Nepeta Walker's Low

Walker's Low Catmint

 

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Nepeta Walker's Low (Walker's Low Catmint) is a robust variety with dark lavender-blue flowers in late spring and aromatic gray-green foliage. Thriving in harsh conditions, this durable, rabbit and deer resistant perennial plant is an indispensable for use in xeriscapes. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to grow
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring to late summer
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SKU 71292
Award: Perennial Plant of the Year

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2007 Perennial Plant of the Year 18-24" tall x 18" wide. Nepeta 'Walker's Low' (named after a place in England, not its growth habit) is a stunning non-reseeding Catmint selection with attractive, crinkled blue-green foliage and a profusion of deep lavender-blue flowers. Cut back just above ground-level in mid-spring after the first flush of blooms. Shear off faded flowers in June to re-bloom. Nepeta 'Walker's Low' thrives in harsh conditions. A rugged, easy-to-grow addition to any xeriscape, Walker's Low Catmint makes a fine companion plant to silver-leaved Artemisia or Blue Avena Grass (Helictotrichon). (Cutting propagated.)
Associated SKUs
HBLSNXX
HBLSN31 (Plant - 3.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
71292 (Plant - 5" deep pot)
Common Name Walker's Low Catmint
Botanical Name Nepeta Walker's Low
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 18-24" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Additional Information 3.5" pot size grown by our friends at Perennial Favorites in Layton, UT
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips for Growing Catmint (Nepeta)

The Catmints (Nepeta) are some of our best garden perennials being long-lived, very easy-to-grow, resistant to browsing animals (deer and rabbits). Catmints are an excellent source of nectar for honeybees and butterflies and are a great beginner's perennial.

Many species are excellent in the xeric (low-water garden) and they grow well in a wide range of soil types, including dry clay. They grow well with at least a half day of sun, but flower best in full sun. We recommend planting only sterile hybrids and avoiding any Nepeta that are propagated from seed. The seed-grown Catmints can be aggressively weedy, spreading themselves throughout the garden and crowding out neighboring perennials.

The varieties we offer are outstanding, sterile (no seeds), long-blooming varieties:

  • Nepeta faassenii 'Select Blue' - This low growing, non-spreading plant has beautiful lavender-blue flowers. In early summer after the first flush of flowers have faded, shear off the flower spikes just above the foliage to get the plants to re-bloom again later in the summer.
  • Nepeta 'Walker's Low' - has showy deep blue flowers on tall flower spikes. 'Walker's Low' grows as a neat, non-suckering, well behaved plant and blooms for many months from late spring into mid-summer. Deadheading (shearing off the faded flower spikes just above the foliage) will encourage stronger re-blooming.

More in-depth guidance for growing and maintaining Catmint (Nepeta) plants: Growing Nepeta: Pick the Best and Enjoy the Show.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouse in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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High Country GardensNepeta Walker's Low
 
4.8

(based on 10 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Healthy (9)
  • Accurate instructions (8)
  • Attractive (8)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Fragrant (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (8)
  • Outdoors (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (7), Getting started (3)
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    • Personal (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Show horse of the garden

Everyone has a go to plant, and this is mine. Within only a couple months of being planted and decently watered, it is has spread almost two by three feet with beautiful flowers,...Read complete review

Everyone has a go to plant, and this is mine. Within only a couple months of being planted and decently watered, it is has spread almost two by three feet with beautiful flowers, just as seen in the picture. I couldn't be more pleased by the shape of the plant (sloping arch) and the lavender flowers.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I would not buy this again

I planted this on the side of my house. It survived but did not thrive. Perhaps it will perform better next year.

I planted this on the side of my house. It survived but did not thrive. Perhaps it will perform better next year.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nepeta Walker's Low

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from Brandon, MS

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

  • Spreads aggressively

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors

Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta Walker's Low:

I am awaiting blooms. Sometimes photos are a bit deceptive, so I'm waiting to see if my Nepeta Walker's Low is as pretty as the ad.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Reliable seedless catmint

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from Santa Fe, NM

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • attracts bees
  • easy to control
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • long blooming time
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • low water use
    • Outdoors
    • pretty purple color
    • xeriscaping

    Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta Walker's Low:

    I am very happy with Nepeta Walker's Low catmint. It is easy to grow in my Santa Fe garden. I have it on a drip irrigation and mulched with gravel in nearly partial sun. It blooms for at least a month, maybe longer. It is a catmint and will attract cats. I don't plant it near the house because it has attracted a bobcat into the yard twice.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My Number One Fave

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    from San Jose, CA

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta Walker's Low:

      Of all the plants I've purchased from you over the years, this is my number one fave. This year, my focus is feeding the pollinators, and Walker's Low does that for months and months and months in my Northern CA garden. It indeed stays a lovely, tame mound, perfect for the front yard. Just about to purchase a few more to grow beside my established ones and the burst of color is awesome - very floriferous!

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My Favorite Plant

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      from Tijeras, NM

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Bee Favorite
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Low Maintenance
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Borders
        • Garden

        Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta Walker's Low:

        I got my first catmint years ago and it has become the favorite in my garden. It returns year after year and fills out beautifully. It blooms multiple times and is hardy. Bees love it and I've successfully split a few of them. As long as I live in the high desert I'll have lots of these. Note that they get big when established.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        I would not buy this again

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        from Frisco TX

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Healthy

        Cons

        • Did not bloom

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Patio

        Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta Walker's Low:

        I planted this on the side of my house. It survived but did not thrive. Perhaps it will perform better next year.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful plant!

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        from Phoenix Arizona

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Healthy
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors

          Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta Walker's Low:

          I bought the catmint primarily for my cat who loved it in Bend Oregon. However....it is not suitable for a south facing balcony in Phoenix Arizona! It did well until the months of 110 +/- temps. It bit the dust during the weeks of 115-120 degrees. I thought maybe it would rally, but the conditions were too severe ....During it's short life it grew very fast and was very pretty. Excellent plant for a climate a tiny bit more moderate.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The honey bees and native bees are ecstatic

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          from Santa Rosa

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Outdoors

            Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta Walker's Low:

            The honey bees, native bees, and all sorts of wonderful flying critters love the catmint, blooming from June through October!

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            5.0

            Trouble free bee magnet

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            from Denver

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            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Fragrant
            • Hardy
            • Healthy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden

              Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta Walker's Low:

              This was in one of my first orders from HCG. It has been completely trouble-free and is now a big bushy plant about 2 1/2 feet across next to the sidewalk. It gets no special treatment and the bees are always all over it. Nothing seems to cause problems--weather, lack of rain, hail, snow.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              love it

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              from Prescott AZ

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Fragrant
              • Healthy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden

                Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta Walker's Low:

                It's been 15 months since I put it in the ground. This spring it jumped up and has had blooms all spring & summer. Granted the blooms since July have been weak compared to early on. A warning though, if you are afraid of bees skip this plant. I have 6 plants that are about 2 feet in diameter, healthy mounds of flowering shoots that maintain a constant hum of bees. They seem intent on the blooms, I don't bother them they keep to their business. Some butterflies, seldom little hummingbirdlikemoths.
                Between these and the lavender its a constant butterfly flurry and buzzing park.

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                (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Show horse of the garden

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                from East Bay, CA

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                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Fragrant
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta Walker's Low:

                    Everyone has a go to plant, and this is mine. Within only a couple months of being planted and decently watered, it is has spread almost two by three feet with beautiful flowers, just as seen in the picture. I couldn't be more pleased by the shape of the plant (sloping arch) and the lavender flowers.

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                    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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