Lemon balm is a type of mint. It can be used to make a lemon flavoured tea, as a flavour in baking fish, or in salads. It is very easy to grow, and it is a pleasure to have a plant in the garden simply to pick a few leaves to rub between fingers to release the scent. Personally, I prefer the scent and taste of lemon balm to ordinary mint. Lemon balm varieties range from gold to green leaves.
Like other mints, lemon balm is extremely hardy, but if growing in pots the roots may need protecting with bubble wrap in freezing weather. The leaves will taste better (less chewy) if the soil is kept moist during the summer months. The plant can be started from seed in the spring, or is widely available from garden retailers throughout the summer.
Planning what to grow? See the allotment planner and record keeper.