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Cat’s Meow

‘Cat’s Meow’ (Nepeta faassenii)

Cats Love It!

I am fond of Nepeta, or catmint, and for the longest time I have grown a cultivar called ‘Walker’s Low.’ Grown in full sun, nepeta is a long-blooming perennial that is also drought tolerant and pollinator friendly; bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love it. Cats think it’s heavenly.

I highly recommend a new introduction from Proven Winners called ‘Cat’s Meow.’ Its small, grey-green, aromatic leaves are topped with well-branched stems carrying spikes of periwinkle blue flowers from early summer into early fall. While ‘Walker’s Low’ is lush and cascading, ‘Cat’s Meow’ keeps a tidy, dense, rounded shape all season long.