Many of us love mint. With many different flavors of mint available at garden centers, it is easy to want to plant one of each. Planning ahead makes this possible to do, but lack of planning may have you tearing them all out.
Mint grows as a groundcover. The underground runners spread quickly and are difficult to remove if containment is desired. In other words, mint is often considered invasive. Planting in pots placed into the ground prevents its escape. Attractive in barrels or pots by the kitchen, mint leaves and flowers can be easily available for cooking or beverages.
To prevent plants from looking rangy, frequently cut or pinch back new growth. Pinching off the flower buds produces more lush leaves and fuller plants.
Mints grow well in sun or part shade, preferring well-drained but moist soil. Although not particular about soil type, enriching clay soil with compost will improve the overall plant appearance and taste.
Most mints grow 18” to 30” tall. Plant at least 2’ apart to prevent cross-pollination of different varieties. As a perennial, the plant may disappear in the winter, but will return in spring to be ready for those mint juleps.