Varied, fragrant, colorful, and often healing herbal teas are a special treat for every gardener. The fragrant tea rose petals, refreshing mint leaves, and the playful lemon balm of lemon balm are so seductive that it is almost impossible not to make special tea from them in the summer. For those who like original drinks and independently made herbal preparations, there are specially created “tea” flower beds and garden flowers - small garden compositions in which plants are planted that can become the main star of tea drinking in their garden."Tea" flower bed - a bed for growing herbs and herbs
One of the most important principles for composing "tea" flower beds: plants that are going to be used to make drinks should be selected carefully, carefully analyzing their medicinal properties. Each, even the most modest culture used for herbal teas, has a whole range of properties and is also used in medicinal collections.
When choosing plants, it is worth checking that they have a tonic or calming effect, the basic principles of their influence on the body. Be sure to draw up a flower garden should take into account the state of health, especially chronic diseases. Indeed, despite its aroma, beauty and variety, herbal teas are not a completely harmless exercise for experimentation. In some cases, about plants whose influence you doubt, it is better to consult a doctor and phytotherapist. Before using plants for tea for the first time, it is worth checking the individual reaction to their decoctions.A flower bed can be broken in any corner of the garden.
Tea Star Stars
Usually, when mentioning tea flower beds, mint and lemon balm beds immediately come to mind. But the assortment of species for such fragrant, interesting and functional flower beds is not limited to unpretentious and standard spicy herbs. There is a place on the flower garden and berry bushes, and plants from the category of flowering stars, and even the inhabitants of ordinary beds.
Of the shrubs on the "tea" flower garden, you can settle the species that are most often used for tea gathering - tea rose, "false jasmine" mock up, Japanese quince, black currant, raspberry. For interesting fruit teas, you can also use the fruits of fruit trees: columnar miniature trees, including apple trees or cherries, can be planted in the center of the flower garden or in the background, creating spectacular and beautiful accents there.
Rosehips can also be included in the number of tea plants, but shrubs that give a large number of fruits rarely boast of compact dimensions. Both dwarf trees and shrubs play the role of the visual peak of the composition. They are placed not only in order to give the flowerbed of tea plants the most interesting relief, but also taking into account the necessary care, including annual pruning and rejuvenation: berry and fruit shrubs, ornamental plant species need free access. Therefore, placing them in the center of the tea flower garden is impractical.
If in the garden there is a separately growing bush or an old plant that they plan to radically rejuvenate - for example, a bush of currant or rose, then you can break the flower garden around it.
There is a place on the "tea" flower bed and another berry plant - wild strawberry.
Herbaceous perennials and spicy herbs suggest choosing flowering plants (and not only) to your taste and your favorite aromas. Some of the best crops for tea flower gardens include:
- mint, including curly, ordinary and peppermint, fragrant, bright, spreading aggressively, but very beautiful with sufficient soil moisture;
- lemon balm, preserving the beauty in almost any circumstances, with its impeccable leaf shape, bright, almost light green color, as well as lemon or cat catnip very similar to it, which is often sold here under the guise of lemon balm;
- dazzlingly bright, stunningly hardy and pleasantly distinguished against any background, the lofant - Korean mint, agastakhis;
- sages - ordinary and giving each year self-sowing annual nutmeg;
- unique silver-carved and slightly dangerous fragrant rue;
- sloppy, but very elegant during flowering, pharmacy or ordinary chamomile, which in the company of denser plants seems weightless;
- thyme or thyme, different varieties of which differ in shade of aroma and color of greenery, the shape and density of the bushes;
- valuable not only with its fragrant inflorescences similar to fireworks, the monard lemon;
- spectacular, hardy and fashionable fragrant echinacea;
- narrow-leaved lavender with its neat inflorescences and unique leaves.
There are also "amateur" plants - fragrant fennel, whose light-lilac inflorescences, umbrellas surprise with a completely different shade of aroma than anise leaves, as well as cilantro, chicory, in which roots, St. John's wort, hyssop, lemon verbena, oregano are added to tea Ivan tea, fireweed, tansy, fragrant bedstraw, basil, amaranth, rosemary, marigolds, cornflowers, marjoram, felt pelargonium, snakehead. And some manage to grow even a fragrant saberfish and calamus on a regular "tea" flower bed.