Help with a list of heat loving culinary herbs?

Some of y'all may remember my emergency bucket garden last year - 18, 3 gallon mop buckets full of potting soil. The soil is improved this year, since I grew peas in them last year. I think I'll go ahead and plant radishes leaf lettuce and spinach for a quick early spring crop. After that, I think I'll use them for culinary herbs since I can move them around for sun or bring them in when it is too cold or hot. So, I'm trying to compile a list of 18 herbs that would grow well in the pots and could benefit from getting more heat and sun than most of my yard has to offer. So far I'm thinking:

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (of course... though parsley and sage will want a cooler spot as summer comes in), basil, oregano, cilantro,... maybe chervil, lemon grass, mint.... tarragon, marjoram, savory... maybe dill, but that usually needs more space (or takes it).

What else can y'all suggest?



  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,537 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2021


    Terragon (some varieties)


    Great topic! And I love the bucket idea.

  • Lisa K
    Lisa K Posts: 1,916 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @judsoncarroll4 my basil and chervil do better in a shady area, as for sunny areas my cilantro definitely love the sun, so does my Lavender, fennel, cumin, caraway, dill, fenugreek, lovage and yarrow.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,633 admin

    Use plants with coloured leaves for variety. Purple Basil, Purple Perilla, variegated Sages, variegated Mints, Lemon Thyme, Bloody Sorrel (but it likes shade), Golden Oregano. Bright Lights Swiss Chard.

    Use plants with bright flowers for variety or edible flowers. Fruits Sages have beautiful flowers. Sages have long flower spikes. Rosemary has several shades of pink, lavender and blue. Hyssop has dark blue flowers. Nasturtiums (pretty & tasty flowers, spicy leaves, false capers and respiratory medicine). Calendula.

    Chives. Bunching Onions. Multipliers or Shallots.

    Tea plants. Anise-hyssop (or any of the Agastache species). Bee Balm. Lemon Balm. Mints. Catnip. Tulsi.

    I have grown zucchini in pots with success. Lots of flowers (for beauty or stuffing).

    Leaf celery (Par-cel). Savory (winter or summer). Stevia. Wormwood.

  • jowitt.europe
    jowitt.europe Posts: 1,452 admin

    Lovage, hyssop, coriander, beebalm (monarda), lemon verbena, lavender...

  • JodieDownUnder
    JodieDownUnder Posts: 1,483 admin

    @judsoncarroll4 many have been mentioned and this summer I had great success with lemon balm, nasturtium, sage, pineapple salvia, skullcap, tulsi, gotu kola to name a few.

  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Posts: 1,820 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Don't forget the okra -- the most heat and sun loving plant I know (other than cactus.)

  • Sharie
    Sharie Posts: 276 ✭✭✭

    Ground cherries are growing well for me in containers.

  • Lisa K
    Lisa K Posts: 1,916 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @judsoncarroll4 that is how I feel after I have look through seed catalogs or a trip to my local Nursery! 😃

  • Desiree
    Desiree Posts: 255 ✭✭✭

    Talk about a "bucket list"!

    Now I want to go get buckets going. I like the concept of being able to move them about as the seasons/sun/temperature changes.

    I have a "super" hot spot that nothing likes for too long once we hit high noon, not even me. (I think it may be too close to the house and the heat and light is reflecting back.) It is nice in the early and the later parts of the day though.

  • Cornelius
    Cornelius Posts: 872 ✭✭✭✭

    Hot peppers like ghost or Carolina reaper?

  • JennyT Upstate South Carolina
    JennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love all of these suggestions. I'll need to remember these for when we get in our new house.

    I had lavender, valerian, borage, chamomile, echinacea, and lovage in a very hot spot last year. And as long as I let the chickens dig around them, the borage especially, every so often so the bugs didn't get to them they did quite well.😊

  • SuperC
    SuperC Posts: 951 ✭✭✭✭

    Thyme and oregano love heat and sun and can grow great alongside or on top of rocks. They are ground covers and pop up healthy each year. Mmmmmm

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,537 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2021

    I plan to grow more in buckets this year, just because. Culinary herbs will make a great kitchen garden and I am trying to add more herbs in my meals so this is a good topic to get me going in the right direction.

  • Suburban Pioneer
    Suburban Pioneer Posts: 339 ✭✭✭

    I've got very hot, harsh sun and very well-drained, not terribly fertile sandy soil and have had good luck with chives and oregano. Just be aware that oregano easily becomes an invasive weed! On the plus side, there are many types, including Greek, Hot and Spicy, and Turkestan, as well as more ornamental varieties such as Herrenhausen and Hopley's Purple. The culinary oreganos each have their own flavor and, as a bonus, the bees are mad for all types of oregano. Since they use plant oils in their propolis, I would imagine that oregano helps keep them protected from various diseases just as it helps protect us. (Most of the bees' immune systems is actually located in the propolis, rather than in the bees' bodies themselves, unlike for us. But the oregano oil functions as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral via airborne vapor.) Winter savory can also really take the heat, and is often used to flavor beans. It has a good umami sort of taste and can be grown into a micro hedge if you like to keep things more on the designer side.

  • Suburban Pioneer
    Suburban Pioneer Posts: 339 ✭✭✭

    Forgot to mention calendula, too. Medicinal, pretty, and needs no care. Does spread like a weed, though, so don't let it go to seed!

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,457 admin

    Like many "weeds", you can get at least $5 an ounce for freshly dried calendula flowers. Freshness is key.

  • Lisa K
    Lisa K Posts: 1,916 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My lemongrass seems to like heat along with Summer Savory.

  • Tave
    Tave Posts: 952 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm hoping my calendula becomes a weed. It would be so cool actually to have enough.

  • Sharie
    Sharie Posts: 276 ✭✭✭

    Basil loves heat. It's one of the few things that grows without much attention here and it keeps the bees happy too. Lemongrass if you're in the right zone is also fabulous. I pretty much ignore mine unless I'm needing some for tea.

  • Suburban Pioneer
    Suburban Pioneer Posts: 339 ✭✭✭

    LOL! No, you don't, because it's a true garden bully! Believe me, if they like your place at all, you'll have "enough" in no time. And then MORE than enough! Not to discourage you from having any because it IS so ueseful, but be not afraid to discipline it. Believe me, you'll be glad you did 😉

  • Tave
    Tave Posts: 952 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Suburban Pioneer That's ok. I planted it on someone's property 😁

  • Suburban Pioneer
    Suburban Pioneer Posts: 339 ✭✭✭

    LOL! I hope they never find out who did that!

  • MissPatricia
    MissPatricia Posts: 318 ✭✭✭

    My rosemary, chives, garlic chives, and spearmint thrive in the hot afternoon sun. Zone 7b