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I have used mints with greatI have used mints with great success, BECAUSE of its invasive nature. Sometimes what people hate about a plant can also be useful. I have used it to grow between many other plants and flowers, to suppress weeds and to control ants. The ants were out of control in the bare lawn when we moved in. one large bed of plants interspersed with mint kept the ant numbers down. I think they moved deeper down or something. Less ants, meant less aphids on the rose bush. i would recommend planting mint under a rose for this reason. When it has to compete in densely planted garden beds, like with masses of bulbs, it can't really go out of control. Like in this picture you showed when they are competing with other plants with figurous growth they don't go silly. Also, i think if you are sensible about the planting it is good. So, in a suburban or urban block where there are borders of hard concrete to stop it escaping it is fine. Not anywhere near native vegetation or forest or waterways where it can escape and spread.

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