Undemanding and easy to grow, mint boasts a hearty constitution, often growing where other plants fail. All mint varieties thrive in containers. A 12-inch basket is the perfect place to grow mint to flavor lemonade and other summery drinks.
A: Spearmint (Mentha spicata) — 1
B: Variegated apple mint (Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata') — 1
Mentha spicata, or spearmint, offers a mild flavor that gives the plant versatility in the kitchen. The fragrance of spearmint can work as a natural mosquito repellent, making it the perfect centerpiece for an outdoor table. Spearmint can also be used as an herbal tea.
Apple mint (Mentha suaveolens) has a delightful wintergreen flavor and fragrance. This particular variety has fuzzy leaves that have an ivory edge. The fresh leaves can be used to make apple-mint jelly or a stomach-soothing tea.