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Catmint Nepeta

Growing Catmint: Tips at a Glance

Purple perennial flowering catmints (Nepeta) are superb plants to incorporate in xeriscape designs, or to edge paths and, once established, require little water and low maintenance (cut back spent blooms to encourage a longer season of flowers).

  • Type Deciduous flower
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • USDA Zones 3 to 10
  • Light Sun or part shade
  • Water Drought tolerant
  • Soil Well-drained
  • Design Tip Edge a path
  • Companions Roses, yarrow
  • Peak Season Spring and summer

Catmint: A Field Guide

Purple, perennial, and plucky: catmint is a hardworking flower in the early summer border and, as British gardening writer Sarah Raven has observed, “has its first flush of flowers at exactly the right time.”

In her own garden, Raven mixes Nepeta with shades of purple—she plants catmint with alliums and Salvia ‘East Friesland’—against a backdrop of Stipa grasses.

In a flower garden, “Catmint is a great beginner’s plant because it is durable, has a long lifespan, succumbs to few pests or problems, and has a long season of blooming, from mid-spring onward,” writes our contributor Kier Holmes.

Depending on the variety, catmints can grow as low, mounding ground covers, or as 3-foot-tall flowering perennials in the middle of a border. With a long bloom season (after that “first flush” in mid-spring, catmint can continue flowering through summer) and pleasing purple or blue flowers, Nepetas can be counted on to have long lifespans in USDA growing zones 3 to 10.

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