Soften borders by tucking in some low, mounding plants, such as catmint
, Sanvitalia, and sweet alyssum.
Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant', or catmint
, has a flowering season from June to October, with small lavender-blue blossoms.
Expert tip: The reflected heat from paths also suits lavender, which makes a fairly neat edging plant, and also catmint
or nepeta and alchemilla, or lady's mantle.
One folk legend about catmint
is that if you eat a conserve made with the young tops it will help keep nightmares away.
They tower above lavender, catmint
and stocks and can add summer interest to spring-flowering and evergreen shrub borders.
FELINE FINE DAVID LOCK, HEAD GARDENER AT CHIRK CASTLE, REVEALS THE PROS AND CONS TO THE CATMINT
PLANT GREAT gardens often excite and inspire but rarely induce euphoria, drooling or undue friskiness.
Good plant partners include annuals such as Gilia tricolor, Iceland poppies or salvias, or perennials including alchemilla and catmint
Achilles, asters, all forms of daisies, Kansas gayfeather (Liatris), catmint
, iris, and the three "H's" (Helianthus, Heliopsis and Helenium) all will prove their worth to you if you give them the opportunity to do so.
For spring blooming, plant Wild Lilac, Western and Eastern Redbud, Flowering Quince, Cranesbill, Lavender, Catmint
,Rhododendron, Rose and Salvia.
Select drought-tolerant plants: California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), catmint
(Nepeta x faassenii), lantana (Lantana camara), snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum), and yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
(Nepeta X faassenii) has been blooming for a couple of weeks and will continue to offer flushes of pastel to deep blue flowers throughout the growing season.
1 sprig catmint
(also called nepeta), finely chopped
In others it is all blues, mauves, gentle pinks and white, found in catmint
, Russian sage, blue salvia and the more quietly coloured cosmos.
(Nepeta faassenii) is a spreading ground cover plastered with violet-blue flowers and attractive heart-shaped foliage.
, hyssop, marjoram and thyme can all prove extremely popular venues and these can all easily be incorporated into containers on even the smallest patio.