Herbs make fantastic additions to any meal and they can also be especially relevant when it comes to making teas. Instead of buying the herbs you want from a grocery store, creating an herb garden can be a fun and effective way to have all the herbs you want close at hand. Herb gardens can be big or small, depending on the space you have available, but either way, you have complete freedom about what herbs you do and do not include.
There are many herbs that just about every such garden includes, such as oregano, sage, thyme and mint, but you are not limited to those. Instead, there are many other options that are more fun and more unusual. Some of these can help to make your herb garden more appealing visually, while others can offer additional flavors or even potential health benefits. This post focuses on some of the key unusual herbs that you can add into your herb garden. Most of them are relatively easy to obtain and they can be a good way of making your herb garden look a little bit different than everybody else’s.
32. Pineapple Sage
Pineapple sage gets its name from the scent of its leaves, which strongly resembles pineapple. The herb produces red tubular flowers that are especially attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Because of this, it can be a great way to attract those species to your garden. The sage is commonly used to make herbal tea and some potential health benefits have been attributed to it.
31. Lemon Basil
Lemon basil is a hybrid between traditional basil and African basil. It is most commonly used in southern Asia and northeastern Africa, and as the name suggests, it has a lemon scent. The herb is commonly used in cooking and it is a particularly versatile herb in this respect. Dishes that can include lemon basil are stew, curry and soup, as well as a range of different grilled foods.
Epazote is also sometimes known as Mexican tea, and can actually be used to make a rather pungent tea. The herb tends to be viewed primarily as a medicinal herb and is often promoted as a way to counter issues with indigestion and flatulence. However, the herb is also used in cooking and it has a strong, unique taste in this role. The taste is most similar to oregano, but many people argue that the taste cannot fully be described.
29. Lemon Verbana
Lemon verbena is native to South America and requires special care if you plan on growing it outside of its native environment. Despite this challenge, the herb is worth the effort, and offers pretty white or purple flowers that are suitable for just about any garden. The lemon scent of the leaves makes it a good herb for adding lemon flavor to foods and it is often used in the place of actual lemon.
28. Vietnamese Coriander
Vietnamese coriander is also often called names like Vietnamese mint or hot mint, because of its odor and the way that it looks like mint. However, the herb isn’t actually related to the mints and doesn’t even belong to the same family. As the name suggests, the herb is most commonly used as part of Vietnamese cuisine and it is especially common in salads. Other cultures also use the herb in cooking.