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A Garden Project: Make A Teapot Planter

Updated on May 20, 2016

Teapot Planter Plants

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Angled Tea Cup Will Fit Snuggly Among the Herbs When They Are MaturePineapple Mint, Chocolate Mint, Stevia, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Wild Mint
Angled Tea Cup Will Fit Snuggly Among the Herbs When They Are Mature
Angled Tea Cup Will Fit Snuggly Among the Herbs When They Are Mature | Source
Pineapple Mint, Chocolate Mint, Stevia, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Wild Mint
Pineapple Mint, Chocolate Mint, Stevia, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Wild Mint | Source

Keep Fresh Tea Herbs Handy in a Teapot Planter


Reading about a tea garden made me realize that an adaptation on a teapot planter would make a great addition to my front yard. With my handy husband's help, we could make and install a cute but subtle ornament to the special pot.

A little research on what plants I wanted to include helped me get started and I was able to make a plan for my little teapot planter project.

My Patriotic Planter idea held the framework for putting a teapot planter together so I knew it would be an easy and fun project.

The idea of highlighting tea herbs in a pot was just too appealing for me not to do it, especially knowing that it would provide plenty of dried tea leaves for this winter's chills.

I hope to add photos of my teapot planter's harvest to this hub at the end of the summer so check back--I might invite you to tea!


Building a Tea Herb Garden in a Teapot Planter


Deciding what to put in it was a small conundrum because I like so many herbs that can be used for tea. First of all, I realized that stevia (also called Sweet Leaf) had to go in the middle.

These snappy, small leaved plants provide just the right amount of sweetener to teas and light-heartedness to a garden. Oh the astonishment and then the smiles on little faces when they try a stevia leaf (rinsed, of course) that they have picked from a garden.

Lemon balm was a requirement. For one thing, its coarse foliage adds a different texture to the look of the project, and anything lemon is a love of mine. This is a great herb to keep on hand for the trauma of cold season, and animals do not like it.

Drying its leaves at the end of summer for winter storage is a must do. Congestion can often be relieved by sipping this aromatic tea when suffering with the common cold. It’s also just plain comforting when one is feeling so miserable.

What else but mints would do next? A wild mint, a chocolate mint, and a pineapple mint were decided on, but with all the varieties available this was not an easy decision. Because of the size of my planter I had room for just one more herb...ouch. I decided on chamomile.

You might like to use an even larger planter, or stake out a spot for a big tea garden as opposed to a tea pot planter like mine. I like my planter, though, because it keeps my tea plants up and highlighted, away from cats and dogs, and I can move it around as I weed and rework my islands.

I used the same kind but next size up pot for this project as for my red, white, and blue project so they would match in my center island. A few rocks in the bottom, a little mulch to help with drainage, a little topsoil, then a good potting soil readied the pot for planting.

Now all I have to do is wait a few weeks for the plants to settle in and begin maturing. I will try to post an updated photo in the summer and show how it dies back in the winter.


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A Teacup for My Teapot Planter


As a decorative addition, my husband fixed a teacup to a piece of threaded rod by drilling a hole in the saucer and cup with a ceramic bit, then fixing them to the rod with washers and nuts.

I’ll be painting the nut and bolt inside the teacup with an outdoor paint. Birds may sometimes use it to drink from after it rains, but I won’t encourage them by keeping it full as I do not want their droppings on my herbs.

As the photo at the top of the hub shows, the teacup looks a little odd sticking out of the pot right now, but it won’t be long before the plants are taller and the cup is nestled among their leaves.

Keeping the plants trimmed by cutting and drying the leaves also means that the tea cup does not get lost in the foliage. Placing it on the side that has the plants with lower growing foliage helps spotlight it.


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Growing the Herb Called Stevia (or Sweet Leaf) is Easy

Helpful Info for Growing Mint to Use for Tea with Stevia:

A Little Maintenance Goes a Long Way for Keeping a Teapot Planter's Herbs Fresh


Because teapot herbs are close together I will be keeping not only the foliage cut back but the roots. as well. I do not want them to blend into each other and lose their flavors. The method is sort of like bonsai for I will uproot them mid-summer to prune the roots and replant them.

As with all herbs, pinch off any flowers (depending on the herb you may even pinch the buds} before the plant goes to seed mid-summer in order to let it continue producing foliage for you to use and dry. Letting them go to seed at the end of the summer means that you will probably have new herbs coming up both inside and outside of your planter next spring. These can easily be transplanted or potted and given to friends as gifts.

There are many uses for the herbs that we have available today. This spring I already have a crop of lemon balm beside a bench that I wish I could share with all my readers! It’s great for more than teas. It adds flavor to meats, especially chicken and fish, and it does a good job of keeping pesky bugs away when I am gardening--just crush a leaf and rub it on the skin or stick a twig of it in a hat.

Check out the videos below for suggestions on growing tea herbs. Do some research to explore even more possibilities. You might be surprised at the various herbs that are used for medicinal teas, as well as those used for afternoons-with-friends tea time.

If you write a hub about your tea pot planter or garden spot please let me know so I can link it to this one. Don’t forget to post pictures of your herbs for us!



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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      karenfritz:

      My pot of tea herbs has come back beautifully this year. A tree is providing them more shade now so I'll have to watch and see if the tea pot is getting enough sun--may have to move it! I'm planning to update this hub and my flower hubs with new photos soon…time… :)

      Thanks much for stopping in and leaving your note!

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      Karen Fritzemeier 4 years ago

      I love the idea of a tea plant garden! Hoping that I can find some that will do well in shade, as we live in a wooded area.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      moonlake:

      Thanks much! There are several versions of tea plant gardens, but this one in a pot works best for us. I'm looking forward to refurbishing it this spring and perhaps placing some smaller pots of more tea plants around this one with the tea cup. I understand that butterflies like to drink water from sand so I may fill the tea cup with that once I find out if the kind of sand matters.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Good idea. Can't wait for spring and gardens. Your little garden is cute with the teacup. Voted up.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Lizolivia:

      Thanks for stopping in and letting me know that you found this helpful!

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      Lizolivia 4 years ago from Central USA

      Helpful information and a nice selection of videos. Thanks

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Nicole S:

      There's nothing quite like fresh herbs for our teas, and drying our own from a tea pot planter to have them in the winter is the next best thing!

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      Nicole S Hanson 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome idea!! I can just taste the fresh herbs now :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      sen.sush23:

      I appreciate that you let me know how much you like this planter project! Thanks very much for all of your input on it.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      tammyswallow:

      Thanks for letting me know you like this garden project! I have seen delicate china teacups and saucers used but I wanted to use the more sturdy sort for mine. Having one of these on a patio would be delightful, especially if butterflies perched on it and gave you photo ops. :)

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      I love this. I want to bookmark it so I can come back later to grow my own tea planter. Voting up and useful and interesting and awesome. Sharing too.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is just gorgeous! I love the teacup. It can withstand the elements and stay beautiful. This would look wonderful on my patio. Voting up and sharing.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      sgbrown:

      So glad you like this garden project. A teapot planter is easy to make and maintain, a pleasure to have in the garden and a joy to benefit from once the herbs' leaves are dried for the winter months. Thanks kindly for stopping in with your input!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is such a great idea! Going to try it this spring! Voted up and interesting, following too!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Expert Gardener:

      Thank you! Looking forward to more of your work.

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      Expert Gardener 5 years ago

      I could say a great idea for everyone. Thanks fellow gardener.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much. This heat is taking its toll on herbs this year for sure!

      So appreciate that you stopped in!

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great herbal garden ideas. I have a couple of herbs in my little picture window. Although I lose them in summer as too hot. Great for winter herbs though

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much for visiting my hubs!

      We've been enjoying our flower gardens this year, but haven't done nearly enough work in them...life gets in the way. We do have a small veggie garden going, and may yet be able to keep up with it. I used some of my fresh herbs tonight in a pumpkin soup since we had some cool weather blow in after a bit of a spring heat wave.

      Hope to see your teacup project in a hub one day. :)

      Appreciate that you came by with your input!

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      Virginia Kearney 6 years ago from United States

      Wow--I've been looking through a lot of your garden hubs. We do a ton of gardening too--or actually my husband does most of it now. I don't use my herbs enough though. So I'm going to be coming back to read some more. I love this teapot/cup idea. I've seen it in little stores but never made one. I actually have a cup I should do that with!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for stopping by with your comment!

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      GrantGMcgowan 6 years ago

      Nice, I have more idea about this, Thank you!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks bunches! Choosing, so true! Only so much space and time, isn't there?

      Very much appreciate both your stopping by and your input. :)

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      This hub is very inspiring and just in the right time! The only problem is to choose:) I love both lemon and mints, and you mentioned some more that looks interesting! Thanks for this wonderful article that is so well put together!

      Up, useful and beautiful! Tina

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hi Chatkath:

      Thanks so much! So appreciate that you came by--I'm reading up on mints and thought you might like to see these sites:

      http://earthnotes.tripod.com/mints_h.htm

      and

      http://www.helpwithcooking.com/herb-guide/mint.htm...

      One of your local nurseries might be able to tell you what kind you have. It's not too hard to keep up with a small mint garden. It's a simple matter to keep the roots from intermingling so they don't lose their unique flavors. You might like some different varieties. My fav is chocolate. :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      fucia:

      Thanks kindly, both for stopping by and leaving a note!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Great Hub- I love planting herbs, I use my mint all the time for so many things but I am not sure which kind it is! Good job!

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks, marellen, for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Hope you enjoy your project. Let us see it! :)

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      marellen 6 years ago

      good and informative hub...might have to give this a try. thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Yes, Jacksonville could be tricky. (I suppose that is a bit of a double entendre, isn't it?!) If you have a shade tree and can keep them watered, they should do fine.

      Thanks bunches, Pamela, for sharing your input! Appreciate that you came by.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I agree with the others that this is a great idea and you gave us some great tips. Herbs are always easy to grow in northern FL as the sun is so strong but I been successful with some. I loved all your little videos for extra information.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Golfgal:

      Thanks very kindly for linking my hub to yours. Appreciate it and am looking forward to checking yours out. Thanks for letting me know!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hyphenbird:

      Thank you! Hope to see some of your container garden photos.

      I meant to mention that I chose a heavy cup and saucer for my husband to use the ceramic bit on--this is from pfaltzgraff (it was a neat .50 thrift store find).

      Appreciate your contribution very much.

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      Golfgal 6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Lovely RT, I also loves herbs, where is the Mint Julep for the Derby? Hope you do not mind that I linked you to my hub toady on making gazing balls. Peace.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is a great idea for something beautiful in a small space. I am planting container gardens this year so this Hub will help me a lot. Thanks RTalloni.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much. I was distracted and published before finishing, so you might like to check it out again. :)

      So appreciate that you stopped by and left a comment!

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      Susan Kaul 6 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      I love this. A great idea and so beautiful.