What can I plant with calamint?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

When it comes to planting companions for calamint, there are several options that can enhance the overall beauty and aesthetic appeal of your landscape. One popular choice is to interplant calamint with ornamental grasses, such as switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis). These grasses not only provide a contrasting texture to the delicate leaves of calamint but also add height and movement to the landscape.

Another option is to create a monochromatic theme by planting other white flowers alongside calamint. For example, ‘Galaxy White’ Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus sp.) can be a stunning companion with its tall spikes of white flowers. White coneflowers (Echinacea) can also be a great addition, as they not only complement the color palette but also attract pollinators to your garden.

In my own experience, I have found that calamint pairs well with a variety of other plants. One combination that I particularly enjoyed was planting calamint alongside lavender. The contrast between the purple flowers of the lavender and the soft pink blooms of calamint created a visually pleasing display. Additionally, both plants share a similar preference for well-drained soil and full sun, making them compatible in terms of growing conditions.

When choosing companions for calamint, it is important to consider factors such as sunlight requirements, soil preferences, and overall growth habits. Calamint thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-drained soil. Therefore, it is essential to select plants that have similar needs to ensure they will grow well together.

Interplanting calamint with ornamental grasses like switchgrass and prairie dropseed can add texture and height to your landscape. Alternatively, creating a monochromatic theme with white flowers like ‘Galaxy White’ Lily of the Nile and white coneflowers can create a visually striking display. Ultimately, the choice of companions for calamint depends on your personal preferences and the specific conditions of your garden. Experimenting with different combinations can lead to stunning results and a unique landscape.