Although full sun tolerant, mint will thrive in a partly shaded area with plenty of moisture. Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed, spacing plants 18″ apart in dry-moist, average soil that is well-drained. Drought tolerant. Plant height 18-24″.
To keep plants looking their best, cut plants back regularly by a third periodically to promote a fuller appearance. In the fall, you can cut the plants just above ground level. Be sure to mulch over the top if winters are harsh in your area. Mulch annually with well-rotted compost for best results.
Does well in containers or mixed pots. Attracts bees and butterflies. Deer, insect and mouse resistant.
Mint, Basil mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘basil’
Basil Mint is an upright growing plant with rounded, thick, dark green foliage with a reddish-purple tinge and purple-mauve flowers. A unique mint with a sweet and spicy scent and flavor. Can be used in Italian cooking as well as the other beneficial uses of mint. Use in salads, to make pesto, oil & vinegar infusions, and herbal tea.
Like most mints, this variety may be invasive in the garden. Consider growing in containers or pots to limit its growth.
Mints attract a number of good pollinators to the garden. Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are attracted to the mint when it flowers. Great in combination pots with other herbs.
Mint is best when used fresh. Pinch leaves as needed. Frequent harvesting of leaves will keep the plant bushy and productive. To harvest, gather bunches and hang on drying racks or spread on screens until completely dry. Strip leaves from the stems and store in airtight containers. Dried mint, when stored in airtight containers, will retain its flavor and scent.