A good ground cover or border plant with gray-green foliage. Also superb for edging a walkway. It's a compact grower that forms a mound 12″ high by about 15–18″ wide. The profuse, small, lavender-blue flowers appear in June and July and repeat all summer. A lovely underplanting for Roses.
Most Nepetas are thrifty plants that prosper in average, well-drained soils, and the majority offer deliciously fragrant, gray-green foliage and numerous spikes of small flowers, generally in the blue to purple range. They are durable, hardy, and pest free. Like Catnip, the best-known member of the genus, Nepetas may send felines into a frenzy.
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Missy Monarda from Upstate New York
Nepeta is a beautiful little plant. It flowers all summer and has a fragrant, compact foliage. Loved by felines but ignored by deer. Establishes quickly without taking over the garden. Pair with deep pink roses for easy color all summer long.
Maudie from Normal, IL
I planted these to fill in along a driveway where I have a cottage-style garden growing between the house and the driveway. They bloom heavily in early summer and fall, sporadically throughout the season, and contribute an interesting blue-green haze. They're perfect for setting off daylilies or filling in around clematis. They do attract some cats, so young plants need protection. Once started, they thrive from the cats' abuse.
JMS from Clarence, NY
I planted three of these in front of our well and they filled in so good, I had to dig out the middle one. I gave it to our neighbor and she loves it too! They were much larger and fuller than I expected. The flowers were beautiful all summer!
Barbara Quarry from Baltimore, Maryland
A comment about the Summer Magic Border:
I found this disappointing. While the asters, perovskia and leucanthemum performed well, the alchemilla, thalictrum, dianthus and coreopsis had few or no flowers. The miscanthus was replaced by you because it did not sprout, and its successor is doing well, although the fronds are few this fall. I expect that they will be more abundant next year.
I did fertilize periodically and sprayed for deer, but the border was disappointingly sparse, and therefore never looked as it did in your picture of it.
Latin Name Pronunciation: nep'eh-tuh
Plant Nepeta in full sun or partial shade, and in well-drained soil. Tolerates drought. Cut plants back hard—to just a few inches tall—after the first wave of flowers to keep plants compact and to encourage repeat bloom.
Cats are almost as enamored of Catmints as they are of Catnip (which belongs to the same genus). You may need to protect plants (especially the first season after planting) to prevent them from being mauled. The foliage of N. nervosa lacks the spicy scent produced by the leaves of the other Catmints and is probably less attractive to cats.