Mentha aquatica

£3.95

Water Mint

Highly scented, sweet smelling purplish/green evergreen foliage with whorls of deep lilac flowers. Very attractive to bees, moths and butterflies. Evergreen.

 

Description

Member of the mint family, more spearmint than the common herb and slightly subtler in scent.

Top tip: Useful for masking the edges of ponds and streams. Plant close enough to be able to brush the leaves as you pass by and release the wonderful minty fragrance.

Flowers: July/August

Height of plant: 10-20cm from soil surface.

Propagation:  As with all mints sends out runners that root into surrounding soil so can easily be divided.

How to plant:  Plant into a 5lt planting basket using heavy garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil and place on a shelf in the pond.  Fill the planting basket to a depth so that the top of the soil covering the roots is level with the rim. Make a hole in the soil to fit the roots, then hold the plant securely and fill in with soil all around the roots, pressing the soil down very firmly until the planting crate is almost filled to the brim.  For aesthetic purposes, the soil can then be top dressed with no more than 1cm of pea gravel.

Recommended planting depth:  The planting depth for this plant measured from soil surface to water surface and not including any gravel dressing is 0-10cm.