Spearmint, Garden Mint
Fast growing with an endless supply of aromatic leaves with a well known flavour that's widely used for making mint sauce.
Garden Mint is the 'original' mint, found in a garden in Ledbury, Herefordshire in the 1800's and grown in cottage gardens for generations, with roots handed from one gardener to another. The mildly flavoured leaves are added to preserves, jellies and of course mint sauce. This long lived herb is very easy to grow - almost too easy in fact. Because of its fast growing and spreading nature it's best to grow your mint in a big container so that the roots don't spread through a border. Leaves can be harvested from the moment the stems poke through the soil in spring until autumn and are a favourite with the first new potatoes in early summer and to add to apple dishes, jellies and chutneys in autumn. In summer, small spikes of mauve flowers appear and are a favourite with bees and other insects. Unlike many herbs, mint will tolerate part shade and damp soil as well as a sunny position.
Easy to grow and a must have for any herb garden with a myriad of uses in the kitchen.
Plant pot for display purposes only.
Plant Type: Herb
Hardiness: H4 Hardy. Minimum temperature -10 to -5
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): 30cm x 60cm (Mature age:
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Mauve
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: Yes
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full sun, Part shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Containers, Courtyard Garden
Season of Interest: Summer
Flowering (from - to): June, August
Harvesting Instructions: The soft, younger leaves of Garden Mint are the most aromatic so when harvesting choose those from the tips of the plants. For a handy supply to add to summer drinks, freeze the leaves in ice cubes or to add to summer recipes pick them as required and snip or chop them if need be. To dry your mint for use all year around, pick stems of the young leaves and wash them to remove any grit or soil. Pat them dry and place them on paper towels on a rack or hang them in bunches and leave them in a dry room or airing cupboard for about a week to air dry. The leaves can also be dried in a low oven for a couple of hours. Once your leaves have dried properly you will be able to crush them between your fingers - they can then be stored in an airtight container until they are needed.
Garden Mint is easy to grow in sun or part shade and any soil that doesn't dry out in summer. Due to its fast growing and spreading habit it is advisable to grow your plants in a big container to prevent the roots spreading through a border and becoming a nuisance. Plants in borders should not need watering once they are established but those in containers will need to be watered regularly in dry weather to ensure a supply of the best leaves. Plants in containers should also be fed once a week through the summer using a suitable liquid feed. Cut back old stems in late spring once the new shoots are seen and divide plants in borders to keep them under control. Plants can be cut back through summer to ensure new shoots which will provide the softest, tastiest leaves.