Using Corsican mint in landscape design

Did you know that Corsican mint (Mentha requienii) is used to make creme de menthe, a mint-flavored alcoholic beverage? Corsican mint is a petite plant suitable as groundcover in your landscape design. When walking on this aromatic perennial herb, the mint fragrance releases. Go barefoot to enjoy the soft, velvety leaves that grow less than 1/2 inch tall. Corsican mint is cold hardy in USDA growing zones 6 through 9. If you plant Corsican mint in USDA zones north of zone 6, this self-seeding plant may return each spring.

Include Corsican mint in landscape design

Corsican mint is not invasive like many other varieties of mint. That non-invasive behavior makes Corsican mint suitable any place in the landscape that drains well and meets the sun requirements. Choose a partial shade location or sunny location where there is late afternoon shade. The bright green leaves and tiny purple summertime blooms of Corsican mint complement many landscape design themes. Plant along a pathway, in a rock garden, or in cracks of a pathway or patio. Corsican mint is happy to share a pot with a taller plant, like geraniums or chives. As you pass by the container, break off a stem of the mint to enjoy its mint fragrance.

Planting guide

Dig a hole as deep as the nursery container in which the mint was grown. If you received an unpotted transplant, dig the hole to a depth equal to the height of the root ball. Dig the hole about twice as wide as the container (or root ball) to loosen the soil. Remove the plant from the container and place it in the hole. Add or remove soil from the bottom of the hole if necessary so the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding ground. Use the soil removed from the hole to fill in around the plant. In clay soil, you may choose to mix about 25 percent organic matter, such as leaf mold or new potting soil, with the soil removed from the hole. If planting multiple Corsican mints, set them at least 6 inches apart. The plants will spread, creating a dense mat.

If planting in a crack of a pathway, use a screwdriver or other pointed tool to increase the depth of the crack to accommodate the roots. Insert the plant, pushing the roots into the crevice with your fingers. Add potting soil to fill the crack and cover the roots.

Care

Herbs do not require much care and Corsican mint will not disappoint you. Water every seven to 10 days if there is no rainfall. Fertilizer is not necessary but you can use an all-purpose fertilizer if desired. The plant is too low to the ground to require mulch. Corsican mint will die back in colder climates with the first hard freeze. Expect to see new growth the following spring.