mint - apple mint
apple mint / Mentha suaveolens
- available to order from autumn
- 9cm pot
This herb dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: poor, moist soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: July to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Apple-scented, grey-green leaves and dense spikes of pink or white summer flowers, makes this vigorous mint decorative as well as practical. It looks lovely growing in a large terracotta container, and the leaves can be used to make the perfect mint jellies and sauces, as well as adding a delicious flavour to salads or freshly boiled new potatoes.
- Garden care: To prevent mint from romping through a herb garden, restrict the spread by growing it in a sunken container, with adequate drainage holes. Lift and divide each year in spring, replanting the younger, vigorous sections of the plant in fresh compost