mint - basil

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

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Buy mint - basil basil mint / Mentha × piperita f. citrata 'Basil': Superb in pesto, has the scent of both basil and mint!

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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