There are many different types and forms of mint available to gardeners.  Different types of Mint have different leaves and deliver different aromas and flavours.  I adore mint and over the years I have grown every type I’ve been able to find.  I’m always searching for the best flavoured mints to grow in my garden.

Mint is a vigorous growing plant and that can quickly take over a bed   I always recommend growing mint in containers to prevent Mint from taking over your garden. 

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (‘Gerwat’) (PBR) was selected as the winner of the RHS Plant of the Centenary, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show back in May 2013.  What makes this plant so special?  ‘Rozanne’ has a lot to offer.  This hardy geranium produces large (5cm) intense, violet-blue coloured flowers that have white centres and this plant has a longer flowering period than many other geraniums. 

In the UK, Viscum album is normally referred to by its common name, Mistletoe.  Mistletoe grows up in the branches of trees where it forms spherical ball-shaped plants comprised of many stems holding pairs of lovely fresh-green coloured, leathery leaves.  This evergreen shrub produces tiny white flowers followed by shiny white berries.  The oval leaves are borne in pairs and are very attractive and are naturally enhanced by the edition of gleaming Mistletoe berries, which appear in September and take many months to ripen. 

Dipsacus fullonum is a biennial or perennial plant that’s found growing in the wild in a widespread area across Europe and even as far as regions approaching North West Africa.  In the UK, Dipsacus fullonum is usually known as the Teasel, but due to how far reaching this plant’s range is – I am certain that there must be countless different common names for Dipsacus fullonum.

Pea ‘Sugar Magnolia’ plants feature green leaves and stems that produce handsome Burgundy and lilac coloured flowers that are followed by purple pea pods. filled with fresh-green coloured peas.  The colour of ‘Sugar Magnolia’ pea pods varies a little from plant to plant.  Some plants produce pea pods with a uniform colour of deepest indigo-purple and others look rather more like well-loved (and washed) vintage denim with an inky-purple pod and a soft pea-green colour revealed in patches over the fullest part of the pea pod and along the pod’s outer edge. 

‘Oskar’ is a first-early pea from the Czech Republic.  This is a green podded pea with white flowers and green peas.  I enjoy growing this pea because it can be sown very early in the season to form naturally strong, resilient plants that produce sweet and tender, delicious peas.   If you prefer mangetout peas, simply harvest ‘Oskar’ pea pods while they are still young, before the peas have had a chance to swell. 

The Rose of the Year Competition is a prestigious annual rose competition that sees new roses trialled for two years prior to their release.  The roses competing for the coveted title of the Rose of the Year are grown alongside each other in a diverse range of locations, from Aberdeen, Hampshire, Northern Ireland, and East Anglia; each location offers differing soil, climate, growing conditions and challenges. 

‘Hestia’ is a dwarf runner bean.  Due to its small size, ‘Hestia’ is a superb choice of plant to grow in containers.  I’ve found that the height of ‘Hestia’ runner beans varies depending on the compost or soil they are growing in and the size of the container used.  Sometimes these plants appreciate a short wigwam of bamboo canes to tentatively climb or some short pea sticks to direct the plants upwards and prevent the plants from spreading out sideways too waywardly, but more often than not, no support is necessary and ‘Hestia’ runner bean plants will happily grow without any supports. 

When I think of ‘Half Pint’ peas, I remember the saying, ‘Nice things come in small packages‘.  For me, all peas make attractive plants but I must say that ‘Half Pint’ peas’ small stature only serves to enhance their appearance and these dainty little pea plants really are very pretty and endearing.  A true miniature-sized plant, ‘Half Pint’ peas grow up to an absolute maximum of 15–20cm (6-8inch) tall. 

Dwarf French bean ‘Mistik’ (known by their botanical name, Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Mistik’) is a French bean that produces short, low-growing plants with attractive purple-lilac coloured flowers and handsome deep-purple coloured French beans.  Due to their dark colour, purple ‘Mistik’ French beans really stand out against the plants’ green foliage when you view the plants, which makes finding the beans so much easier at harvest time, compared to French beans with green pods. 

Dwarf French bean ‘Adoration’ are also known by their botanical name, Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Adoration’.  ‘Adoration’ is a French bean that produces short, low-growing plants with pretty white flowers and pale, buttery-yellow coloured French beans.  ‘Adoration’ French beans retain all their delightful yellow colour when cooked.  Dwarf French bean ‘Adoration’ is also known as a bush bean – bush bean is just another common name for dwarf French beans.

Please don’t be put off by my photograph of sweet pepper ‘Panache’.  I share this image to show you just how robust this sweet pepper variety is.  This sweet pepper ‘Panache’ plant you can see in the image above was grown in a cut off water storage container filled with some lovely peat-free compost.  The plant received attention from slugs and snails, yet despite this my ‘Panache’ sweet pepper plant was incredibly productive and produced an abundance of delicious sweet peppers! 

Chilli pepper ‘Draky’ (Capsicum annuum) is a chilli pepper that produces large-sized chilli peppers that ripen from green to red.  ‘Draky’ chilli pepper plants are cone-shaped, because of their size and shape, ‘Draky’ chilli peppers resemble a sweet pepper in their appearance.  These chillies are an ideal size and shape to be served as a stuffed vegetable; fill the peppers with a range of ingredients from rice, herbs, and spices; or use them to create more unusual dishes. 

Chilli Pepper ‘Pepperilli’ (Capsicum Pepperilli™ TZ 5488 F1) is an attractive and productive chilli pepper with large-sized chillies that ripen from green to red.  ‘Pepperilli’ makes a superb container plant for planters filled with peat-free growing media, but in summertime ‘Pepperilli’ plants can also be planted out in garden beds and borders as well as in allotments and raised beds. 

Chilli Pepper ‘Sivri Biber’ (Capsicum annuum) produces long and slender chillies that are a popular ingredient in Turkish cuisine.  ‘Sivri Biber’ chilli peppers are blessed with a sweet and mellow flavour.  They are usually considered as mild flavoured chillies, but heat levels vary; older ‘Sivri Biber’ peppers and mature peppers that have ripened from green to red can sometimes be surprisingly spicy!

Polish-bred ‘Polka’ is an autumn-cropping (primocane) raspberry.  This is one of my favourite raspberries to grow; I adore these beautiful fruits and admire their attractive sheen.  ‘Polka’ raspberries ripen a week or two earlier than ‘Autumn Bliss’ and most of the other autumn-fruiting raspberries.  ‘Polka’ produces a large harvest of raspberries from late summer all the way through to late autumn.

Canadian bred Raspberry ‘Tulameen’ is a summer-fruiting (floricane) raspberry.  This cultivar is a late-summer cropping variety with raspberries that start ripening in July and continue cropping until the end of August.  ‘Tulameen’ raspberries have a delicious flavour.  These raspberry plants are very productive, producing an abundance of sweet tasting fruit.  I have found that ‘Tulameen’ is a naturally healthy and strong growing cultivar.

‘Glen Coe’ is a mid-season, summer-fruiting (floricane) raspberry hybrid that was raised by the Scottish Crop Research Institute.  A hybrid bred from ‘Glen Prosen’ and an unnamed thornless black raspberry; ‘Glen Coe’ is raspberry with a fantastic flavour!  My ‘Glen Coe’ raspberries usually fruit from June until the middle of August.  This is my favourite raspberry, as it produces the best flavoured and most amazing tasting fruit!

Basil is probably my favourite herb.  There are a stunning selection of basil varieties available, each with their own flavour.  Different basil types each have their charm and depending on the variety will produce tiny, small, medium, or extra-large sized leaves.  I adore the flavour of a vast array of basil varieties, and I really enjoy growing basil from seed and cuttings.

Erigeron annuus is a charming plant which is sometimes called Tall Fleabane.  In the UK, Erigeron annuus plants produce tall sprays of small white-petalled, yellow-centred daisies from June to the end of October (early summer to early autumn).  These plants display a relaxed and floaty air, which is always welcome in my garden.  Erigeron annuus has that gorgeous meadowy vibe!  Plants have a naturally open habit, which allows us many opportunities to see what other plants are growing amongst them.