Saturday, July 20, 2013

Easy to Grow Perennials-Catmint

I wanted to share some of my favorite, easy to grow perennials with you. These are plants that despite the gardening challenges I have (deer, rodents, rabbits, cold winters/spring, short growing season, etc.) they not only grow, but THRIVE!

We'll start with Catmint (Nepeta faassenii). What is there not to LOVE about this perennial? It takes a full sun condition, but can handle a bit of afternoon shade (really, who can't). Each plant gets about 3 foot tall and 3 foot wide. There is also a lower growing variety that gets about 1 foot high. It has a beautiful silvery foliage.

In early to mid summer, gets a delicate lavender-colored bloom.

These blooms not only attract butterflies, but also hummingbirds and bees. Every garden needs some pollinators!
The plant will re-seed easily. Watch for new plants to transplant (see this post) in the following spring. More plants for you to love!

Other than bees, I've never had any insects bother this plant. Come to think of it, I've never had deer or other critters bother it, either. So, if you need a great performer for your garden.....plant some Catmint!

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