The catmint plant, Nepeta faassenii, ‘Walker’s Low’, is the most widely grown of all catmint plants. All catmint varieties are also very ornamental.
Catmint is its common name and Nepeta is its botanical name. Catmints are members of the mint family, and the leaves can be used for herbal teas, the same as mint leaves are used.
I recommend that you plant catmint where you need a low-growing perennial flower to spill over the edges of patios, walkways and tumble over rockwalls.
The beautiful purple-blue flowers bloom steadily in the summer sun for a long time.
The catmint is great for adding color to your herb garden, and also, when planted in a border it looks great with yellow or pink flowers.
The fragrant cascading blue-green foilage, besides from being aromatic, is very attractive as well.
Nepeta catmint starts blooming in early summer and continues until frost, if spent flower spikes are sheared off.
How To Buy Catmint
You can buy catmint here by clicking in this link, but before you do, there are things you need to know.
When buying a catmint plant, be sure to obtain cutting-grown plants, because seedlings will vary in flower color and also in growth habit.
Of course the plants offered by my affiliate garden nursery, only sells cutting-grown plants, so you will not be disappointed when the plants start growing and flowering.
Growing Catmint Plants
If you grow it in full sun it will flower the best. It will tolerate light shade, but will not bloom as much.
The plants grow well in average to sandy soil, but the soil must drain well.
Catmints tend to die out in clay or wet soils. Moderate to light moisture is the best.
Plant established cutting-grown plants in spring or fall.
Avoid fertilizing and mulching as the plants actually like a bit of neglect.
After flowering, shear back by about one-third to one-half to promote fresh foilage and more blooms.
Divide the catmints in spring every 3-4 years as needed.
The plants are usually pest and disease free, though cats may roll on them. However my cat leaves it alone.
Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ is the largest, growing to 4 feet and spreading to 4 feet. It has violet-blue flowers on 24-26 inch spikes.
Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ is a low-growing variety about 12-18 inches tall. It looks lovely cascading over a raised bed.
N. sibirica ‘Siberian Catmint’, is native to Siberia. Large violet-blue flower spikes in early summer. Plants grow to about 2-3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Zones 4-9.