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 18-24″ apart in dry-moist, average soil that is well-drained. Drought tolerant. Plant height 12-36″.
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, Mountain pycnathemum pilosum
Mountain Mint, also known as American Mountain Mint or Hairy Mountain Mint, is native to North America. It is typically found in open woods, meadows, rocky slopes, prairies and along streams. An easy, vigorous grower that spreads by rhizomes, established plants are very tolerant of drought like conditions.
Mountain Mint flowers best if grown in full sun, tolerates partial shade and attracts a number of good pollinators to the garden. Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are attracted to the mint when it flowers. It’s floral, peppermint like aroma makes a great mint like tea and lends itself to many meat dishes.
Mints have a tendency to be quite invasive; so many people plant their mints in pots or containers. However, if you want to keep mint in your garden, try planting your seedlings in bottomless number ten cans, or surround them with a barrier that is at least ten inches deep – laundry baskets work well for this. Just be sure to drill plenty of holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. If you have a damp spot in your garden area, consider planting mint as a groundcover as it likes a moist soil.
Mint is best when used fresh. Dried mint, when stored in airtight containers, will retain its flavor and scent. To harvest, gather bunches and hang on drying racks or spread on screens until completely dry.