Mint varieties

Mint – five varieties that can survive the winter


On the balcony, mint releases a fresh and fragrant scent. Some varieties of mint can even be left outside the whole year round. The plants then grow again in the coming season. Read on about which frost-resistant species can survive a European winter.

1. Apple mint – the fruity, mouth-watering candidate

Not surprisingly, apple mint actually tastes of apples. Mentha suaveolens, to give it its botanical name, can reach impressive heights of up to 150 cm. It is best placed in a tub on your balcony or terrace. The fruity-tasting variety of mint is best placed in a sunny to semi-shaded place, then you can enjoy it for several years to come.

2. Strawberry mint – attractive fuzzy-shaped head with a fruity scent

Strawberry mint belongs to the varieties of mint which have a particularly fruity aroma. When you rub the delicate-looking leaves, they release an aroma a bit like Black Forest gateau. You can use them to pep up your tea or use the leaves as a garnish on delicious desserts. The Mentha species thrives in pots. Thanks to its compact fuzzy-shaped head, it decorates every balcony in an attractive way. Beware: like all plants that grow in tubs, strawberry mint requires winter protection over the cold season. This also applies to species which normally brave temperatures below freezing in the wild, because the only thing coming between the icy temperatures and the root bale is the wall of the pot, which is not enough to protect against particularly frost-resistant varieties of mint.

It helps in winter to

  • place the pot on wood, the best place being close to a sunny south-facing wall.
  • Cover the plant with jute or bubble wrap.
  • Scatter sawdust, straw or needle sticks on the substrate.

3. Water mint – at home in marshy areas

Water mint also belongs to the hardy varieties of mint. As its name suggests, this plant, which can grow up to a height of 90 cm, feels most at home on water, more precisely at the edge of a pond or in shallow waters. Mentha aquatica also thrives in tubs, which should be placed in a semi-shaded to sunny location. The important thing is to keep the substrate moist.

4. Moroccan mint – popular North African variety

This is one of the most popular varieties of mint. Only peppermint, which belongs to the natural hybrids, is even more popular. But there's no accounting for taste. Moroccan mint thrives in the wild as well as in tubs and so is the ideal plant for your balcony. Like many varieties of mint, this plant, which grows to a height of up to 60 cm, requires a sunny to semi-shaded location in order to thrive. The leaves of Moroccan mint are ideal for freezing so that you can use them to embellish food and drinks the whole year round.

5. Russian mint – hardy species from Eastern Europe

Russian mint stands out due to its especially resistant nature. This means that it is virtually resistant to the dreaded mint rust, which is a fungal disease feared by many mint lovers. Originally native to Eastern Europe, the Mentha species can easily be grown in tubs or balcony boxes and flowers from July to September. A bit of drought won't hurt it. Thanks to its intense aroma, it is ideal in teas and cold drinks.