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Spearmint

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Mentha spicata

The most commonly grown form of mint

Easy to grow this is a herb garden must-have, with aromatic bright green leaves and small purple-mauve flowers in summer it looks good too. 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?

Best in a sunny spot, 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.

Add the leaves to jellies, sauces and salads. May be used to flavour cold drinks and herbal teas.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - 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 Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Medium, Moist
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 Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From February to September