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 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, Chocolate mentha piperita ‘chocolate’
Chocolate mint is true to its name and makes a delicious and especially refreshing iced tea. Since it has just a hint of cocoa scent, it is especially well-suited to sweets. The leaves are darker and the plant is smaller than most mints, so it is a lovely addition to the garden. Try making a homemade mint ice cream with this, or putting a tiny amount in fruit salad. Of course Chocolate mint is delicious in any chocolate dessert, such as chocolate mousse, or in hot chocolate.
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 other mints, but cut back occasionally nonetheless.
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.