Melissa Officinalis or 'Lemon balm is a highly-scented herb, best known for its use in tea, but this fantastic herb has a number other uses. you may find the taste familiar as lemon balm is an The leaves of lemon balm have the scent of lemon with a hint of mint. It is refreshing served in summer drinks such as lemonade, use to flavor fruit, in sorbets and deserts or with a green salad. use for cooking, lemon balm is a pleasant accent for fish or chicken and vegetables. Lemon balm compliments basil, chives, parsley, mint and dill, use to flavor oils or with other herbs in compound butters.
Melissa Officinalis or 'Lemon balm perennial herb with heart-shaped leaves makes a nice green clump of medium-textured leaves among the other herbs and flowers in your garden. In hot areas lemon balm will remain green during mild winters. It is moderately shade-tolerant, much more so than most herbs. In hot, dry climates, it grows best in partial shade.
A delicate lemon aroma, some gardeners plant it by a gate to smell it each time the gate brushes against the leaves as it opens and closes. Be sure to include stems in bouquets of summer flowers.
Hardiness Zones 4 through 9. In zone 4, it needs winter mulch and a well-drained sandy soil to survive.