When planted behind catmint
, dark-foliaged 'Palace Purple' heuchera makes the catmint
's lavender-blue flowers stand out.
MATERIALS: Medium-size boulder (20 to 24 inches long); catmint
, 2; coreopsis, 2; Diascia vigilis, 2; lavender blue delphinium, 2; penstemon, 1
CHOOSE TOUGH PLANTS FOR A HOT, DRY SUMMER These include: Ballota acetabulosa (Greek horehound); Catananche caerulea (cupid's dart); Centranthus ruber (red valerian); Erigeron karvinskianus (Mexican fleabane); Eschscholzia californica (California poppy); Euphorbia myrsinites (broad-leaved glaucous spurge); Gaura lindheimeri (white gaura); Nepeta racemosa (catmint
); Perovskia 'Blue Spire' (Russian sage); Salvia sclarea (clary sage); Santolina chamaecyparissus (cotton lavender), and Verbena bonariensis (Argentinian vervain).
Good subjects for division include crocosmia, rudbeckia, helenium, cranesbill geranium and catmint
"There are so many different flowers that are great nectar sources, like catmint
, cosmos or calendula," he adds.
Neatly upright lavender and sprawling violet catmint
are a magnet for bees, as are foxgloves, wild geraniums and campanulas.
| For some colour, add nepeta Along with lavender, nepeta (catmint
) provides an impressive swathe at the front of a border, thanks to its clouds of tiny mauve flowers on gentle spikes, which flower from early summer to autumn.
Try dusty-leafed blue catmint
(Nepeta) with peach roses; tiny pink-blushed Santa Barbara daisies with white; and blue-purple true geraniums with yellow.
There are euphorbias for next spring, Aster frikartii for later in the summer and catmint
to soften edges.
Each picture includes elements that include the word 'cat', some of which are stated in the text such as 'Clumps of catmint
and catnip grow wild', while others appear in the pictures.
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.
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