Growing a Tea Garden

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I am starting a tea garden this spring! The plants I chose are based on the climate I live in (IL) and the simple fact that I wanted my tea to be pretty. I can’t wait to have friends over and serve tea with flowers floating like lily pads. I will do my best to explain the process in case anyone wants to join me.

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Plants for garden bed:

  1. Viola Odorata: Grows to 6″ high and should be planted 6″ apart. Should start with a plant rather than try from a seed.
  2. Blue Hyssop: 2′ / 1′ / Seed in early spring
  3. Lavender: 2′ /1.5′ / Plant
  4. Echinacea: 4′ / 10″ /Plant 3 years old
  5. Bergamont: 3′ / 2′ /Seed in early spring
  6. Rosemary: 3′ / 2′ / Plant (Have to pot when cold outside)

Stand alone plants:

  1. Manuka: 16′ / Best to plant next to shrubs / Plant
  2. Rosa Rugosa: 6′ / 6′ / Plant
  3. Honeysuckle: 20′ / Trellis/ Plant
  4. Rennaissance Rose: 3′ / 3′ / Plant

My chicken-scratch plan 😉

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