Growing Catmint

How to Grow:
Catmint is related to catnip but is much showier and looks great all season, blooming throughout the summer and fall. Use in borders, beds or rock gardens and containers. Be aware that catmint is a member of the mint family and is very vigorous, so you may want to put an edging around the plants. Catmint, since it thrives on neglect, is easy to grow. A lean soil and somewhat dry conditions will encourage both flowers and scent.

Plant catmint in well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Shear the plants back to half their height in the fall, or after harvest.

What is the difference between catnip and catmint?
Although they share many of the same characteristics, the two main ones are:

  • Catmint has more ornamental value
  • Catnip is the one most favored by cats, so this is the choice for the cat friendly garden
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