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 10-18″.
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, Banana mentha arvensis ‘banana’
Banana Mint is a low growing, prostrate plant with bright green foliage and small lilac flowers. It has a remarkable banana scent and flavor. Use leaves to flavor teas, cold drinks, ice cream, cookies and muffins.
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. Not as invasive as some mints, but cut back occasionally nonetheless or consider growing in containers.
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.