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Nepeta (Catmint)- how to grow and care for

Nepeta (Catmint)

This much-loved perennial is easy to grow, loved by pollinators and a very attractive addition to the garden.  In early summer, these reliable plants produce an abundance of mostly lavender-blue flowers, held above grey-green foliage.

After flowering has finished, plants can be cut back down to the ground to neaten them up and to encourage a second flush of foliage and flowers.

They grow happiest in light, well-drained soil in a full sun position. We grow our range of nepeta either in the poor, free-draining soil of the gravel garden or the improved clay of the reservoir garden where the soil is slightly richer but still free-draining.

We have noticed that all the nepetas grown here are hugely popular with pollinators, so it has earned a place in our  Bees, Bugs and Butterflies collection.

Our range of nepetas cover various growing habits, flower and foliage, colour and size. Here are just a few of our extensive range:

Nepeta  ‘Hill Grounds- mounds of aromatic, grey-green foliage is topped with spikes of intense violet-blue flowers through summer. Plants reach 50cm in height and a spread of 40cm.

 

Nepeta (Catmint)- how to grow and care for


Nepeta  ‘Chettle Blue- is located at the entrance to the gravel garden where its intense blue flowers are admired by our visitors. A slightly taller, more upright variety, reaching 60cm in height and a 40cm spread.

 

Nepeta (Catmint)- how to grow and care for


Nepeta grandiflora ‘Dawn to Dusk’- forms a wide bushy plant set with matt green, scented leaves. Many branching stems set with whorls of pinky-brown, tube-shaped calyces, paler pink lipped flowers. A good option for a more delicate colour scheme. Reaches 90cm in height and 30cm wide.

 

Nepeta (Catmint)- how to grow and care for


Nepeta nuda ‘Romany Dusk’-tall, upright dark stems carry pale lilac flowers above wrinkled, grey-green foliage. A very attractive perennial growing to 90cm in height with a spread of 40cm.

 

Nepeta (Catmint)- how to grow and care for


For our full range of nepetas, CLICK HERE.

 

Nepeta (Catmint)- how to grow and care for

Comments (3)

It's great to read that you enjoyed the Gardens and Adam's talk so much.
The Beth Chatto Gardens | 04/07/2022
It's great to read that you enjoyed the Gardens and Adam's talk so much.
The Beth Chatto Gardens | 04/07/2022
Many thanks to all who organised and ran the Event yesterday.
Brilliant speaker, and we very much enjoyed visiting the gardens, looking their best!
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