Mint is a fun and easy to grow herb for your Houston, Texas garden. It comes in many varieties, including spearmint, orange, apple and pineapple, and blooms with purple and white flowers. Mint does best in partial shade or filtered sun, and prefers soil with good drainage. Most varieties are very hardy, tolerating the Houston, Texas summers and winters quite well. Mint looks great in a mixed border, and also does very well in containers. Some varieties can be invasive, so be sure to keep an eye on your mint and plant it in spots in your garden where it can be controlled (or keep it in containers and hanging baskets). Mint can be used to flavor drinks and jellies, and also makes a great addition to potpourri. If you would enjoy growing this herb in your own Houston, Texas garden, try planting some of the varieties below.
Spearmint. Butterflies love this fragrant herb, which has pretty white flowers that will bloom in midsummer. They will also draw bees to your Houston, Texas garden. This variety of Mint can be invasive, so plant it in your container garden, or in a hanging basket. It will do best in your garden in full to partial sun, and can grow to be over two feet high. It tolerates the Houston, Texas heat and humidity very well. Spearmint is great for making mint juleps or mint jelly, and is a good choice for your Houston, Texas kitchen garden.
Kentucky Colonel. This herb is a cross between Spearmint and Apple, making it great for making jellies and desserts. You can also make a lovely tea with it, or use it to make mint juleps. This is another Mint that can be invasive, so be sure to plant it in a container. It will do best in full to partial sun in your Houston, Texas garden, and will bloom with lavender flowers in the spring. It will grow to be about two feet tall, and prefers to be planted in well-drained soil.
Red Stemmed Apple. The pretty red stems and red tinted leaves of this herb are very attractive, and the leaves have a lovely apple fragrance. Plant this Mint in the full sun in your Houston, Texas garden, where it will bloom in the summer with lilac flowers. Butterflies love this variety of Mint, and its leaves make a delicious tea. This variety is sometimes known as Doublemint. It’s a great choice for your Houston, Texas herb garden, and can grow to be almost three feet high.
Orange. Orange Mint has a wonderful orange fragrance as well as a tangy citrus flavor. It can grow to be two feet high, and has pretty red-tinged stems. You can use it to make orange mint jelly or to flavor drinks. Plant it in full to partial sun, where its pink and white flowers will bloom from mid to late summer in your Houston, Texas garden.