Tabletop Herb Garden

Add fresh garnishes with a sharp taste to all your favorite summer drinks. Grow a couple of varieties of mint in a container for your patio table where they're within easy reach.

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

A: Spearmint

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.

B: Variegated Apple Mint

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.

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