Magazine article Sunset

Herbal Teas to ... Plant Now. Snip, Steep and Enjoy This Summer

Magazine article Sunset

Herbal Teas to ... Plant Now. Snip, Steep and Enjoy This Summer

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You won't find most of these at the market, so pull out your trowel! All grow well in pots or the ground, and need well-draining soil, full sun, and regular water until established. (They're perennials except as noted.)

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) Try both the licorice-tasting blossoms and leaves of 'Golden Jubilee' (grows to 3 feet).

Bee balm (Monarda didyma) Its mildly citrus-flavored pink, red, or pure white blossoms look spectacular in a mug or cup.

Chamomile Snip the fragrant, mellow blossoms of this 2-foot annual to use fresh or dried.

Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium) We chose bushy 'Golden Feather' for the beauty of its chartreuse leaves (which can be bitter); for our tea, though, we used the mildly herbaceous flowers.

Lavender Though it's compact, silvery 'Thumbelina Leigh' English lavender produces plenty of blossoms for steeping.

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) In the same family as mint but not as invasive, this bushy plant tastes like mint plus citrus.

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) Flavor is concentrated in base; harvest by separating a stalk, roots and all, from clump. Annual except in mildest climes.

Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla) Intensely flavored and highly fragrant. Prune to contain this rambling shrub, which grows up to 6 feet.

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Nutmeg geranium (Pelargonium fragrans 'Nutmeg') It's all about the aromatic leaves, which really do taste (as well as smell) of nutmeg. …

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