Peppermint (Garden Starter Plant)
Mentha × piperita
Many herbs are easy to grow, and this is definitely true for peppermint. Square stems tend to run rampantly over — and under — soil. In small garden spaces, it’s best to tuck peppermint into a pot to curtail its wandering ways. Peppermint thrives alongside water gardens or in damp spots in the yard, but will also survive in drier soil. Lushest growth occurs in moist soil in partial shade. Crush fresh leaves into water for a refreshing beverage, or add to iced tea. You can also dry leaves for flavoring dishes or beverages and making desserts like meringues, cookies, or cakes. Pick leaves frequently. Plants open lavender blooms in late summer. Tolerates light frost.
- Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Spacing: 18-24 inches
- Plant size: 12-36 inches tall
- Garden use: Herb gardens, beside water gardens, in low, wet spots, or in containers
- Culinary use: Use leaves fresh, dried, or frozen in water
* Photos and description courtesy of Bonnie Plants.