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  • Eventual height: 0.6m
  • Eventual spread: 1.5m

mint - basil

basil mint or Mentha × piperita f. citrata 'Basil'

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2+1 FREE 9cm pots £11.98

This herb dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or part shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
  • Rate of growth: fast
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The distinctive flavour of this herb works well with tomatoes, as well as adding a bit of zing to sliced melon or salads. It can also be used to make pesto - and it is delicious when used with balsamic vinegar. An easy to grow herb, it will soon spread to form a generous clump, and looks very pretty with its red flushed stems and lilac flowers in summer.

  • Garden care: When plants have finished flowering in summer, cut flowered shoots back to 5cm above the surface of the compost. Mint can be vigorous in the garden so unless you want a large clump, you can contain it by planting it in a large pot - but do keep it well watered.
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