We've mentioned how much we enjoy an herbal tisane on a summer evening, and we grow specific herbs just for this purpose. Sunset enjoys tisanes, too, and they have an article up right now with five recommended herbs for the tea garden.
Some of the herbs that they recommend are familiar: mint, for instance. Others, like the bee balm (my own plant is pictured above) are perhaps less familiar. We would add lemon balm and lemon verbena to their list, and also caution that some herbs aren't going to do well with boiling water (like they recommend). We find that more delicate herbs like those in the mint family (mint, lemon balm, bee balm) are better steeped in water just under boiling.
It's a good article though, and well-worth reading for the commentary on some less-well-known herbs for herbal tisanes.
• Read it! Five herbs for your tea plot at Sunset
(Images: Claire Curran/Sunset; Faith Durand)