10+ Different Types of Mint to grow in your Garden

In this article, you will be acknowledged of a few Different Types of Mint to grow in your Garden and containers. Different Mints have different kinds of flavors, tastes, and, aromas. Though there are lots of Mint varieties out there we are mentioning the popular and best ones. Please take a look! Do you know mint has so many types and every mint has its purpose and specificity? Various mints have various aromas.

Key takeaways:

  • Mints are used in various scents, dishes, soaps, etc.
  • There are different types of mint to grow in your gardens such as spearmint, mojito mint, banana mint, chocolate mint, and many more.
  • The mint plants have a beautiful capacity to extend far and even grow from the cutting and detaching of their leaves. 

Though the mint plants are a great addition to your garden as most of its variety is hardy and perennial, known for growing all by themselves from the rhizome. Do you want some of that variety at your home and that is explained in this guide.

Different Types of Mint to grow in your Garden

1. Spearmint

Different Types of Mint to grow in your Garden
Other namesLamb mint, common mint, garden mint, and mackerel mint
Scientific nameMentha spicata 
Hardiness zone5-9 
SunFull to partial sunlight 
Waterneed one to two daily water supply
Length12-39 inches
Soilmoist fertile soil that is well drained
  • Spearmints are perennial herbs with serrated margin leaves having a strong fresh flavor, that’s why they are used in chewing gums, toothpaste, etc. 
  • The plants usually flower in the summertime with pink to violet flowers. 
  • These mint plants can grow in both sandy to clay soil with a good amount of nutrients. 
  • Spearmints are also used to add to traditional medicines. Other than this, they are used in salads. Soups, and making herbal teas. 

2. Peppermint 

Other nameshybrid mint
Scientific nameMentha piperita
Hardiness zone5-9 
SunFull to partial
Water1-2 inches in a week
Length12-35 inches 
Soilfertile, moist, and well-drained soil
  • Peppermint gets its name from ‘Piperita’ which means ‘peppers’. The peppermint plants are a hybrid type that is made by crossing between the spearmint plant and the watermint plant.
  • The herb has a strong scent that feels sweetish and the essential oil of the plant is used in making teas and has benefits in curing stomach issues, and healing muscle pain as well as joint pain.
  • Peppermint leaves are round-shaped with a darkish green shade. Peppermint also cures viral infections and heals anxiety.

3. Chocolate mint

Other namesmint chocolate
Scientific nameMentha Piperita ‘chocolate mint’
Hardiness zone5-9 
Sunfull sun to partial shade
Water1-2 inches of water per week
Length12-24 inches 
Soilmoist, rich, and well drained
  • The chocolate mint plant is all about the chocolaty aroma and the sweet flavor, perfect for making desserts to yummy shakes.
  • They are easy to grow and have good nutritional value with vitamin c and vitamin A good for indigestion and healing pain.

4. Applemint

Other namesRound-leaved mint, wooly mint, pineapple mint
Scientific nameMentha rotundifolia
Hardiness zone5-9 
SunFull to partial sun
Waterone to two times a day
Soilmoist, rich, and well drained
  • The applemint plants are fast growers and can be used as groundcovers in the herb garden.
  • The plant grows at high speed and is advised to plant in containers
  • Soil having pH 6-7 is ideal to throw applemint. The plant yields leave that is perfect for culinary purposes and losing some fat. The tea made by using apple mint as an ingredient increases the metabolism and so has anti-cancerous qualities

5. Banana mint

Heightless than a meter
Scientific nameMentha arvensis ‘Banana’
Hardiness zone5-11
SunFull to partial sun
Waterone to two times a day about one inch per week
Soilmoist rich and well drained
  • Banana mint gets this name from the leaves of mint that smell ditto like a banana.
  • The plant grows so close to the ground, is perennial, and is loved by cooks. The herb is used in so many dishes and recipes.
  • The plant yields small-sized leaves that are bright green colored and also the flowers in shade lilac that bloom during the summertime and attract a lot of pollinators.

6. Lavender mint

Scientific nameMentha piperita ‘Lavendula’
Hardiness zone3-7
SunFull to partial
Water1-2 times a day
Height23 inches  
Soilfertile, moist, and well-drained soil
  • The plant is again easy to grow and is the perfect option for gardeners to get started with.
  • The plant is known for its red-colored stem with floral overtones that not only look beautiful but are good for garnishing the food giving some luxury oomph to it.
  • Lavender is used in making herbal teas, elevates sleep, and relieves stress.

7. Horsemint

Other namesbergamot, bee balm, horsemint, oswego tea
Scientific nameMonarda 
Hardiness zone4-9 
SunFull to partial sunlight 
Watertwo times a day
Height2-3 feet
Soilfertilized one with good drainage and moisture
  • The mint is known by the name horsemint due to its large and coarse size. Other than this, the plant gave leaves that have fragrances like bergamot orange.
  • The plant is seen growing in clumps and are short-lived
  • The flowers are tall and plants thrive well in sandy areas like dunes, fields, etc. the horsemint is used for making healthy tea, improves digestion, relieves menstrual cramps, heals depression, etc.

8. Corsican mint

Scientific name: Mentha requienii

Usda hardiness zone: 7-9

Sun: Full to partial

Soil: moist fertilized and well drained

Water- one time a day

Height- half to an inch (3-10 cm tall)

Other namesLamb mint, common mint, garden mint, and mackerel mint
Scientific nameMentha spicata 
Hardiness zone5-9 
SunFull to partial sunlight 
Waterneed one to two daily water supply
Length12-39 inches
Soilmoist fertile soil that is well drained
  • Corsican mint is considered to be quite aggressive as they grow really fast and can get into the space of other plants and hence are invasive. The plant is the smallest in the mint family.
  • The Corsican mint grows low near the pot or ground. The leaves are very tiny and bright lightish green in color with a proper mint-like smell and taste like peppermint.
  • The Corsican mint is good for healing stomach disorders, headaches, and fever.

9. Watermint

Scientific name: Mentha aquatica

Usda hardiness zone: 8-11

Sun: Full to partial

Water: two times a day

Soil: moist loamy soil

Height: 90 cm

Other namesLamb mint, common mint, garden mint, and mackerel mint
Scientific nameMentha spicata 
Hardiness zone5-9 
SunFull to partial sunlight 
Waterneed one to two daily water supply
Length12-39 inches
Soilmoist fertile soil that is well drained

  • The plant is known by the name watermint due to the watery or pond-like fragrance of the flower field.
  • The plant is seen thriving in moist places with a lot of water. The leaves have tiny hair and they have purplish veins. The plant is a perennial flowering herb.
  • The watermint has benefits in relieving the pain of sore muscles, can be used in balms, and is also known to control erosion-like situations in the soil.

10. Mojito mint

Scientific name:

Usda hardiness zone:

Height: 30 inches

Scientific nameMentha villosa
Hardiness zone4-10
SunFull to partial sunlight 
Water1-2 times a day
Length12-39 inches
Soilmoist fertile soil that is well drained
  • Mojito mint can be a success for beginner planters as they are really easy to grow. 
  • The plant yields leaves that have a zest of spiciness with a combination of spearmint flavor which is not too overpowering. 
  • The leaves are oval and are used in making popular refreshing drinks such as mojito and other beverages. The mojito mint is ideal for using some great jellies, herbal teas, etc. 

11. Licorice mint

Another name: Anise Hyssop

Scientific name:Agastache foeniculum

Usda hardiness zone: 5-11

Sun: Full to partial

Water: 1-2 times a day

Soil: well-drained loamy moist soil 

Height: 60-120 cm(4 feet)

  • The licorice mint is hardy, perennial, and has the upright growing habit, growing in bunches like bushes. The leaves of licorice are ovate and have a licorice taste.
  • The plant thrives in the sun, er tie and the flowers are blue or purple. The leaves have antioxidants that are good for the digestive system, circulatory system, and even the respiratory one. 
  • The licorice mint is used in making herbal teas, salads, soups, garnishing, etc. they are also combined with the mint to give a menthol and licorice-like taste. 

Wrapping up the context

We have listed some of the best mint plants that you can grow in your garden space or pots. We hope to see you again and that you also would have found this article helpful. Do tell us which mint plants you selected for your garden. Happy planting and enjoy some variety of mint guys! 

Thanks for reading! Happy gardening!

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