If it’s a tough, drought-tolerant, everblooming perennial you seek, then look no further. The hybrid catmint ‘Blue Wonder’ forms attractive mounds of fragrant, fuzzy foliage and offers short spikes of lavender blue flowers all summer. Another perk is that it is said to be sterile, so it does not self-sow.
The uniformly mounded plants of ‘Blue Wonder’ have fuzzy heart-shaped leaves with scalloped edges that are medium to grey-green. The drier the growing conditions, the greyer the foliage. In...
Mark A. Miller
This spring-to-fall blooms of this aromatic perennial are borne on upright, flop-resistant stems. A presumed hybrid of Nepeta × faassenii and N. sibirica, it originated in the garden of Joanna Reed of Malvern, Pennsylvania.
Neat mounded clumps of small, oval, dull green leaves give rise to spires of lavender-blue flowers that attract bees. Plants bloom from spring to frost, flowering most heavily if deadheaded occasionally. The flower stems of 'Joanna Reed'...
(Hybrid Catmint, Six Hills Giant Catmint)
If it’s a tough, drought-tolerant, everblooming perennial you seek, then look no further. The hybrid 'Six Hills Giant' offers loose, upright clusters of violet-blue flowers all summer. These appear on large plants with distinctly fragrant foliage.
The big mounded plants of 'Six Hills Giant' have fuzzy, heart-shaped leaves with scalloped edges that are medium to grey-green. The drier the growing conditions, the greyer the foliage. In summer, it produces tall, upright clusters of small, tubular,...
Mark A. Miller
The fragrant, furry foliage of Persian catmint is pleasing to smell and see, as are the short spikes of tiny lavender blossoms that appear in summer, attracting bees and butterflies. A sprawling, herbaceous perennial native to Turkey, Iran and the Caucusus Region, it is known to self-seed voraciously.
The leaves are rounded, heart-shaped andmid-green to slightly gray-green because of the tiny hairs on their surfaces. Leaf edges may be scalloped. In summer, whorled clusters of small trumpet-like...
Gerald L. Klingaman
This big, large-flowered catmint is great for flower gardens in need of cool summer color. Nepeta subsessilis is Japanese in origin and naturally grows in partially shaded, hilly sites where soils tend to be rich and moist. It is a long-flowering herbaceous perennial that is easy to grow.
The leaves of this bushy, clump-forming perennial are green and lance-shaped. They are opposite on the stem and have a lightly minty fragrance. The large, two-lipped flowers appear in mid- to late...