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Old 03-06-2018, 01:29 AM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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Is there a cold hardy EVERGREEN mint?

Sage, rosemary, savory, thyme and lavender are in the mint family (Lamiaceae) and are evergreen perennials. However, some types of them aren't as cold hardy as others at temperatures below freezing point and although the roots may survive they may drop a lot of leaves during winter. If you get a really deep, deep freeze that freezes the soil and roots that will kill them.

Most plants in the mint family behave as perennials that drop leaves and die back in late autumn and then send up new shoots in early spring. The only other one besides the above noted ones that I grow as evergreens and comes closest to growing year round and being evergreen is Monarda (aka bee balm - my most favourite minty plant of them all, the flowers are delicious too). As the bee balm's previous spring, summer and autumn seasons growths are dying back in late autumn to early winter it will be already starting to grow new ground cover shoots and leaves. Those leaves will stay small and bright green as a spreading ground cover under the snow right through the winter. That ground cover winter growth will immediately take on a big spurt of growth and the stems shoot straight up in height as soon as the snow has melted off them. I've found that my red bee balm is more hardy against sudden frosts than my pink or violet bee balm.

Bee balm: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...lm&FORM=IARRSM

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Old 03-06-2018, 09:05 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Question about mint: Does it attract rabbits? There are a million here and they're very destructive. I'd like to plant a no-care ground cover they won't like. SoCal area.
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:25 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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Question about mint: Does it attract rabbits? There are a million here and they're very destructive. I'd like to plant a no-care ground cover they won't like. SoCal area.

Rabbits usually tend to avoid really strong smelling plants in the mint family, or any of the herbs that have a strong smell and hot peppery taste. But if rabbits are over populated and starving they will eat any plant that isn't poisonous. An alternative to mint (which can become invasive) is periwinkle for a ground cover, I've noticed rabbits will avoid that (it is poisonous) and it is an attractive, no-care ground cover.

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Old 03-11-2018, 05:35 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Rabbits usually tend to avoid really strong smelling plants in the mint family, or any of the herbs that have a strong smell and hot peppery taste. But if rabbits are over populated and starving they will eat any plant that isn't poisonous. An alternative to mint (which can become invasive) is periwinkle for a ground cover, I've noticed rabbits will avoid that (it is poisonous) and it is an attractive, no-care ground cover.

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