I adore mint. The scent, the taste and the plants in all their wonderful diversity.
In my own garden I have everything from low growing ground cover mints to tall and leggy fluffy ones growing wild in borders and pots. They sprout tall and lilac in behind the fronds of my Iris and gracefully fill unsightly gaps in the border at my patio. In my space, the spreading nature of the mint plant is a blessing as I tend to use the many varieties for everyday tea, drying and storing for the Winter months and propagate for new plants. Due to its rampant nature however, growing mint in the garden needs to be considered very carefully.
If let, many mint varieties will soon spread to cover vast areas of ground and can become invasive in the garden. I am always harvesting the my own varieties which tends to keep them in check and I find there’s something nice about pulling the deliciously scented plants, drying them and re-potting some as gifts. If you prefer to keep them in check a little without the maintenance however then here are some handy tricks which work well.
The first is a no-brainer. Plant them in a series of beautiful containers. Less of a trick and more of a design idea, planting different varieties of mint in a series of pots is a great way of creating a conceptual design feature on a patio or a balcony and has the added bonus of scent, not to mention the many other uses for the mints in the kitchen. I love a variety of terracotta pots in different sizes all planted in different mint varieties. A super way of starting a mint collection and guaranteed to look gorgeous as a whole.
My favourite Mints- Get inspired and start your own collection: