Our Magical Mint Corner

I love a good fragrant foliage, don’t you?

Sea Change Farm has some shady spots where it’s difficult for us to grow most flowers. This year, we’ve experimented with growing foliage there instead.

Everybody says not to plant mint in your garden, because it will take over. So I wondered if that would make mint the perfect choice for this challenging microclimate in our field!

And, surprise surprise: mint is the MVP of this shady little corner.

Tough, pollinator-friendly, perennial, and of course amazing-smelling, mint is transforming our shady spots until lush, green beds.

We’re growing a bunch of different varieties of mint. Let me introduce you to some of them.

Mountain Mint

Mountain mint is a native mint that is found all over North America in various forms. It’s actually a family of over 20 different mint species!

So far, we’ve added two types of mountain mint to our collection: a thin-leaved mountain mint, and a broad-leaved one.

When it flowers, the mountain mint patch is one of the best places to find pollinators, including bees, butterflies, wasps, lady bugs, and even a humming bird on occasion.

I love arranging with our broad-leaved mountain mint especially because it has such a unique soft dusty green color, with a velvety texture that adds a special touch to anything we use it in.

Variegated Pineapple Mint

This might be the most beautiful mint that we grow! This mint has delicately mottle white and green leaves that give it a very sophisticated look.

Pineapple mint has a strong citrusy smell, maybe not exactly like pineapple, but tangier than a typical mint. Harvesting it is a sensory experience!

My only desire for our pineapple mint is that it grow slightly taller next year, so that we can use it in more types of arrangements and bouquets. Maybe it would be taller if it got more sunlight! Or perhaps it will be taller in years 2 and beyond.

Chocolate Mint

My award for best-smelling mint always goes to chocolate mint.

I’ve grown chocolate mint pretty much everywhere I’ve lived, because I love it so much! It makes wonderful tea.

Chocolate mint also makes a wonderful foliage for cut flower arrangements.

Apple Mint

Apple mint has big, soft leaves, bigger than I’ve seen on any other type of mint. It’s also got thicker, stronger stems than the other types of mint we grow.

Now that our apple mint is flowering, I am even more in love with it!

Apple mint flowers on long, wiggly, “fingers” that are so whimsical and fun. I’ve been really enjoying the texture they bring to our bouquets and arrangements.

Take a big whiff of your next flowers from us: you’ll probably smell some mint in there! I am loving these new herbs in our field.

Do you have a favorite kind of mint? Any mints that you think we should add to our collection? Let me know!

Samantha is the owner of Sea Change Farm & Flower.

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