As you know, we recently moved into a piece of land out in the beautiful Canadian Maritimes. There were lots of existing plants here, but no herbs! I’ve been dreaming of the day when I would have the space to plant an extensive herbal tea garden to make herbal teas. This year I’m excited to be starting seeds and keeping in mind what they will be used for when they are harvested.
Here are the herbs I will be planting in my tea garden!
Chamomile is a go-to in my garden for it’s calming and sleep-inducing properties. But it also has a really beautiful small white flower with a cute little yellow center that looks nice in the garden.
A whole field of chamomile would be an amazing sight!
Echinacea, or purple coneflower, is a must-have in an herbal tea garden. It is said to help support the immune system. We add it to our teas from October to May.
It has beautiful large purple flower petals with large centers that can sort of weigh the flower down a little. It takes some time to establish and multiply but is a hardy plant once established.
Lemon balm is another plant that is great at supporting the immune system. The plant grows well in many different areas and soil types which makes it hard to mess up growing this gem!
As the name suggests it has a mild lemony flavour if brewed from fresh leaves. Fresh lemon balm and peppermint are a great summer combo and can be served cold over ice for a special treat!
You sort of have to be careful about plants in the mint family since they have the tendency to take over vast areas and become invasive. I have the perfect spot for my peppermint in a small raised garden next to the house. This way it won’t crowd out anything else around it!
I like having peppermint on hand because it can ease a sore stomach and tastes refreshing. It’s a favourite among the kids!
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is a plant that is touted to help improve moods. And why wouldn’t it?! It has the most beautiful small yellow flowers with long and numerous stamen that come up from the centers.
It can grow quite large so I’m going to put this one in a spot where it can expand and take over a little bit! St. John’s Wort might not be one that everyone would think of adding to their herbal tea garden but it’s one you should consider!
Rose hips are an excellent source of plant-based Vitamin C which is essential for good immune function! Rose hips get added to our tea from October to May in our house! There are wild patches growing in many places but I haven’t seen any close by so I want to plant my own patch.
Stinging nettle, or nettles, is a fast growing bush that has medium green leaves. They have sharp needle-like hairs on the underside of their leaves and on their stems. They “sting” you when you touch the plant to defend themselves.
The spots where they touch your skin can create blisters that are very uncomfortable! Wear long-sleeved shirts and gloves when harvesting! Washing nettles deactivates these stingers.
I was surprised that I haven’t found any naturally growing on our property. But this plant is easy to start and will establish a good patch in no time!
I use these herbs in teas on a regular basis so I can’t wait to have some at my doorstep! There are many other herbs I use in tea but these are the ones I’ve chosen to grow based on my growing zone.
What herbs do you like to use in your tea? Do you already have a thriving herbal tea garden?