Nepeta 'Blue Wonder' is a lovely dwarf, mounding, bushy perennial growing 12-18" tall.
It features a
mass of two-lipped, trumpet-shaped, stunning and long blooming dark
flowers in loose, interrupted racemes (to 6") atop square, leafy stems with oval, intricately-veined,
General information about Nepeta (Catmint):
If you’re looking for a vibrantly
perennial that is
heat tolerant, resistant to pests and diseases, and easy to grow, then catmint (or Nepeta) is for you!
Catmint makes a stunning display when massed in flower gardens, in rock gardens, as
borders and edging,
and in containers.
A dazzling array of
flock to the
flowers, which make excellent cut flowers in floral designs.
Often used to cover the bare limbs of rose bushes, providing a pleasing counterpoint to the vivid tones of the roses.
Nepeta explodes with a profuse haze of blooms in late spring and continues with an almost continuous rebloom into fall under optimum growing conditions
proper shearing of spent flower spikes.
and thriving in seaside plantings, the minty, aromatic foliage repels
Catmint prefers average well-drained soil and in
sun (in northern zones, 6+ hours of sun is best); shade-grown plants are floppy and flower poorly.
Keep it well watered the first growing season until the plants become established.
Established plants thrive in full sun and exhibit exceptional of dry soils,
Somewhat intolerant of the heat and humidity of the deep South, however, and appreciates some afternoon shade in hot climates.
Catmints thrive best when divided every 3-4 years in early spring.
Leave spent foliage in place over winter to help protect the crown, cut back old foliage in late winter rather than in the fall.
Prune back plants by one-third to one-half after the initial bloom to stimulate re-bloom.
Must be propagated by division, as seeds are sterile.
Don’t bother to
Catmint prefers well-drained soil that is not overly fertile.
In fact, soil that is too rich may cause the plant to flop over or split in the middle.
Should that happen, shear the plant back to tidy it up.
Some compost in fall or spring will provide sufficient nutrients to keep the plant happy.
Nepeta racemosa and N. nepetella were first crossed by Dutch nurseryman, J. H. Faasen, in the 1930’s.
When Nepeta's stems are broken, they release an aroma into the air that tends to attract cats, thus its common name, Catmint.
Many people confuse catmint with catnip (Nepeta cataria).
While the two are closely related, catnip is more aromatic than catmint but less ornamental.
Catmints are effective at repelling mosquitos!
04/02/2020 First time ordering from here. I ordered 25 catmint “blue wonder”. They arrived very quickly, packed extremely well. I planted them the day they arrived. It’s been almost a week and so far so good. I planted them on a bank next to stone... Read full review >
09/25/2019 Since living in the mid-south we have discovered, because of the poor soil and drought, some plants can't survive here. When we discovered the Catmint, we decided to give it a shot. The plants came when expected and in great condition. Planting... Read full review >
10/06/2019 I’ve had other varieties of Nepeta. This is OUTSTANDING! Plants spread huge in one season. No deadheading. And still blooming in October in my NJ garden!
08/18/2019 Update Planted 25 last fall. They looked so tiny in my landscape but knew they... Read full review >
06/07/2019 ordered these last early last fall, received in 3 days, healthy,neatled packed plants. planted next day without trimming any. planted as they arrived. felt like they rooted in well in the fall and looked forward to the spring. spring rolled around... Read full review >
04/26/2019 Healthy plants but long and leggy so they needed
to be trimmed by two-thirds before planting. Hoping that was the trick. Beautifully packed in superb cardboard boxes; all recyclable.