Deciduous, Evergreen, Ground covers, Herbs, Perennials
These Mediterranean natives spread rapidly by underground stems and can be quite invasive; to keep them in bounds, grow them in pots or boxes. Tough and unfussy, they grow almost anywhere but perform best with light, moist, medium-rich soil, regular water; and full sun or partial shade. Plants disappear in winter in colder part of range. Replant about every 3 years; propagate from runners.Mentha requienii
Native to the Mediterranean, this creeping, mat-forming mint reaches only 1/2 in. high. Tiny, round bright green leaves give this plant a mossy appearance; leaves release a delightful minty or sagelike fragrance when bruised. Can be used as an aromatic filler between steppingstones (won’t take heavy foot traffic). Bears tiny, tubular light purple flowers in summer.
Grows to 1–3 ft. high. Dark green, toothed leaves are slightly smaller than those of M. x piperita. Leafy spikes of pale blue flowers. Use leaves fresh from the garden or dried, as flavoring for foods, cold drinks, and jelly.Mentha x gracilis
Grows to 2 ft. tall. Smooth deep green leaves with yellow variegation have a spicy apple fragrance and flavor. Inconspicuous flowers. Use in flavoring foods. Foliage is excellent in mixed bouquets.Mentha x piperita
This hybrid grows to 3 ft. tall. Strongly scented, tooth-edged leaves to 3 in. long are dark green often tinged with purple. Small purplish flowers appear in 1–3-in. spikes. Leaves are good for flavoring tea.Mentha x piperita citrata
Known as orange mint (crushed leaves have a slight orange flavor) or bergamot mint, this plant grows to 2 ft. high and spreads as far as conditions permit. Has broad, 2-in.-long leaves and small lavender flowers. It is used in potpourris and in flavoring foods.
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