How to Grow an Herbal Tea Garden

June 27, 2023

If you like to relax with a cup of herbal tea, it’s easy to grow an herbal tea garden in your yard or containers that includes lush and flavorful varieties you can dry and steep.

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Collage of herbs used to grow an herbal tea garden.

I think I’m finally done with our garden for this year.  Of course, I’ve said that about five times before and, each time, I’ve added more plants to our yard.  The last couple plants I added were herbs.  After including lemon balm in our herb garden, I got inspired to grow an herbal tea garden.

The plan was to have a variety of herbs that I could dry and use in my own homemade tea blends.  I even found empty tea bags that I could fill.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find some of the herbs on my tea making list and I also ran out of room in the yard.  So there’s always next year.

But for now, I have several plants that I could use to create some soothing and delicious tea blends.  I’m excited to dry the leaves as I prune each plant and enjoy a cup of herbal tea straight from my garden!

How to Grow an Herbal Tea Garden

So what am I growing that could make a delicious cup of herbal tea (also known as tisane)?  Two types of lavender, stevia, lemon balm, and pineapple mint.  I also have basil, rosemary, and thyme growing in our garden.  I’ve read they also make a nice cup of tea.  Especially when paired with citrus flavors like lemon or orange.  Definitely something to try!

There are plenty of herbs that would work well in herbal infusions.  Dry several stems and strip the leaves.  Then, steep in boiling water and enjoy!  If you’d like to grow your own herbal tea garden, here are some herbs that would work nicely in homemade blends.

Easy Herbs to Grow in Your Tea Garden

  1. Peppermint – a perennial that makes a soothing cup of mint tea.  Helps settle a tummy ache
  2. Stevia – a perennial that’s a fantastic sugar substitute!  Just use it sparingly.  It’s a lot sweeter than sugar.
  3. English Lavender – a perennial that’s one of my favorite calming herbs.  Adds a slightly sweet and floral flavor to herbal infusions and pairs well with mint.
  4. Lemon Balm – a perennial that’s in the mint family and good for container gardens.  Leaves smell bright and citrusy.
  5. Pineapple Mint, or Orange Mint, Apple Mint, or Strawberry Mint – Perennial plants that have slightly fruitier flavors than regular mint.  Fun in herbal teas and mocktails!
  6. Lemon Verbena – a perennial that smells and tastes similar to lemon balm.  Like mint, it’s also a tummy tamer.
  7. Chamomile – calming perennial with pretty white flowers.  The flowers make a nice tea to have at night to help you wind down.
  8. Basil – Not just a salad and pasta topper!  It pairs well with lemon flavors and the flowers can also be used to make tea.
  9. Thyme – a perennial that’s a good immune booster and helps soothe coughs.  Like basil, it pairs well with citrus flavors.
  10. Rosemary – a hardy herb with a slightly piney flavor.  It’s great with lemon.
  11. Pineapple Sage – smells like pineapple when the leaves are crushed.  The beautiful red flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds.
  12. Bee Balm – a perennial with a heavy scent and flavor.  A little goes a long way.  It’s a powerful herb that’s great for immunity, coughs, and stomach issues.

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Collage of herbs used to grow an herbal tea garden.

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