptian walking onion flowers
Egyptian walking onion flowers

Egyptian walking onion (Allium cepa var. proliferum, Zones 3–9)

‘Kentucky Colonel’ spearmint

‘Kentucky Colonel’ spearmint (Mentha spicata ‘Kentucky Colonel’, Zones 5–9)

Mexican mint marigold

Mexican mint marigold (Tagetes lucida, Zones 8–11)

Lemon-scented geranium

Lemon-scented geranium (Pelargonium crispum, Zones 10–11)


Expert’s Plants

‘Lemon Fizz’ santolina

‘Lemon Fizz’ santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Lemon Fizz’, Zones 5–9)

Winter savory

Winter savory (Satureja hortensis, Zones 5–11)


Calendula (Calendula officinalis, Zones 9–11)


Shiso (Perilla frutescens, annual)

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