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 6-9″ apart in dry-moist, average soil that is well-drained. Plant height 4-6″.
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.
Does well in containers or mixed pots. Attracts bees and butterflies. Deer, insect and mouse resistant.
Mint, Variegated Peppermint mentha x piperita
Variegated Peppermint has beautiful, creamy variegation, tightly compact, highly fragrant and flavorful – what more could you want in this lovely peppermint variety? It’s hardy and easy to grow, and not too fussy about soil either. Peppermint is most excellent for tea and candy because it has a sweeter scent than other mints, but it can still be used in savory dishes.
Mints attract a number of good pollinators to the garden. Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are attracted to the mint when it flowers. 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. Note: variegation may vary from plant to plant.
Mint is best when used fresh. To harvest, gather bunches and hang on drying racks or spread on screens until completely dry. Dried mint, when stored in airtight containers, will retain its flavor and scent.