99 episodes

The podcast for people who love plants—but not always the same ones.

Brought to you by the editors of Fine Gardening, this fun, informative podcast tackles all things topical in gardening. You’ll listen to the insights (and arguments) of Editor-in-Chief Steve Aitken and Senior Editor Danielle Sherry as they discuss various horticultural subjects on a deeper level. You will also hear from today’s leading horticultural minds who will offer their wisdom and opinions about what you might want to grow in your garden. We guarantee you’ll be entertained and feel like a better gardener.

Let's Argue About Plants Fine Gardening Magazine

    • Leisure
    • 4.5 • 322 Ratings

The podcast for people who love plants—but not always the same ones.

Brought to you by the editors of Fine Gardening, this fun, informative podcast tackles all things topical in gardening. You’ll listen to the insights (and arguments) of Editor-in-Chief Steve Aitken and Senior Editor Danielle Sherry as they discuss various horticultural subjects on a deeper level. You will also hear from today’s leading horticultural minds who will offer their wisdom and opinions about what you might want to grow in your garden. We guarantee you’ll be entertained and feel like a better gardener.

    Episode 116: Plants We Should Like, but Don’t

    Episode 116: Plants We Should Like, but Don’t

    They’re tough, they’re hardy, they thrive in almost any location. So, why don’t we love them? Give this episode a listen to hear about plants that have a ton of good attributes, but just can’t bring ourselves to draw a heart around them. It’s easy to ask gardeners what plants they hate—we all have long lists of inferior perennials, trees, and shrubs that are weak or have unruly habits making them deserving of our ire. But, what about those plants that haven’t done anything to get themselves “do not buy list?” Turns out Carol and Danielle aren’t the only ones with these complicated feelings, today’s expert has similar thoughts.
     
    Expert testimony:
    Andy Pulte is a faculty member of the plant sciences department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
     
    Danielle’s Plants
    'Peachie's Pick' Stokes’ aster (Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick', Zones 5-9)
    ‘Persian Ruby’ daylily (Hemerocallis 'Persian Ruby', Zones 3-9)
    Veronica (Veronica spicata and cvs., Zones 3-8)
    Blue rug juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Wiltonii', Zones 3-9)
     
    Carol’s Plants
    ‘Aurea’ catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides, Zones 5-9)
    Hostas (Hosta spp. and cvs.,  Zones 3–8)
    Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium, Zones 3-9)
    Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa, Zones 3-8)
     
    Expert’s Plants
    Daylily (Hemerocallis spp. and cvs., Zones 3-9)
    Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus and cvs., Zones 5-8)
    Shasta daisy (and cvs., Zones 5-8)

    • 52 min
    Episode 115: Underrated Herbs

    Episode 115: Underrated Herbs

    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 a mix of herbs grown for ornamental and edible purposes and some that can be put firmly in both those 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.

    • 51 min
    Episode 114: Drought Tolerant Woodies

    Episode 114: Drought Tolerant Woodies

    According to NASA Earth Observatory, one-third of the United States experienced some level of drought in 2020 and 2021 was much the same. This pattern of extended dry weather is sadly becoming more and more of the norm. We recently did a feature in Fine Gardening magazine highlighting a series of drought tolerant woody plants from around the country in our regional pages and that got Carol and Danielle thinking about which trees and shrubs are their favorite water-wise selections. Listen to today’s episode for ideas on these backbone plants that won’t require much, if any, intervention from the hose.
    Special guest: Amy Galloway is a horticulturist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

    • 45 min
    Episode: 113 Big and Bold Plants

    Episode: 113 Big and Bold Plants

    The original title of this episode was, Big and Bold Plants for the Back of the Border. But between the length and the tongue-twister alliteration, we shorted it a bit for promotional purposes. However, on today’s program you’ll hear all about plants that really stand out in the last row of the garden choir. These perennials and shrubs are tall, yes. But they have so much more going for them than simply their towering presence. The featured plants offer a grounding and bold backdrop for your garden beds, but don’t flop all over the place. Some have excellent texture, others bodacious blooms, and a few even provide that beefiness during all four seasons. If you’re looking for something to enhance—not just fill in—the back of the border, give this episode a listen.
    Special guest: Courtney Olander, landscape designer from Seattle, Washington.

    • 49 min
    Episode 112: Best Cutting Garden Flowers

    Episode 112: Best Cutting Garden Flowers

    When late May and June hits, we can’t help wandering out into the garden with a pair of shears in hand. Bringing fresh flowers into the house seems like a seasonal rite of passage for most gardeners (at least those that don’t have allergies). But it can be a hard to cut those precious blooms and take them away from the landscape. That’s why today we’re talking about plants (perennials, annuals, and even shrubs) that we grow specifically for their flower-power. These options provide plenty of blooms for the garden AND the vase, and that’s why they’re our favorites. We span the color spectrum as well, with recommendations for every hue imaginable. And, we even have several selections that are deliciously fragrant. If you’re looking to add some cutting garden oomph to your beds and borders, give this episode a listen.   Special guest: Christine  Alexander, digital content editor for Fine Gardening.com

    • 53 min
    Episode 111: Weed Suppressing Ground Covers

    Episode 111: Weed Suppressing Ground Covers

    Is there anything ground covers can’t do? They are useful in problem areas like steep slopes, under trees and shrubs, and in spaces that need erosion control. They also reduce maintenance by enveloping areas that would ordinarily need a boatload of mulch to keep weeds at bay. Now, not all ground covers play nice. Some species will not only cover bare ground, but they will choke out neighboring plants. But that’s not the plants we’re talking about today. We’re focusing on ground covers that will spread out thickly, but politely, and smother out any potential weeds in the process. We discuss options for sun, shade, and even drought tolerant selections for those truly hellish spots. And in case you think we’re too East Coast centric, today’s expert calls in from California to offer up some plants that thrive in the Western half of the country.
    Expert testimony: Fionuala Campion is the owner and manager of Cottage Gardens of Petaluma in Petaluma, California.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
322 Ratings

322 Ratings

actually-karen ,

Even when

Even when I don’t think I’m going to be interested in a particular topic… I ALWAYS hear a new tip and enjoy the podcast! I like the hosts of course but also appreciate the guests and short contributions by the experts.

Mauz55 ,

What happened to Steve? Bad Form

I still enjoy the podcast (guiltily). When you dump a guy, you should probably at least acknowledge his contributions on his last show.

mauimc ,

No argument best plant podcast !

I’ve been looking and finally found a great podcast. They seem friendly, happy and are incredibly amazing about sharing their knowledge. It’s like having brilliant plans friends over for a glass of wine.

Top Podcasts In Leisure

Critical Role
NPR
Clutterbug™
Si Robertson & Justin Martin
Trash Taste Podcast
Lisa Bass

You Might Also Like

Margaret Roach
Unknown
Joe Lamp'l
Kevin Espiritu | Urban Gardener, Hydroponics Enthusiast, Plant Lover
Gardening with Gardenerd.com
Backyard Gardens TV