Mint Hilary's Sweet Lemon herb starter plant
About the Mint 'family': Mint is a very commonly known herb of the Lamiaceae family. Mints are very aromatic herbs with a huge amount of uses as both a culinary herb and for its scent. They are usually perennial herbs with aromatic, slightly hairy or downy leaves with serrated edges which come in a range of colours depending on the variety. One of the best uses for Mint is to be planted by a path where you'll brush past it releasing the leaf's incredible scent. Mint flowers are usually small and compact, being attractive to bees and butterflies and range from white to purple or red. The leaves are used fresh or dried for many culinary purposes and have a fresh, crisp, aromatic flavour with a very characteristic cool aftertaste. Traditionally a compliment to lamb dishes, Mint is also used in teas, drinks, jellies, syrups, candies, ice creams and sauces. The are often used to flavour dishes as well as a garnish. Apart from it's use to flavour food it is also widely used in toothpaste and for its scent in perfumes and cosmetics. Most Mints will spread quite voraciously if given the chance so it can be best to keep Mints in a pot or container.
About Hilary's Sweet Lemon Mint: Named after Hilary Clinton this Mint is a hybrid between Apple and Lime Mints. The plant has a prostrate but rounded habit with rich green foliage with hairy stems and light purple flowers during the summer. It has a strong, fruity scent similar to spearmint but with a strong hint of lemon which lends itself very well to making lemonade.
Grows to a height of around 30cm and spreads around the same.