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5 Must-Have Plants and Herbs You Can Grow in Your Tea Garden

Tea is a common drink, in the houses of millions across the world, as is even part of many cultural traditions. Many people even grow their own herbs to brew for herbal tea

And growing your own tea garden will allow you to brew your own herbal tea too. Listed below are five must-have plants and herbs you can grow in your own tea garden. We’ve also included well as how to plant and brew them! You can grow all of these plants in greenhouses, and some even indoors! 

A potted mint leaf plant

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1. Mint

Mint is an easy to care for and fast-growing plant. Perfect for your tea garden! It’s best you grow mint in average soil and after the last frost. 

Growing mint in pots is a great way to keep it from taking over your garden. Planting mint near barriers like sidewalks is also ideal for preventing mint plants from spreading.

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If you decide on using containers or pots, place the herbs 18 to 24 inches apart. Feed them regularly with water-soluble plant food, this will help promote excellent leaf production. 

Once these plants have been established, harvest them by pinching off the stems. Making sure you know how to grow mint is just step one. Then you can use it to make your tea.

For a quick and easy fresh mint tea, harvest some fresh leaves, slap them to release aromatics,  then tear them slightly. Then, let them boil in water for three to seven minutes.

Chamomile plant in a feild

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2. Chamomile

Chamomile is a herb that is known for its calming effects. This flower has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for different health conditions. It can also help to increase appetite as well as relieving indigestion.

German and Roman are its two popular varieties. German chamomile is ideal for small gardens or planters. Whilst the Roman ones make an excellent ground cover.

Chamomile grows both indoors and outdoors. It’s best to grow them in well-drained soil and a sunny spot. However, they can’t tolerate temperatures over 36 degrees celsius for too long!

To make chamomile tea, harvest the flowers and hang them to dry in bunches. Once the stems have dried out, take them off and store them in a sealed container. Then to brew them, prepare two teaspoons and then infuse them into hot water for five to ten minutes.

A lemin balm plant

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3. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is considered to be part of the mint family. This herb is used in traditional medicine as well as a sleeping aid and digestive tonic

It’s best to grow lemon balm in your garden from early spring until early summer. You can also start seedlings safely indoors late in the winter and then set them out in the springtime.

They grow best in rich, well-drained soil and full sun. However, just like mints, lemon balm tends to spread. Luckily, you can grow this herb in a pot or container to prevent it from scattering. Cutting back the flowering stems in the late summer will also do the trick.

To make a lemon balm tea, cut a few fresh leaves and add them to boiling water for two to five minutes.

Lavender plant

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4. Lavender

Lavender produces beautiful purple flowers that have relaxing properties.  Understandably, it’s one of the most common plants used as essential oils for aromatherapy. It’s known for its calming effects on the mind.

You can grow them indoors with pots or planters. However, if you want to grow them taller and have better air circulation, it’s best to sow them in your garden. Growing them outdoors can also help deter fungus. No downside!

It’s best to grow this plant in late summer or early autumn. You can harvest the stalks just as the flowers bloom and let them dry before storing them in a sealed container. 

To brew lavender tea, add four teaspoons of dried lavenders in boiling water for two to five minutes.

A single hibiscus plant

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5. Hibiscus

Hibiscus plants are known for their big, colourful flowers. Not only can its blossoms make a perfect decorative addition to your garden, but they can also be used for medicinal purposes

Just like with the other herbal teas, hibiscus is made from a mixture of dried hibiscus flowers, leaves, and dark red calyces. That’s the cup-shaped centres of the flowers. Hibiscus tea has a very tangy flavour and a rich red colour.

This tea can be used to help lower blood pressure, as well as for stomach upset, fever, cramps, and sore throat. Hibiscus tea is also rich in vitamin C, meaning it can help to improve your immune system as well! There are endless benefits and facts about hibiscus plants.

Now you’re all clued up on what plants and herbs can benefit you in your tea, all you have to do is get planting! Don’t forget to take a look at the incredible range of greenhouses we have to offer! 

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FAQ

There are endless possibilities when it comes to growing in a tea garden. Try:

  • Mint
  • Chamomile
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lavender
  • Hibiscus
  • Peppermint
  • Thyme

You can use either a section of your garden or even a greenhouse! Both work perfectly for a tea garden.

Make sure you remove any dead plants or leaves. Keep an eye out for any plant diseases as well. Water plants regularly and don’t overcrowd your them. 

At least twice weekly. This does however depend on the plant. Make sure you don’t drown your plants’ roots. Water them around 2 inches of water per plant.

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