Choosing Types of Mint for Containers

Why limit yourself to “minty” mints when you could be growing spicy ginger, apple, and even chocolate-flavored types? There are dozens of different mints to try. Here are some of the best choices for individual containers.

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©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Lemon Mint: Works Well in Green and Fruit Salads

Mint is best used fresh, but you can preserve leaves for use in winter. Lemon mint combines peppermint and citrus flavors.

Apple Mint: Often Used in Sauces

Apple mint, Mentha suaveolens, has oval leaves and mauve flowers that appear in summer.  It is good for mint sauce.

Horse Mint: Use in Aromatherapy

Horse mint, Mentha longifolia, is a wild plant with gray leaves and spires of purple flowers.

Ginger Mint: Spicy Mint Scent

Ginger mint has oval leaves with a spicy mint scent that goes well with vegetables and fruit.

Eau de Cologne Mint: Highly Aromatic

Be careful planting mint as it may take over the garden. Eau de Cologne offers a wonderful aroma. Infuse leaves in vinegar.

Pineapple Mint: Pretty When Paired

Pretty pineapple mint planted with violas and bacopa makes a cottage-style combination for a large rustic container, such as an old chimney pot.

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