Catmint (Nepeta) is a wonderful ground covering shrub that produces strikingly blue flowers. It comes from the Larniaceae family and has a beautiful aroma to it. The catmint however, does often gets mistaken for Lavender thanks to its grey foliage and tubular blue flowers.
These plants can be annuals but are more commonly perennials.
It’s name relates to where it is thought to have originated from – Nepeta a Roman town where it was used to repel insects and for herbal tea.
It is easy to grow, preferring soil that is well drain and either sand, loam or chalk. Plant catmint in a sunny location or where there is partial shade so it can thrive.
Being a ground covering plant means it shouldn’t grow very tall. It will take anywhere between two and five years for them to grow to to an overall height and width of 0.5 – 1 metre.
It will flower from the early summer, right through into autumn, so long as it is deadheaded regularly.
It is perfect for flower borders, courtyard gardens, mediterranean and country styled gardens too. They work well in rockeries and containers placed on a patio too.
We have a range of catmint available for you to buy. If you need any further assistance or have any questions about catmint, then please do get in touch with one of our friendly team members who’ll be more than happy to help you.
This wonderful little perennial has an enduring popularity in British gardens, the neat little clumps of aromatic grey-green foliage supports a profusion of flower stems clothed with Lavender blue flowers that are adored by bees.
The larger growing Catmint, much bolder clumps of grey-green aromatic foliage are topped by a riot of lavender blue flowers held on upright stems throughout the summer months. These are great plants for a sunny flower borders or amongst larger roses