Cats love the temporary euphoria received by sniffing these plants. Used in herbal medicine for their mild sedative effect on humans. These plants have sturdy stems with aromatic gray-green foliage. Drought tolerant. Bloom time is spring to fall.
Low mounding, clean-cut look that lasts all summer. This plant produced large lavender-blue flowers. Excellent for front of the border.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Spring, Summer, Fall
Most catmints prefer full sun and well-drained, not overly fertile soil, although plants in hot summer areas do well with some afternoon shade. Established plants are quite drought tolerant.
Container grown plants can be set out throughout the growing season. Space smaller cultivars 18-24 inches apart; taller varieties should be set about 30 inches apart. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.
Shear back plants by one-third after their first flush of bloom is past to neaten plants and encourage a second flush of flowers later in the summer. Keep plants vigorous by dividing every 3-4 years in spring or early fall. Give newly set out or divided plants regular watering until established. While not as enticing to cats as true catnip, felines may still try to roll on catmints. If there are cats around, it’s a good idea to protect young plants for a while with a dome made out of chicken wire. An annual layer of compost in fall or spring should provide catmint with all the nutrients it needs.
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.