Favorite English Garden Bee Plants – Catmint (Nepeta x Faassenii)

Both bees and cats simply adore catmint aka Nepeta.

Bee Enjoying the Catmint

Cat Enjoying the Catmint

It is a beautiful plant to use in a border.  Gertrude Jekyll wrote “it is a plant that can hardly be overpraised.”

Beautiful Use of Catmint

Catmint in the Border

I find catmint easier to grow than lavender and sage.  If you cut it back after first bloom, it will bloom again just as vigorously.

My favorite cultivar is Walker’s Low, which was the 2007 Perennial of the Year.

Walker's Low

The name, Walker’s Low, does not refer to the size of the plant, but to a garden in England.

Plant some catmint this summer.  Your bees will thank you!  And also the neighborhood cats…

P.S.  One of my followers suggested I point out that catmint is deer-resistant!

6 thoughts on “Favorite English Garden Bee Plants – Catmint (Nepeta x Faassenii)

  1. The Hornet Holmes says:

    Great article. I was wondering if the catmint comes in White? I have three beehives in a white garden and I would like to add catmint.

  2. Another very pretty post! This is the most enchanting blog. I love the cat photo, it reminds me of my pet cats and how they loved the garden.

    Beautiful bee photo too!

  3. […] it is loyal that there are countless members of a catmint house – some precious by humans, some favorites of felines – nonetheless a doubt, a important star of any garden is one called hybrid catmint (Nepeta x […]

  4. Lin Crowe says:

    We saw a whole load of bees lying under a catmint hedge and several were actually dead – and obviously had been for a while- while others were in various stages of consciousness. Were they intoxicated? high? Too full to move? There were so many, it was really quite distressing to see.

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