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 20″ apart in dry-moist, average soil that is well-drained. Drought tolerant. Plant height 12-20″.
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, Strawberry mentha piperita ‘strawberry’
Strawberry Mint is a perennial, compact variety of peppermint that bears small, mid-green leaves and has a robust, fruity strawberry smell. Easy to grow. Although not as vigorous as spearmint or mojito mint, this variety may be invasive in the garden. Consider growing in containers, pots or hanging baskets.
For a refreshing strawberry mint tea, try steeping 4-8 leaves in a cup of simmering water. For a sweeter tea, consider adding a few organic stevia leaves in with the mint leaves.
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 stems in bunches and hang on drying racks or spread on screens until completely dry. Then strip leaves from the stems and store in airtight containers. Dried mint, when stored in airtight containers, will retain both its flavor and scent.