Nepeta, or Catmint, is an attractive, easy-to-grow perennial that has many cultivars in various shades of blue. They grow well in a wide range of soils and are drought tolerant. Due to their easy-to-grow reputation, they are a great choice for perennial gardening beginners.
They are resistant to the foraging of deer and rabbits, but cats are literally addicted to them. Nepeta cataria (common catnip) and a few other Nepeta contain nepetalactone which causes temporary euphoria in cats.
After the first flush of blue flowers you can cut the plant back to promote new and more abundant blooms. The blooms attract pollinators.
Nepeta is available in our Quart Perennials.
Nepeta Blue Prelude
Nepeta subsessilis Prelude™ Blue is a first-year flowering perennial. The plants have a mounding habit and a long flowering season. During flowering, the plants are covered in small, blue orchid-like blooms. Leaves have a minty fragrance. It has good disease and pest resistance.
Plant in full sun to part sun 36-48″ apart. Grows to 28-36″ tall and 24-30″ wide. The higher height and width are usually not reached until the second year after planting.
Trim plants back to the ground each Fall.