Plant Family / Nepeta - Catmints
Known as Catmint or Catnip, Nepeta is a truly gifted perennial that deserves a spot in any garden. Extremely attractive, its billowing foliage is topped with flower spikes in shades of white, blue, purple or even yellow. The purple-blue varieties are often used as a substitute for lavender plants, where lavender is not particularly hardy. Slightly aromatic the foliage is gray-green with a delicate, lacy appearance. Thanks to the repeat blooms throughout the season, Nepeta benefits from a long-lasting blooming season from spring to fall. Resilient to most pests and diseases, it is dear repellent, drought resistant, attracts hummingbirds and is easy to care for.
Very free flowering and one of the tallest, Catmint 'Six Hills Giant' is a vigorous herbaceous perennial noted for its billowing, aromatic, gray-green foliage that is topped with spikes of rich violet-blue flowers in early summer with repeat blooms throughout the growing season.
Award-winning Catmint 'Walker's Low' (Nepeta racemosa) is a popular herbaceous perennial noted for its massive lavender-blue blooms on short spikes, atop aromatic, gray-green foliage in early summer, continuing on and off through early fall if spent flowers are regularly removed.
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.