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Easy-to-Grow Herbs for tea

Looking for easy-to-grow herbs for your herbal tea garden? Choose any of the tried-and-true favorites below. They're no-fuss plants that'll grow with almost no effort on your part!

anise hyssop

Butterfly on Anise Hyssop herb blossomAnise Hyssop in Full Flower

Type: Perennial

Light: Full sun to part shade

Soil: Average

Start From: Seeds, transplants

Average Height: 24-36 in. (61-91 cm.)

Grow in Containers: Yes

Parts Used for Tea: Petals, leaves

Scent/Flavor: Mild licorice 


bee balm

Type: Perennial

Light: Sun to part shade

Soil: Average

Start From: Seeds, Transplants

Average Height: 18-24 in. (46-61 cm)

Grow in Containers: Yes

Parts Used for Tea: Flowers, leaves

Scent/Flavor: Spicy, citrusy 

chamomile

Type: Annual, Perennial

Light: Sun to part shade

Soil: Average

Start From: Seeds, Transplants

Average Height: 6-24 in. (15-61 cm.)

Grow in Containers: Yes

Parts Used for Tea: Flowers

Scent/Flavor: Apple, hint of pineapple

How to Grow Chamomile

lavender

Type: Perennial

Light: Sun to part shade

Soil: Poor to average

Start From: Transplants

Average Height: 12-36 in. (30-91 cm.)

Grow in Containers: Yes

Parts Used for Tea: Flowers

Scent/Flavor: Floral with a spicy kick

lemon balm

Type: Annual, Perennial

Light: Sun to part shade

Soil: Average

Start From: Seeds, Transplants

Height: 12-18 in. (30-46 cm.)

Grow in Containers: Yes

Parts Used for Tea: Leaves

Scent/Flavor: Sweet, lightly lemon

lemongrass

Type: Tender perennial

Light: Sun to Part Shade

Soil: Average

Start From: Transplants

Height: 18-36 in.  (46-91 cm.)

Grow in Containers: Yes

Parts Used for Tea: Leaves, bulbs

Scent/Flavor: Complex citrus

lemon verbena

Type: Tender perennial

Light: Sun to part shade

Soil: Average

Start From: Transplants

Average Height: 18-36+ in. ( 46-91+ cm.)

Grow in Containers: Yes

Parts Used for Tea: Leaves

Scent/Flavor: Fruity, floral

mint

Type: Perennial

Light: Sun to part shade

Soil: Average to rich

Start From: Seeds, Transplants

Average Height: 6-12 in. (15-30 cm.)

Grow in Containers: Yes

Parts Used for Tea: Leaves, flowers

Scent/Flavor: Varies by variety

How to Grow Mint

rose hips

Type: Perennial

Light: Sun to Part Shade

Soil: Poor to average

Start From: Seeds, Transplants

Average Height: 18-36 in. (46-91 cm.)

Grow in Containers: No

Parts Used for Tea: Hips and petals

Flavor: Citrus, mildly tart

stevia

Type: Tender perennial

Light: Full sun 

Soil: Average

Start From: Transplants

Average Height: 18-24 in. (46-61 cm.)

Grow in Containers: Yes

Parts Used for Tea: Leaves

Flavor: Super-sweet!

 

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