Lavender is known as one of the most beautiful aromatic herbs in this world. Its scent is said to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. The scent attracts pollinators and beneficial insects such as hoverflies. Don't be alarmed! Hoverflies may look like yellow jackets, but they're just sweetheart pollinators. Lavender also repels mosquitos!


Rosemary has been used as an ancient symbol of remembrance, which is why it is often seen on graves. Centuries later, scientists discovered that rosemary can be used to prevent cognitive decline in dementia and Alzheimer's patients. We're not sure whether or not it is a pure coincidence that rosemary can enhance memory. It's a fun fact, though!

Sage (Salvia)

Sage prefers partially alkaline soil and a very good drainage system. This plant needs better drainage than the average crop and will not stand to have moist roots for long. That being said, it is drought tolerant, of course! Sage may grow better if you separate it in a raised bed due to its unique water requirements.


Lantana shrubs are pretty low maintenance. They like to live in slightly acidic, well-drained soil and don't require any fertilization. While it is uncommon for these plants to attract disease, any change in the leaf color may warrant a full inspection for pests.


This shrub loves the full sun with just a bit of afternoon shade. It has relatively small flowers, although it will still attract plenty of pollinators. The plant may be able to aid in indigestion and is sometimes used in anti-itch creams. Unfortunately, there are not enough studies on mugwort anti-itch cream to determine if it benefits the skin. It has also been used to enhance dreaming during sleep.

Rock Rose

Rock rose shrubs live in full sun - they are entirely drought tolerant and salt resistant. This plant is unique because the flowers will only bloom for a few hours in the summer. New flowers come in almost immediately after, though! There are more than 20 species of cistus flowers, including many hybrids. It is also common for this plant to be used for erosion control.

Mediterranean Spurge

This fast-growing shrub reaches 3-4 feet in height and width. It can work well in soil pH and even adapt to rocky soil and clay. This is not a picky plant! It will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden as well. Be cautious when trimming the spurge; the leaves and stem have a milk substance that can irritate your skin.

Shrubby Bindweed

Yet another stunning shrub that enjoys full sun and is drought tolerant. This plant has flowers that appear to look like white morning glories with a beautiful yellow center. The shrub will only grow 2 feet tall but can spread up to 4 feet across. It also has green leaves with tiny silver hairs, so don't be alarmed when you feel the fuzz. Lastly, the flowers will attract pollinators, especially butterflies.

Daphne Shrub

The Daphne Shrub grows much slower than the other plants featured in this post. Some Daphnes won't reach full maturity until they are ten years old! A very important note for this plant is that the berries are toxic. This is not a plant you'll want around toddlers who put everything in their mouths.

Crown of Thorns

The Crown of Thorns is part of the Euphorbia plant family [the same family the Mediterannean Spurge is in!] Sometimes this plant is referred to as the Christ thorn as well. The flowers will last all year when this plant is fully taken care of. Throughout the last few decades, scientists have successfully created hybrids of this plant that produce larger quantities of flowers.

Shrubby Hare's Ear

The Shrubby Hare's Ear thrives in full sun and produces a delightful scent. It can grow up to 8 feet tall, so be sure you are planting it in a spacious area. It does well on slopes, near river banks, and can grow up against fences. Oh, and not to mention, it can grow in the sand! The roots of this plant have often been used to treat coughs, fevers, and respiratory infections. Before harvesting roots and directly consuming them, it is advised to contact your doctor.