Five herbs for your tea plot

Tea in the garden

Claire Curran

Many herbs make excellent teas; we grew the following in Sunset's test garden. Most of these plants prefer full sun and well-drained soil (in hot climates, give mint some shade). Buy plants in 3-inch pots.


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To prepare an herb tea, add boiling water to your chosen leaves. Start with 2 teaspoons fresh herb for each 6-ounce cup of water. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes. For stronger flavor, increase the amount of herb.

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