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Barbara’s favorite flowers in the Southern mansion Garden Cat Mint Nepeta

May 02, 2012 Southern Mansion 2012

Barbara’s favorite plants:
Cat Mint Nepeta × faassenii 'Walker's Low'
This is a great drought tolerant re-bloomer. Blooming starts in May early June so you can luxuriate in a whole field of glorious purple.  I notice the perfect 2ft high-3ft wide mounds are starting to turn color now. They will be magnificent in another week or so!! The leaves are a great grey-green and heart shaped. I recommend this plant in huge masses to everyone! Cat Mint is super easy peasy and, looks good most all the time.  Even though it is in the Lamiaceae family and, very similar to catnip, it does not have the same euphoric effect on our feline friends. Beloved by hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies, plant to stellar effect in front of borders en masse and rock gardens. Trim back a bit after flowering and you are rewarded with constant blooms! Also used in herbal medicine,  the mild sedative effect on humans, makes it a wonderful relaxing tea!

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