Plant mint in pots to keep it from taking over your garden. Terra-cotta chimney-flue liners full of mint and other herbs add architectural interest to a quiet corner.
Sometimes in the summer, I steal away to a secret spot on our farm. This is The Herbfarm’s dump, a collecting ground of cast-off potting soil and homeless plants. Here, amid motley patches of other herbs, the robust mints have made a home. And how they thrive! By July, I can stroll chest-deep through huge, healthy patches of peppermint, spearmint, and apple mint.
No kitchen garden should be without at least a few mint plants. For drinks or desserts, or to pair with savory foods, mint’s clean and bracing flavor has earned it a place in many recipes.
But mint is never content to stay put, and can be one of the most invasive plants in the garden. So to avoid starting an herbal jungle, you’ll want to keep mint in check.