If mint is your favorite herb, grow these 20 Types of Mints in your garden. You can also plant these Varieties in pots on your balcony or kitchen windowsill.
There are types of mints for everything: For fragrance, grow Eau de Cologne and for cooking, plant Spearmint or Vietnamese mint. If you want to garnish your desserts with fruit-scented herbs, strawberry and apple mints are perfect. Grow peppermint for teas and horsemint for medicinal uses and if you have cats, don’t skip catmint.
1. Pepper Mint (Mentha × Piperita)
It is a cross of two mints–Watermint and Spearmint. It has a strong taste, sweet aroma, and cooling, pungent aftertaste, which is why it’s often used in desserts and teas.
- This plant can easily be multiplied through stem cuttings.
- Always grow it in fertile, well-drained and moist soil.
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2. Apple Mint (Mentha Suaveolens)
This species is also known by various names like Wooly or Pineapple Mint. It has light green round foliage and pale pink flowers that appear from early to mid-summer. The fruity aftertaste makes it special. People use it in tea and for garnishing salads.
- It’s a cold-hardy plant, growing well under full to part sun.
- Water the plant well to keep the soil slightly moist.
3. Banana Mint (Mentha arvensis ‘Banana’)
This fruity herb has an aroma that resembles a banana, which attracts bees. Its small lilac-colored flowers bloom throughout the summer. You can use it in ice creams, cookies, muffins, and fruit salads.
- Banana mint grows best in a partly shaded area that remains evenly moist.
- Frequent harvesting and pinching keep it bushier.
4. Chocolate Mint (Mentha × Piperita ‘Chocolate Mint’)
Chocolate Mint is famous for its minty chocolate-flavored aroma. It goes well in shakes, desserts, and ice-creams. Its round spear-shaped foliage blooms stunning lavender flowers in summers.
- Though it can thrive in full sun, save it from the afternoon sun.
- Never allow the soil to dry out completely.
5. Watermint (Mentha Aquatica)
Watermint, also known as ‘Mentha citrata,’ grows mostly in waterways, near rivers. It has an oval looking and toothed, aromatic foliage. This vigorous plant expands through runners.
- As it thrives near moist places, it requires humidity and moisture for proper growth.
- Since water mint is invasive, grow it in pots.
6. Lavender Mint (Mentha Piperita ‘Lavendula’)
One of the most beautiful types of mints that you can grow for ornamental purposes. Plant this 2 feet tall variety in your garden in the form of an informal hedge.
- Grow the plant on slopes or elevated areas in a garden bed to ensure good drainage.
- For pots, use well-drained soil that retains some moisture.
7. Spearmint (Mentha Spicata)
Spearmint or Common mint is probably number one when it comes to culinary uses. It has narrow and green leaves with a pleasing scent, milder than peppermint. It is also known as Lamb mint because of its special uses in lamb and potato dishes.
- Plant it in moist soil under full or part sun.
- As it is invasive by nature, growing it in pots is always a good idea.
8. Slender Mint (Mentha diemenica)
This dwarf 6 inches high mint is frost hardy and native to Australia. Slender mint looks different from other types of mints. It can be used as common mints. Learn more about it here.
- While it prefers several hours of sunlight, you can also grow this wild mint in full shade.
- Various propagation methods like Division and Stolonos can also be used as well.
9. Egyptian Mint (Mentha Niliaca)
Egyptian mint is as old as ancient Egypt and has a reference in the Pharaoh’s times as well. This culinary herb has a scent like an applemint, and the flavor is milder than peppermint and spearmint. It has a strong upright stem with fuzzy leaves. It finds its uses in Savory dishes and teas and is also used as a skin toner too.
- This tall mint can be up to 2-3 feet high, so grow it in a medium-sized pot.
- You can grow it as an annual in USDA 8 and below. In warmer regions, it’s a perennial.
10. Pennyroyal Mint (Mentha Pulegium)
A large number of Roman cookbooks have a mention of Pennyroyal Mint. Today, it is seldom used in kitchens but more as a herbal remedy and to repel insects. Grow it in a vegetable garden to sort out pest problems. It has tiny and delicate green leaves with stunning pale blue or lavender flowers.
- Since it’s a creeper (6-12 inches), you can grow it in hanging pots as well.
- If you’re growing this cold-hardy herb in a warm climate, water it regularly.
11. Horsemint (Mentha Longifolia)
This upright herb can be up to 3-4 feet tall, it bears flower spikes of attractive pale pink or lilac color and has hairy foliage. It’s also known as silver mint. It has more medicinal uses, which makes it a perfect addition to a medicinal garden.
- It’s more drought tolerant than other types of mints.
- It can grow well in poor soil and full sun.
12. Corsican Mint (Mentha Requieni)
Corsican mint is native to Corsica. It has trails of round, aromatic leaves with small, fragrant flowers. Like most mints, it is low growing and invasive. Corsican mint helps to enhance the flavor of the vegetable crops growing around it and used in teas and salads. This variety is also an essential ingredient of mint-flavored alcoholic drink crème de menthe.
- It loves the morning sun but dislikes the intense direct sunlight in the afternoon.
- Use soil that’s moist but not soggy.
13. Eau de Cologne Mint (Mentha x Piperita Citrata)
Also known as the orange and bergamot mint, it has citrus-flavored perfumed leaves that are elliptical in shape on beautiful burgundy stems. Orange mint is famous for its aromatic attributes and used as an ingredient in the preparation of Jellies, salads, and Sauces. Its essential oil is used by the perfume industry.
- Because of its invasive nature, it’s better to grow it in raised beds or pots.
- Select a location that receives partial sunlight.
14. Strawberry Mint (Mentha Spicata Subsp. Citrata ‘Strawberry’)
This compact mint variety is suitable for growing indoors in hanging basket and pots. It has a fruity fragrance that is a mix of strawberry and mint. Chop it to add in salads and desserts or make an iced tea.
- Use well-drained loamy soil to grow this mint.
- Keep it in dappled shade.
15. Grapefruit Mint (Mentha x Piperita ‘Grapefruit’)
What sets this mint apart from the rest is its intoxicating grapefruit-like fragrance. The fruit-flavored deep green leaves of grapefruit mint go well with fruit desserts. You can also add it to seafood and lamb salad for citrusy zest.
- This upright herb can be up to 2 feet tall, so grow it in a large pot.
- Keep it in a spot that receives at least 4-5 hours of sunlight.
16. Catnip (Nepeta Cataria)
If you’re a cat parent, growing catnip is an excellent idea for your feline’s enjoyment as it contains a compound called nepetalactone, which attracts almost 70-80% cats. You can also use a catnip in mint teas and salads.
- You can grow catnip indoors as well, on a windowsill that receives several hours of direct sun.
- This mint family plant is fairly drought tolerant, once established.
17. Catmint (Nepeta Mussinii, Nepeta × faassenii, Nepeta racemosa)
Unlike catnip, catmint is an ornamental herb and can be used in vegetable gardens to deter insects and as an edging plant. Catmint also contains a similar compound, which makes cat euphoric.
- Grow it in the garden in full sun to part sun location.
- When growing catmint in a pot, select a medium to large size container.
18. Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. People use it for making refreshing, lemony drinks because of its citrus-like scent, which is somewhat like lemongrass but with a hint of mint. It is also used for treating mental disorders and medicinal purposes.
- Provide proper air circulation to this herb.
- Avoid overwatering.
19. Ginger Mint (Mentha x gracilis)
Ginger mint is also known as Vietnamese mint because it’s popular in Vietnamese cooking and used to flavor beef and chicken dishes. It smells like spearmint with a hint of fruity ginger-like fragrance, therefore the name.
- Grow it in dappled or full shade in a moderately fertile loamy soil.
- Like other types of mints, it grows aggressively, and that’s why it’s better to confine it in a pot before planting on the ground.
20. Mojito Mint (Mentha × villosa)
Also, goes by the common name Cuban mint (Yerba Buena), compared to other varieties, it has a warm and mild flavor. The well-loved and known Mojito cocktail has this mint as its main ingredient!
- Warm temperate and mildly subtropical climates are perfect for this mint.
- It can be grown in USDA Zones 5 to 10a.
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