Grow Your Own Tea

Create a tea garden with these fragrant—and flavorful—herbs

You might brew a cup of tea in the morning for a quick pick-me-up, use an herbal blend to ease digestive upset, or wind down with a steaming mug before bed. Instead of reaching into the cupboard for a supermarket teabag, head out to the garden and clip fresh herbs such as chamomile, lemon balm, basil, and peppermint. Steep them in boiling water for a truly local brew. Planting a tea garden provides instant access to fresh, flavorful herbs and allows you to get creative, mixing different plantings to create one-of-a-kind blends. “Fresh herbs make stronger and more effective teas,” notes Cristin Gregory, a certified herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, and owner of Wellbeing Natural Health in Cornelius. “How great would it be to walk out into your backyard and have a garden filled with herbs that could be made into teas?”


Click below to learn more about seven popular plants for brewing tea, growing tips, and four tea recipes.