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Mint Apple Variegated

Mentha suaveolens

Powerful minty flavour

A hardy and attractive mint with sweetly pungent bright green and white leaves. It quickly spreads but you can easily keep it in check by planting in a pot which is then sunk into the ground to stop the roots spreading. Pick the leaves as needed.

Where?

Happy in sun or part shade, ideal for the front of a border, great for a container too.

How?

Easy to grow in any soil. Keep well watered through the summer. Trim back in midsummer to encourage a second flush of leaves for picking later in the season. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing.

The leaves may be used to flavour herbal teas, cold drinks, jellies, sauces and salads. Particularly good with lamb.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring, Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From April to September