25 ideal plants for a tea garden
Options are almost limitless with so many flavoured varieties now available. Harvest these herbs frequently as mint can become aggressive in the garden. Here are some of our tea making favourites.
( Mentha x piperita). Peppermint has a robust flavour that is wonderful for making teas to calm upset stomachs, aid in digestion or help relieve a headache.
( Mentha piperita ‘Citrata’). This mint has a strong citrus aroma and flavour. Spicier than many other varieties it makes an excellent tea.
( Mentha spicata for iced teas, drinks and desserts.
( Mentha suaveolens). Apple mint has a less intense flavour and smells lightly of apples.
( Mentha suaveolens ‘Variegata’). A light fruity scent, this is excellent for iced teas.
( Mentha piperita ‘Chocolate’). This mint has a flavour similar to peppermint patties with a cocoa scent. It makes wonderful iced teas.
( Mentha spicata). Spearmint contains much less menthol than other mint varieties. It's great for digestion. ( monarda didyma). This member of the mint family is also known as bergamot. It is the source of Earl Grey’s unique flavour, a mix of citrus and spice. Use the younger leaves and flowers for tea.
( Nepeta cataria). Another member of the mint family, these fuzzy scallop-shaped leaves have a lemon-mint flavour. If you have a cat, be cautious when drying it, and be ready to share.
Peppermint Orange mint Strawberry mint Apple mint Pineapple mint Chocolate mint Spearmint Bee balm Catnip
( Melissa officinalis). This mint family member has scalloped lemon scented leaves that are divine in evening teas. Lemon balm is best brewed fresh.