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Catmint


Nepeta selections

Catmint

Catmint is one of the toughest perennials you can grow. It's a proven performer during hot, dry weather, and the silvery foliage and blue flowers look great most of the season. Deadhead or cut back hard after first flush of bloom to encourage more flowers. Average, well-drained soil is usually sufficient. Tall types may need gentle staking; it sometimes seeds freely.

As you might guess from the common name, catmint is a favorite of cats. They'll often roll around in the plants in delight.

Light:
Sun,Part Sun
Zones:
3-9
Plant Type:
Perennial
Plant Height:
4-36 inches tall
Plant Width:
12-24 inches wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Cut Flowers,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Nepeta x faassenii 'Blue Wonder' is compact at 12-15 inches tall. Its neat wrinkled leaves are grayish-green and show off the 6-inch terminal spikes of the two-lipped dark blue flowers. Zones 5-9
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Plant It With
Peony

Blooming at the same time, the sumptuous pink and rosy flowers of peonies make great partners for billowy catmint's lavender flowers in full sun.

Loosestrife

Mats of golden creeping Jenny contrast well with low sorts of catmint, highlighting their grayish foliage, loose habit, and lavender flowers.

Bee balm

In herb and butterfly gardens, bee balm is a great companion for catmint and blooms at the same time.