- Position: full sun or part shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
- Rate of growth: fast
- Flowering Period: July to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Aromatic bright green leaves, which are ideal for making mint sauce or adding to salads and summer drinks, are topped with dense spikes of pink, lilac or white flowers in summer. Spearmint has a slightly milder flavour than peppermint and it will happily grow in a good-sized pot (they have a tendency to become invasive if planted out in the border) provided it gets plenty of water. Place it close to paths and entrances, where the aromatic foliage can be easily picked for use in the kitchen.
- Garden care: When plants have finished flowering in summer, cut flowered shoots back to 5cm (2in) above the surface of the compost. Mint can be vigorous in the garden so unless you want a large clump, you can contain it in a pot - but do keep it well watered.