I have a strip of land about 4 feet wide on the north side of my house that borders my neighbor. This strip is basically useless, except that my heat/air unit sits there. It is a pain to mow. In fact, it is hard to access.

I have considered planting some type of mint along this strip. In my experience, mint tends to take over, which is exactly what I want. I want something that I can call a "plant" and not a "weed" to take over this space. Also, the mint would have the added benefit of possibly producing nectar.

The only problem is that this strip is fairly shady, because there is a fence next to it and my neighbor's house is about 6 feet from the property line.

Will ordinary mint grow (and hopefully take over) in semi-shade conditions? Are there any aggressive/spreading types of mint plants that do best in shade?

Thanks,
ndvan