Catmint herb plants are considered as one of the sturdiest perennials that you can grow in your garden. This plant can thrive well during hot and dry weather and the silvery foliage and blue colored flowers look their best most of the season.
It is best to deadhead right after the initial bloom in order to encourage production of more flowers.
The soil where you will plant catmint must be average and drains well. The tall varieties might require gentle staking and it sometimes seeds freely.
This plant is considered as a favorite of cats since they typically roll around in these plants in delight. The most common catmints are those that have purple-blue flowers that bloom productively in early summer. They are available in different heights that range from a foot tall up to 3-4 feet tall, making them ideal in any garden setting, including rock gardens, flower borders and for edging.
A classic combination is to plant them with hybrid tea roses that will serve as a cover of the rose bushes while at the same time compliment the shade of the rose blossoms with the soft blue flowers. Other varieties of catmint produce white and pale pink flowers while the uncommon varieties produce yellow-colored flowers.
The location where the catmints will be planted should be exposed to the sun, drains well yet not too fertile. The plants that are established are already tolerant to drought. Provide smaller cultivars with 18-24 inch space apart while the taller varieties require spacing of 30 inches apart.
The soil should be loosened using a garden fork and set to the depth of 12-15 inches and then add 2-4 inch layer of compost. Remove the plant from its container and position it in the hole so that the uppermost part of the root ball is in level with the surface of the soil.
Catmints also require care and this is done by shearing them by one-third right after the initial bloom production so that it will encourage more blooms during the summer season.
You can keep the plants vigorous by dividing them every 3-4 years during spring or early at fall. Provide regular watering to divided and newly set plants until they are established. Since cats are attracted to the plant, the best way to protect the young plants is to create a dome that is made out of chicken wire. Do not forget to add a layer of compost every year during spring or fall so that the necessary nutrients are provided.
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