Each year Garden Media Group comes out with their top list of landscape trends for the upcoming year. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting these trends. Next up? “Get Minted”
Soft mint green is a color that we are seeing a lot of this season. Quickly becoming the new neutral color for indoor and outdoor décor, this hue is described as “optimistic, upbeat and invigorating”. In the garden, mint green blends well into the surrounding landscape when used on patio furniture and garden décor. Because of the neutral nature of soft green it works well with other colors and is a great way to add a little pop of color, while still feeling serene and calming.
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Mint the plant is also seeing a spike in popularity as there seems to be more uses that ever for it in the kitchen. Mint can be used to make tea, cocktails and is delicious when combined with fruit in a fresh salad. Mint is also known to aid in digestion, sooth a sore throat and relieves anxiety.
Growing mint is a breeze and is a welcome addition to any herb garden. With some full sun and very little watering, it can thrive even when neglected and grow for many years on it’s own. Be aware that it spreads rapidly via suckering roots. Be sure to give this plant room to spread and you will have enough to harvest all summer long. It can even be dried to be used in the winter months. Mint is also a great pollinator plant in a perennial garden.
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Some additional benefits of mint are that the pungent (yet pleasant) aroma deters biting insects such as gnats and mosquitos. When planted along a patio or deck you can enjoy the scent, especially in the early morning or evening, and keep the bugs at bay as well.
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If you are thinking about growing mint be aware that there are many types and varieties available. Spearmint and peppermint are two of the most popular perennial varieties, but did you know there are flavored mints as well? Some of these varieties have hints of chocolate, orange, pineapple, lavender flavors and more! Be sure to check and see if the mint you are considering is annual or perennial in our area. We hope you give it a try! Get minted!
For a full list of the trends visit https://www.gardenmediagroup.com/trends