There are many mint herbs - you could make a fabulous collection of the different types.
There are 20 varieties here over this page and the next one and it's just the tip of them - there are over 400 different varieties of the mint herb.
Some nurseries actually specialise in different types.
If you were thinking about starting a Backyard Nursery then mint would be a very good choice to specialise in.
This is the mint that most of us think of first.
It's the most common - it's one that I've got in my garden.
The stems are black in the mature plant.
This is the one that sends cats mad!
They will roll and drool all over it - use some to put inside a soft toy for your cat and they'll love you forever.
You can really taste and smell the apple in this mint.
Very popular and useful
A variegated version of apple mint.
This is really pretty - like most variegated varieties, it is less hardy.
However, it will still grow like a weed if left unchecked!
You can smell and taste the banana in this mint.
This photo was taken early in the season and you can see that the leaves are a little yellow - the herb nursery were still tidying up stock for sale.
Yes - this really is a variety of mint.
It is the smallest - can you see how tiny the leaves and flowers are.
Notice also that it is cascading - it will cover quite an area given time.
See the curly leaves on this variety.
It's a traditional mint - the added value of it is the look of the fancy leaves.
This has a slight peppery flavor to it.
It smells of ginger and you can taste the heat.
It grows quite tall - around 2 feet.
A citrus mint - grapefruit.
You can smell and taste it - it is quite delightful.
Useful for drinks and in pot pourri.
Another citrus mint - this time, lemon.
As before, you can smell and taste it and it's useful for drinks and pot pourri.
'spicata' is spearmint and the traditional mint used to make mint sauce. All the herbs at the bottom 'spicata' are a type of spearmint.
Another small mint variety.
It grows quite thickly making dense mats.
Not quite as small as the Corsican though.
IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, THEN AVOID USING PENNYROYAL - IT IS AN EMMENAGOGUE IN THE 'STRONG' CATEGORY AND PROBABLY CLASSED AS AN ABORTIFICANT
A very attractive variegated form of mint.
A distinct smell and flavor of pineapple.
This would be useful for adding to drinks and making pot pourri
The following herbs were photographed by me on a trip I had to Iden Croft Herbs Garden in Kent, UK.
It was a lovely sunny day as you can see - the smell of all the herbs was fantastic.
They hold the NCCPG (National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens) collections for Mentha and Nepata (catmint) and Origanum.
The last photo is of course, not from there but my friend, Corinne's cat Alfie lying in his personal patch of catmint.