Attractive blue flowers throughout the summer.
Cats go crazy for Catnip (Nepeta cataria), but that doesn’t mean that Catmint (Nepeta mussinii) has no appeal – cats still like to get near it!
Catmint is a worthy aromatic plant for the garden and the long flowering time can be increased even more by trimming the plant back after flowering.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
A bat friendly plant.
Can tolerate a coastal aspect with a certain amount of salt laden air.
How easy is it to grow:
This has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit . To win this impressive accolade the plants must have outstanding excellence for decorating a garden, be robust, not require highly specialist growing conditions or care and not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease.
This is excellent at edging a path or border, or for a herb garden, or patio and is very reliable if given a well drained soil.
Buy herbs online with confidence, because this is trouble free and easy.
Can be used in potpourri.
Botanical name: Nepeta x faassenii or Nepeta racemosa or Nepeta mussinii.
Catmint culinary uses:
Use leaves in soups and sauces. Also tea can be made from the leaves and flowers.
The best position in the garden:
Prefers sun, but will tolerate semi-shade.
Is it useful as a groundcover plant?
Yes, good for filling a gap at the front of a border.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil, also tolerates acidic soil and chalky soil.
How much moisture:
Normal moisture, or dryish stony ground. Also dry semi shade.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Size of plant:
Height 40 cm.
Spread 50 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 4 plants per square metre.
Purchase herbs online, also alpine and rockery plants by mail order here.
 Royal Horticultural Society – opens in a separate window.