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 12-18″ apart in dry-moist, average soil that is well-drained. Drought tolerant. Plant height 12-18″.
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, Pineapple mentha suaveolens ‘variegata’
Pineapple Mint, true to its name, has a fresh, fruity aroma that lends it well to jellies, fruit salads, and desserts. This perennial’s leaves have a furrier texture than regular mint and their green and creamy white variegation looks very pretty in the garden. Pineapple Mint is especially nice in mixed pots.
Mints attract a number of good pollinators to the garden. Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are attracted to the mint when it flowers. Fortunately, Pineapple Mint does not overwhelm a garden quite as much as other types of mint. It is best to cut it back frequently nonetheless, but it’s all right to plant it near other plants, especially since its lovely leaves will contrast with the different textures in the landscape.
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.