“Mint” is a fast-growing, aromatic herb plant in the Mentha genus. There are literally hundreds of mint plant varieties and far too many to name here. However, a number of these mint types are commonly grown in the garden. Most types of mint require the same, or similar, growing conditions. They like full sun to partial shade and most prefer moist, but well-draining, soil.

Each mint variety has its own flavor or scent, though some may be similar. Most, however, vary greatly between mint types. Be sure the type you choose not only is well suited to your growing region, but also its intended use in the garden. Not all mint varieties are used for culinary purposes. Some are better utilized for their aromatic properties or aesthetic appearances while others, like field mint, are normally treated as medicinal plants.

Listed below are some of the more commonly grown varieties of mint for the garden:

  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Pineapple mint
  • Apple mint (Woolly mint)
  • Pennyroyal
  • Ginger mint
  • Horsemint
  • Red Raripila mint
  • Catmint
  • Chocolate mint
  • Orange mint
  • Lavender mint
  • Grapefruit mint
  • Calamint
  • Licorice mint
  • Basil mint
  • Chewing Gum mint
  • Watermint
  • Corn or Field mint etc.