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Mint! Love me some mint tea...and I also hear that rats hate mint and will stay away if you have it in your garden.

Mint! Love me some mint tea...and I also hear that rats hate mint and will stay away if you have it in your garden.

Variegated mint only grows 4-6" high and would be a perfect groundcover to keep away insects and mice, plus it smells great. It's a much better option than ivy.

Variegated mint only grows 4-6" high and would be a perfect groundcover to keep away insects and mice, plus it smells great. It's a much better option than ivy.

Chocolate Mint Plant:  This amazing leaf can be added to brownies, cakes and ice creams and even cocktails. You can even steep it in a cup of hot water to get the chocolate mint flavor and aroma without the sugar.

Secret Ingredient: Fresh, Organic Chocolate Mint Leaves

Chocolate Mint Plant: This amazing leaf can be added to brownies, cakes and ice creams and even cocktails. You can even steep it in a cup of hot water to get the chocolate mint flavor and aroma without the sugar.

My second favorite... My granny loved hydrangeas or snow ball bushes.... I think of her every time I see them! Every house of the south should have at least one bush :)

My second favorite... My granny loved hydrangeas or snow ball bushes.... I think of her every time I see them! Every house of the south should have at least one bush :)

Too much mint in your garden? Here are some good ideas for using it.

Too much mint in your garden? Here are some good ideas for using it.

For a lovely garnish, candy mint leaves by brushing them with egg white frothed with water, then dust with powdered sugar and lay on waxed paper to crystallize.

For a lovely garnish, candy mint leaves by brushing them with egg white frothed with water, then dust with powdered sugar and lay on waxed paper to crystallize.

Herbs such as mint, cilantro and parsley mingle with nemesia and cucumber.

Herbs such as mint, cilantro and parsley mingle with nemesia and cucumber.

Stock Photo of  bugleweed bugle weed ajuga purple mint flowers flower walk

Stock Photo of bugleweed bugle weed ajuga purple mint flowers flower walk

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