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The PPA has selected the 2021 Perennial Plant of the Year. This year the PPA is promoting Calamintha nepeta “Cat Mint” ‘CAT’S PAJAMAS’ as the 2021 Perennial Plant of the Year. Each year PPA chooses a perennial to honor that is suitable for a wide range of growing climates, requires low maintenance, has multiple seasons of interest, and is relatively pest/disease-free.
Cat’s Pajamas was chosen because of all the wonderful characteristics that all Nepeta varieties have to offer a gardener. Cat’s Pajama’s grows only one foot tall with beautiful dark lavender blooms. It will make a perfect border plant for any full sun garden.
Nepeta is a perennial herb that is a member of the mint family. If you are looking for a tough, easy-care perennial that is sun-loving—then nepeta is your plant.
In general, Nepeta is heat and drought-resistant. Its minty, aromatic leaves make it rabbit and deer-resistant. The blooms of different varieties will vary from shades of lavender, blue/pink, or white. The bloom time is from late spring and the way into fall.
To me, the most beautiful characteristic of Nepeta is that it attracts bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. And, it is non-toxic to animals.
There are so many great varieties of Nepeta. One of my favorite varieties is Walker’s Low.
Come see us because we have such a great selection of Nepeta. And, come enjoy seeing all the bees having fun on the plants.
If you decide to give Nepeta a try, the first year will need frequent watering but once rooted catmint becomes drought tolerant.
PLANT A LITTLE HAPPINESS!!! And, show your support for our pollinators!!!