Nepeta (Catmint)

A reliable, easy to grow and low maintenance choice for a wide variety of gardens, Nepeta (Catmint) is wonderfully versatile. Not only does it produce beautiful lavender-blue flowers for an extended period of time throughout late spring and summer but these tough plants can provide a colourful display in mixed or herbaceous borders or a patio container. Nepeta is also a fantastic plant for attracting bees into your garden.


Nepeta Varieties

Nepeta faassenii ‘Purrsian Blue’

nepeta faassenii 'purrsian blue'
Flowering timeSummer – autumn
Sun requirementsFull sun
SoilWell-drained soil
Hardiness Very hardy
SizeGrows to approx. 50cm x 100cm spread

Nepeta faassenii ‘Whispurr Pink’

Flowering timeLate spring – summer
Sun requirementsFull sun
SoilWell-drained soil
HardinessVery hardy
SizeGrows to approx. 50cm x 70cm spread

Nepeta Neptune

nepeta neptune
Flowering timeSummer – autumn
Sun requirementsFull sun
SoilWell-drained soil
Hardiness Very hardy
SizeGrows to approx. 10cm x 50cm spread

Nepeta racemose ‘Walkers Low’

nepeta racemose
Flowering timeSpring – summer
Sun requirementsFull sun or partial shade
SoilWell-drained soil
HardinessVery hardy
SizeGrows to approx. 10cm x 50cm spread


Nepeta Growing Guide

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Planting

Nepeta is best planted outside, in spring. Plant in soil that will easily drain and in a spot that will be covered in full sun.

Pruning

Cut at the base of the stems after the plant has died back in late autumn.

The plant can also be reduced in late May to enable a stockier form to grow.


Nepeta Planting Ideas

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Nepeta Neptune

Nepeta look fantastic when planted alongside tall grasses and high reaching Alliums. The contrast this combination creates helps to produce a whimsical feel to any area and add all-round interest.


Nepeta Fact

The name Nepeta is derived from an ancient Etruscan city called Nepete, but is more commonly referenced as ‘Catmint’ due to the euphoric effect it can have on house cats.