Weekend Gardener

Blog based on my best-selling ebook "The Weekend Gardener"- The Busy Persons' Guide To A Beautiful Backyard Garden by Victor K. Pryles

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Home Grown Herb Tea

Nothing fancy or difficult and good advice for anyone living in zone 6 with plenty of sunshine around.

A good herb for tea that should grow well in your Weekend Garden include chamomile (leaves and flowers), fennel (leaves and seeds), hyssop (leaves and flowers). And for their leaves, you could grow bergamot, aka bee balm (Monarda didyma), betony (Stachys officinalis), lemon balm, applemint, peppermint, spearmint, and sage. All are hardy at least to zone 5.

Lemon verbena and scented-leaf geraniums should also thrive there in the summer, though they are not frost hardy.

And don't forget rose hips, rasberry and blackberry leaves, and the flowers of elderberries and linden tress (Tilia spp.) Though not usually grown in vefetable gardens, they too are valuable additions to the homegrown tea lover's pantry.