Gray-green, aromatic foliage gives way to a plethora of soft lavender-blue flowers which are produced over a long period in summer. Although the stems are 2-3 feet long, the plant's arching habit brings the height down to 18 to 24 inches if it is not staked. When Nepeta's stems are broken, they release an aroma into the air that tends to attract cats, thus its common name, Catmint.
Nepetas are easy to grow perennials that provide a beautiful show of color all summer long. They prefer to be planted in full sun and ordinary, well-drained soil. Shearing the plant back in the springtime will promote more compact growth. In addition, cutting plants back by half after their first bloom tends to stimulate a second bloom cycle.
Daylily (Hemerocallis ), Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis sylvatica), Geranium-Hardy (Geranium ), Grass-Ornamental (Miscanthus sinensis), Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa columbaria), Pinks (Dianthus ), Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum), Sundrop-Ozark (Oenothera missouriensis), Wand Flower (Gaura lindheimeri)
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Cut flower or foliage
Deer and rabbit resistant
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