How to Grow Your Own Tea Garden

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How to Start a Tea Garden

How to Grow Your Own Tea Garden will show you how easy it is to have the ingredients for your favorite teas just outside your door. Who knew it would be so easy?

“Tea makes everything better.”- Bindi Irwin

Not only will growing your herbal and floral teas save you money, but most of the plants will make your yard even more beautiful.

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Your garden will transform into a place that will end up nourishing your soul and hydrating your body.

Here’s how to How to Grow Your Own Tea Garden:

1) Chamomile.

We all know that chamomile tea helps us sleep at night, but did you also know it helps relieve stress?

It boosts immunity, eases cold symptoms, and soothes stomach aches. The flowers are gorgeous, so they add loveliness to any garden.

Chamomile is a perennial and can be grown from an established plant or by seed. It is an easy herb to grow and can be grown in part shade or full sun, preferring cool conditions.

It likes dry soil and doesn’t require much care. USDA Plant Hardiness zones 3-9.

The flowers are what you use to make your own tea. 

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2) Mint.

Who doesn’t love mint tea? There are so many different flavors of mint; the problem will be deciding what kind to plant. Peppermint, spearmint, apple mint, chocolate peppermint, or even Moroccan mint are just a few of the types of plants to pick from.

Don’t forget to keep mint contained, once planted it tends to take over the garden. I like to keep my mint in large ceramic pots. Mint is a perennial and is relatively easy to grow.

They do well in both shade and sun, with soil that has good drainage. Minimal care is needed to grow this amazing herb. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3-11 depending on what type of mint you grow.

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3) Rose.

The taste and aroma of rose tea are heavenly. Rose leaves, buds, petals, and rose hips can all be used in making tea.

Most roses are edible, but there are some that are better suited for use in food and drink. You obviously wouldn’t want to add pesticides to your roses, so make sure you only use organic gardening methods.

When choosing which roses to grow, pick ones that have a pleasing scent. Old-fashioned fragrant heirloom roses work well. Yellow and pink roses usually have the most flavor and fragrance. Make sure you cut off the white part of the petal before using, it can cause a bitter taste.

Most roses need at least six hours of sun every day, so picking the right spot to plant them is important. Make sure they’re in well-draining soil and add 2-3 inches of organic mulch around the plants. Check regularly for disease or insects and prune regularly.

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4) Elderberries.

Elderberry trees produce both edible flowers and delicious fruits. The berries contain more vitamin C than oranges and are used to help boost the immune system.

Native to North America, elderberry trees can be found growing wild. The American Elderberry can grow up to 12 feet tall and wide. The plants start producing berries when they are two to three years old.

They love moist, well-drained soil and plenty of sunshine.

If you can’t use all the elderberries produced by your tree, don’t worry they’re a favorite food of birds so they will never go to waste.

Always make sure you cook elderberries, uncooked elderberries can cause a toxic build-up of cyanide if you eat too many.  

How to Create Your Own Tea Garden

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5) Milk thistle.

Sometimes what one considers a weed, another person looks at it much differently. Milk thistle is a herb that has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. It’s also filled with antioxidants.

Please note that milk thistle can be quite invasive, so make sure you plant it in a contained environment like pots. It likes sunny or lightly shaded areas.

Make sure its okay to grow milk thistle in your state. In some states, its considered a noxious weed and it is illegal to buy or sell plants.  You can find Milk Thistle seeds here on Amazon.  

How to Create Your Own Tea Garden

6) Lavender.

I love anything lavender. Lavender tea is simply divine.  It also reduces anxiety and stress and helps with insomnia.

The plants need at least six hours a day and like a well-drained soil or raised beds.  Don’t over water and make sure they have good air flow around the plants.

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7) Lemon balm.

Aiding with both insomnia and anxiety, lemon balm is a tea that will make you happy camper.

Part of the mint family, lemon balm looks like mint but smells like lemons.

Plant lemon balm in well-drained soil where it will have some shade in the day. It can be invasive, so make sure to remove the flowers as soon as they appear to control growth. (Most mint expand by their roots, lemon balm spreads throughout the garden with their seeds.)

It does best in full-sun, but also grows in part shade. It’s an easy herb to grow. 

Herbal Tea Gardens says to make sure and pick the leaves early in the day and without set flower beds.  

8) Ginger.  

Ginger tea is so good for you.   It helps reduce inflammation, improves blood circulation, relieves nausea and helps relieve stress.

Growing ginger root sounds like it would be hard, but with a couple of tips, its pretty easy.  It loves filtered sunlight, a rich moist soil, warm weather, and humidity.

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9) Raspberry Leaf. 

Raspberry leaf tea boosts the immune system, increases metabolism, helps regulate hormones, helps ease the symptoms of colds and flu and helps with inflammation.  This tea is simply made from the leaves of raspberries by drying and crushing the leaves.

Make sure you pick the right plant type for your region.  Raspberries love a good trellising system, love a good deep rich soil that drains well and has a PH soil of 6.0.

10) Dandelion 

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Who knew that dandelions would end up being something we would want to grow?

These amazing plants pack a powerful nutritional punch.  They are said to help stimulate the gallbladder and liver.  It also helps reduce water weight.  

They grow in sun, partial sun and shade.  The leaves and root are used in the tea.  

Make sure you gather the leaves when they are tender and young. The older leaves can be more bitter.  

11) Echinacea

Echinacea Tea Echinacea is said to assist in helping the immune system.  It may also reduce cold and flu symptoms.  

It is a perennial plant, so it will keep on giving it’s health benefits year after year.

You use the root from plants that are two or three years old.   

12) Strawberry leaf

Strawberry Leaf Tea

Strawberries should be one of your first things to plant.  Not only can you enjoy the delicious fruit from the plant, but you use the strawberry leaves in your tea.  

The plant is a perennial and prefers to grow in full sun.  The leaves are said to help joint pain.

13) Hibiscus Flower tea

How to Grow Your Own Tea Garden Not only does Hibiscus flowers make an amazing tea, they add such a pop of color to your garden.  Gorgeous large red blooms will add beauty and elegance to any yard.  

They love full sun and a well-drained soil and can be grown in containers as well.

Heidi over at Healing Harvest Homestead gives you a recipe for Hibiscus Mint Herbal Tea here. 

Tips for making your own tea at home:

1) Make sure you harvest your herbs before they flower. If you wait too long, they may turn bitter or lose their flavor.

2) Cut herbs mid-morning. You want to make sure the morning dew has dried from the leaves.

3) The best way to dry herbs is to air dry them. By using this slow method, you keep the oils in-tact. Tie small bunches of herbs upside down for a week or two, depending on your drying conditions. Drying is complete when the stems break easily, and the leaves crumble when crushed. Store herbs in airtight containers and label them. Keep them away from the sun and store them in a dry area. They usually keep for a year. You can also use a dehydrator to dry your herbs.  I love my Excalibur dehydrator, you can find one here. 

4) Natural unbleached 100 count tea bags are found here.

If you’re a tea enthusiast and a homesteader or gardener interested in growing your tea, Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting and Blending Teas and Tisanes by Cassie Liversidge. It has beautiful illustrations for each type of tea, along with instructions on how to harvest, dry and make each one featured. Click here to read reviews and buy it on Amazon now.

We’ve reached the end of How to Grow Your Own Tea Garden.  I hope you enjoyed it.

Let me know in the comments below what you like to grow in the garden to be used in tea.  Pin this post to refer back to again and again.

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Here’s a Few Resources on Creating Your Own Tea Blends: 

Wellness Mama 

Eating Well 

The Kitchn

Martha Stewart 

Resources on Preparing and Amending Your Soil for a Herb Garden:


How Stuff Works 

Planet Natural 

Here’s Some Ideas on How to Design Your Herb Garden: 

Growing Herbs: How to Design an Herb Garden (on Youtube) 

Tips for Designing an Herb Garden on DIY Network 

How to Build a Spiral Herb Garden 

More Resources on How to Grow A Tea Garden: 

Herbal Tea Gardens: 22 Plans for you Enjoyment and Well-Being 

The first half of the book gives a description of all the different herb plants to grow.  The second part of the book outlines garden plans.  

Here’s the garden plans outlined: 

Relaxation Garden 

Cough, Cold and Flu Garden 

First-Aid Garden 

Tummy Care Garden 

Aphrodisiac Garden 

Headache Relief Garden 

Sleepy Time Garden

Women’s Care Garden 

Bladder Care Garden 

Arthritis Care Garden 

Pain Relief Garden 

Immunity Booster Garden 

Purifying Garden 

Liver Care Garden 

Tonic Garden 

Kidney Care Garden 

Heart Care Garden 

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Lisa Stockton

I adore Earl Gray tea and have found black and green mix Earl Gray. Is Bergamot something that can be easily grown? What are the plants that black and green teas come from? Can they be grown in a garden?


Hello Kelly! Thank you for this incredible post. I love tea (especially green with jasmine) and, fortunately, recently I moved to a place with the right climate to try to grow my own tea mini-plantation ) Saved your article – it will definitely help. Best wishes to you!


My best friend lives in Montana so I am just tickled to have found your blog. I love, love visiting Montana and I really enjoyed this article on growing my own tea garden. I am very into growing and preserving my own food. Being able to grow my own tea blend is now on my t-do list! Thanks for sharing!

Shannon Hawkins

Hi Kelly. I just want to say I appreciate that your page isn’t full of ads. I’m getting ready to start a greenhouse tea garden and have had the worst trouble reading some pages. It’s extremely frustrating, so thank you again for having one that I can use to help me. I’m starting completely from scratch and want to do it right. Shannon


Hi Kelly! I like to have tea parties and this introduces a new avenue to take. All of the plants you suggest are ones recommended for a health issue I’m dealing with- perfect!


My favourite tea is basil and lemon verbena. Lemongrass and sage is good, too. You can really used most any herb in tea. Nothing sooths the soul like a good tea.


Hi…luv the article…never really thought of a tea garden, until now…great idea! One thought, I know the elderberries will be technically cooked with the boiling water to make tea, but maybe mention that they can be toxic if eaten uncooked. There is some cyanide chemical in them and the cooking process eliminates it.


Thank you for this great article. I plan to do that this summer. Only one I miss is Elderberries but I have citrus vervena which I really love. Thank you for inspiration !!


I am switching my tomato and pepper garden to and herb garden this year. I am so excited. Thanks for the great ideas for herbs I can use for tea


I discovered your article on Pinterest. I live in Florida and deal with mold in the garden. Everywhere, actually!
I will have to research which herbs I can grow in NE Florida! The ability to have my own tea grown right outside my door is very appealing! Great article, thank you for the ideas!

Maraline Manahan

it was fun learning and the tip and warnings are very helpful to make my own tea garden.


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