This is a top notch tough perennial for full sun. Catmint is pretty for most of the summer and there are lots of super cultivars that mingle well with other colorful sunny ornamentals.
This aromatic hardy perennial is a hybrid cross between Nepeta nepetella and N. racemosa. In spring it produces a bushy mound of small, gray-green, scalloped leaves that are slightly hairy. By late spring it offers loose spikes of lavender-blue or violet-blue flowers. These are highly attractive to bees and will reliably re-bloom if spent flowers are removed.
The toughness of this perennial can’t be beat. It is both drought and heat tolerant and even grows well along the edge of hot pavement. It is a total sun-lover, so don’t even attempt to grow it in shade. It prefers average soil with excellent drainage. Pebbly or sandy soils work too.
This lovely mint looks best planted in masses and makes a superb companion to ornamental grasses and summer-blooming composites. Though not true catnip, its aroma still entices felines. Catmint is known to self-sow but not aggressively.
Information source: http://learn2grow.com/plants/nepeta-x-faassenii/
Genus - Nepeta
Species - x faassenii
Common name - Garden Catmint
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 8
Height - 0,45 - 0,60 m
Spread - 0,50 - 0,60 m
Plant type - Perennial Herb
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Clay, loam, sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average, drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Ground cover
Bloom season - May -September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Light Blue, Lavender, Blue Violet
1. Sow from february to April in trays of moist compost.
2. Sow thinly and cover with a fine layer of compost. Cover with glass, polythene or propagator lid.
3. Keep at +20C. Seedlings appear in 14-28 days.
4. Remove cover when seedlings appear. Grow in small groups in separate pots.
1. Sow from April to June in a prepared seed bed.
2. Sow thinly in rows 15 cm apart. Cover lightly with fine soil.Keep moist.
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