Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Catmint a plant to consider for your garden

Just discovered Catmint or Nepeta is one of those plants that thrives on neglect. Too much fertilizer will only make it grow lots of flimsy foliage. A lean soil and somewhat dry growing conditions will encourage both flowers and scent.
Many of the newer varieties of nepeta are sterile, producing no viable seeds. This is a plus if you don’t like the weedy, self-seeding habit of older nepeta varieties, but it means you will need to either buy plants or make plants from divisions or cuttings.
Maintenance: Most Nepetas will rebloom if sheared back after their initial flowering. Some won’t provide much of a second show, but their foliage will be refreshed and tidied by the shearing. Division is not a requirement, but if you’d like more plants, Nepeta responds well to division in the spring. If you are planning an Eureka Springs vacation give the Angel at Rose Hall a call,your Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast and your Eureka Springs Wedding Chapel, the best place for Eureka Springs Lodging and Eureka Springs Weddings come to the Angel and see my lush and blue Catmint.

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