Like others in this genus, 'Walker's Low' offers delicately hairy gray-green leaves with a tangy, fresh fragrance that a friend calls "spicy mint." Clouds of small purplish blue flowers are carried on 8–9″ spikes for several weeks in midsummer. Plants don't tend to split in the center as other Nepetas do. A rough shearing (cut stems back by about 2/3) after bloom keeps the plants' habit neat and will encourage some repeat bloom until frost.
Nepetas prosper in ordinary (dare we say "poor") soil and heat, and host no pest that we know of. We obtained great results when we matched 'Walker's Low' with Coreopsis 'Moonbeam' and Hemerocallis 'Happy Returns.'
For more information no the growing and care of Nepeta, click Growing Guide.
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Sue from Lake Hopatcong, NJ
This is a wonderful plant. It blooms constantly in our zone 6a garden from June through November, attracting bees and butterflies. The branches never split or fall over and it is extremely low maintenance. We simply cut it back in the fall and fertilize in the spring.
shedridt from Wilmington DE
This is a great, long-blooming plant with lovely blue-green foliage. It seems to tolerate being near black walnuts, which is so important to me as between the black walnuts & the deer gardening is a combat hobby.
JoyceinAtlanta from North GA
Grew well despite little care or notice. Love the blue color in front of pink knockout roses. Added more between yellow day lilies. Very early and long bloom in N GA. Haven't noticed much scent. Part of a butterfly garden planted in rocky soil.From pictures and descriptions, seemed like it might be wild and woolly, but is instead quite refined and symmetrical. Just love it!
Misty Blue from North Eastern Minnesota
After 4 years has sent up new plants very near main plant. If you love purple, this is a great plant. I let mine 'flop' and do whatever to take up space. Thinking about getting a peony hoop for next year but it is so dense it doesn't allow weeds to grow YEAH! Still debating on that. Have transplanted new plants around base of lilacs. Gorgeous! Bees could care less about my 3 macro hydrangea, 2 limelights, rose, peony and misc lily. They flock to the cat mint. Bees are a good thing. It's August and new shoots are still coming up in the center. Southern exposure. First year not much happened. 2nd year it doubled and continues to double each year. I should cut it back but I LOVE IT! Luckily I planted it on the east/south edge of that garden so it can do whatever it wants. If you want a BIG impact, plant by itself and just let her go.....
gardengrl from catskills of ny
we needed to find a deer proof inexpensive low flowering plant to unify two large beds. what we expected was something mildly interesting but have been rewarded with a much hardier lavendar lookalike that is a real stunner! wish i had found walkers low years ago! currently paired with shasta daisies, monarda, pink and white coneflowers and wine & roses weigela. good filler for the front of the beds.
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.