Mohito Mint (Mentha x villosa) – The essential ingredient in Ernest Hemmingway’s favourite cocktail, the Mohito, a blend of rum, sugar, lime juice, club soda and spearmint. This is the true Mohito mint from Cuba which has only been available in Canada since 2006. You can start harvesting once the plant is 8 to 10″ tall. Grows 18 to 24″ high by 36″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Orange Mint (Mentha aquatica ‘Citrata’)(syn. Mentha x piperita var. citrata) – Also known as Bergamot mint, this plant has rounded green leaves often tinted bronze. It is high in vitamin C and a good choice to flavour vinegars, fruit juices, ice teas and fruit salads. Like all mints, it is quite invasive and is best grown with space or in a container. Grows 24″ high by 24-36″ wide. Zone 5.
Pineapple Mint (Mentha suaveolens ‘Variegata’) – A cultivar of Apple mint with coarse mid-green foliage and attractive creamy-white margins (it will sometimes sport pure white leaves and stems). A good choice in fruit salads or as a garnish with baked ham. Pineapple mint grows well in partial shade and even soil moisture. Grows 12-24″ high by 18-24″ wide. Zone 6.
English Mint (Mentha spicata ‘English’)(syn. ‘English Lamb Mint’, Mentha spicata var. ciliata, Mentha viridis) – The quintessential culinary spearmint used to flavour lamb and potato dishes. It is a native of Europe and Asia and the best choice if you only have room to grow one mint. This cultivar is also resistant to fungal rusts. Grows 18-24″ high by 36″ wide. Hardy to zone 4.
Morrocan Mint (Mentha spicata ‘Moroccan’) – A sweet Spearmint cultivar with a strong but clear taste, used to brew a traditional North African tea. Moroccan tea is made by boiling green tea with sugar, and then infusing it with fresh Spearmint. As with most mints, it is best grown it own little section of the garden or in a pot. Grows 12-18″ high by 36″ wide. Hardy to zone 4.