Masses of flowers in summer, fragrant and an excellent plant for the border or rock garden Nepeta are a group of easy care perennials.
Most widely known as catmint, and cats do really love this plant, however this is only one of a number of related plants that carry the name in some form. Although Catmint is also used to make herbal infusions and tonics, it is the garden worthy nature of many species that appeals.
Excellent in the garden as an eding plant, the taller types can look great mixed in further back.
Most varieties have pink to purple flowers, some are taller growing than others, some mound forming and some very upright in habit.
Best grown in cool to temperate zones in full sun to part shade. A humus rich moist soil suits all, as long as it is well drained.
If you are looking for a tall variety try N. 'Six Hills Giant'. For that lower edging plant N. 'Walker's Low' is great.
- Ornamental Catmint (Nepeta faassenii)
Lavender flowers in big drift, useful in the border as a low groing edging plant
- Nepeta mussinii
This is a dwarf variety with deep purple flowers.
- Lesser Calamint (Calamintha nepeta).
- Nepeta cataria (true Catmint)
The on that cats love.
- Nepeta Walkers Low.
Very long flowering, mound forming perennial with soft pink to lavender flowers.
- Nepeta grandiflora
A tall bushy plant, very upright in habit and an excellent addition to a cottage garden or mixed border.
- Nepeta 'Longipes'
A taller growing variety to around 3ft, soft pink flowers
- Nepeta x 'Six Hills Giant'
Deeper blue flowers, long flowering clump forming perennial that grows well in full sun to light shade. Leaves resemble those of mint.
All are easy by division of established clumps in early spring as new growth commences.
You can find Nepeta plants for sale at the following nurseries.
DIGGING DOG NURSERY - phone (707) 937-1130
PO Box 471 Albion CA 95410
Hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and vines for your garden.