Mints

With 20 or so species and more than 1,000 varieties to choose from, you should find a mint (Mentha) to suit your taste. Peppermint and spearmint are the most popular, but fruit-flavored varieties also exist. Some plants have variegated foliage, including the pineapple mint Varieagata. Some mints, such as Corsican mint, creep along low to the ground; others grow 2 to 3 feet tall. Hardiness depends on the variety and species.

  • Planting and care: Start new plants from stem cuttings of the varieties you want, to make sure that you get the flavor or scent you expect. Plant just below the soil surface and keep the soil moist until the plants begin to grow. Mints can be invasive, so contain them or plant them where you don't mind having a carpet of fragrant foliage.
  • Special uses: Harvest the fresh leaves and add them to Middle Eastern dishes, soups, vegetables, and beverages. Mint flowers attract beneficial insects. Also, the fragrant plants reportedly repel some damaging insects and improve the health and flavor of nearby cabbages and tomatoes.

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