Known as Persian Catmint, Nepeta racemosa is a truly gifted perennial that deserves a spot in any garden. Native to southwestern Asia, it forms attractive spreading clumps of ascending, upright stems, richly covered with white, blue or purple flower spikes and held above a strongly aromatic, gray-green foliage.
- Benefiting from a long-lasting blooming season from spring to fall, it is resilient to most pests and diseases, dear repellent, drought resistant, attracts hummingbirds and is easy to care for.
- A remarkably low-maintenance plant, this excellent performer is highly versatile and can be used in many situations: in the front of the perennial border, in rock gardens or in naturalistic plantings. It is also great for edging beds or paths and even as a ground cover!
Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low' - Denise Dering Design
- A full sun or part sun lover, it thrives in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Dry soils are welcomed!
- If you are looking for a ground-covering carpet, here are some compact cultivars: 'Little Titch' with pale lavender flowers. 10 in. tall (25 cm);' Snowflake' with creamy-white flowers. 12 in. tall (30 cm); 'Blue Wonders' with lavender-blue flowers. 18 in. tall (45 cm). 'Walker's Low' enjoys massive lavender-blue blooms. Up to 30 in. tall (75 cm), its noteworthy qualities have earned it many awards, including the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society (2012) and Perennial Plant of the Year (2007).
- Shear flower spikes after flowering to encourage new blooms.