Gardening Questions And Answers
Give newly planted catmint about 1 inch of water each week during its first growing season. Once established, these drought-tolerant plants need watering only about once every three weeks. Irrigate the soil until the roots are moistened, but avoid overwatering because this plant really hates having wet feet.
Catmint has few pests and the seeds are sterile so it doesn’t spread by self-sowing. Catmint is a classic cottage garden plant that often accompanies peonies, roses, coreopsis, and delphiniums. Because of its spreading nature, it’s a great filler plant to provide color and green foliage between later blooming flowers.
Driven Away by Catnip Felines might adore catnip (Nepeta cataria) to bits, but ants have the complete opposite reaction to it. The mint family herb is hardy in USDA zones 3 through 9. Dried catnip can be handy for keeping ants far away. Mints in general can be ant deterrents — think spearmint and peppermint.
This herbaceous perennial is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae), which includes lavender, rosemary, thyme, bee balm and giant hyssop. Just like lavender, catmint can be used to cover the bare “limbs” of rose bushes. It’s cool-toned foliage and flowers offer a pleasing counterpoint to the vivid tones of the roses.
Nepeta cataria L. Nepeta cataria, commonly known as catnip, catswort, catwort, and catmint, is a species of the genus Nepeta in the family Lamiaceae, native to southern and eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, and parts of China. It is widely naturalized in northern Europe, New Zealand, and North America.
The plant is very easy to grow from flower seed, and if the seeds are sown early in the season, it will bloom the first year. It is a perennial that blooms like an annual. Like catnip, Nepeta Catmint attracts cats, and its flowers furnish nectar for hummingbirds and bees. Growing Catmint from seed is […]
Catnip is very hardy and can withstand hard frost. Catnip prefers moderate water, but is drought tolerant once established. There’s no advantage to starting your seeds in cold soil, so wait until it’s warmed up a little, to at least 60˚ F. Catnip prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial shade, as well.