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Nepeta 'Select Blue' (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the first flush of flowers comes in late spring, and again later in summer. A long-lived, easily grown perennial, this is an excellent plant for beginners.
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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:
More in-depth guidance for growing and maintaining Catmint (Nepeta) plants: Growing Nepeta: Pick the Best and Enjoy the Show.
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(based on 23 reviews)
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Mass of purple
I bought this plant to make some old stumps more attractive. I planted them around the stump and I cannot believe how they have filled in around the stumps. I have grown this plant...Read complete review
I bought this plant to make some old stumps more attractive. I planted them around the stump and I cannot believe how they have filled in around the stumps. I have grown this plant before and have had many compliments and comments wondering what the purple mass was that I had planted. Nepeta faassenii is very cold hardy in our zone 4/5, takes high winds and snow very well. This would be a great go to plant if you had a space that needed a plant that would grow and fill in quickly. The honey bees love it! Mine is planted in full sun and does really well in poor soil.
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Not working for me
Maybe because I'm a new gardener, but none of the 5 little pots I received lived. They were alive when I received them but the plants were so tiny, I guess they had...Read complete review
Maybe because I'm a new gardener, but none of the 5 little pots I received lived. They were alive when I received them but the plants were so tiny, I guess they had limited chance of staying alive.
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from Windsor Locks, CT
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Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:
In comparison with plants that I bought at local nursery, this plant arrived extremely small (no bigger than my thumb). I immediately planted and it simply died. After death, I simply added the dead plant to mycompost.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Easy care, but needs trimming
By Dirt Damsel
from Simi Valley, CA
About Me Master Gardener
I planted about 5 of these cat mints last spring. They all did well with very little care. However, I did not trim them back, as instructions said to do after 1st blooming, mostly because I had an injured arm. So they got more leggy and straggly than I would like. I'm not sure they bloomed quite as heavily as the photos show, but they were great for areas where little else would grow so easily. Next year I will be more diligent at trimming them back.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Thrives on neglect
By Happy Hut Grandma
from Mount Aukum, CA
I love catmints and this one has thrived through deer stomping, gophers, very little water and a steep hillside location. It just continues to grow and bloom. I love it!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Fantastic Results in a Difficult Garden
from Ocean City, MD
Planted these plants on a secondary sand dune in the mid-Atlantic coast (Maryland) and they did wonderfully!! I've never tried gardening on a sand dune before, so I was soooo pleased that they adapted to the rather harsh conditions. After deadheading, they bloomed again!
Highly recommended for every garden
from Camino, California
My cat smells great if she lays in it. It perks back up quickly too. It really is a great plant!
Full size within 2 months
By Christine's Garden
from Los Alamos, NM
Wide and full figured within two months of planting. The bees love this plant. A really nice blue bloom.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Scottsdale, AZ
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Protect from cats until established!
from Portland Oregon
I just received some Nepeta Blue in my pre planned garden kit. The starts a pretty full looking though it's hard to see what they will look like in bloom right now. I have to keep them under a milk crate right now to protect them from being eaten by roving cats that populate our neighborhood (and most areas, tbh). When it's time to plant I will need to find individual covers for each to give them a good start! Other than that minor hiccup I think they look like they will hold up.
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The catmint is at the end under the crate!
Catmint before planting
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
nice purple flowers
By Mary Bresee
from Council Idaho
Great plant that makes difficult areas look beautiful. Versatile we have plated it in partial shade and direct sunlight and it has done well in both areas. It spreads and grows quickly.
Tolerates heat, good in shade
from Washington desert hot and arid
With shade and water, this is a hardy plant, one of the few that does well where I live.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Magdalena, NM
Hardy, healthy, quick to bloom, fantastic plant!
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Very hardy, even for Las Vegas
from Las Vegas, NV
I planted my catmints in the fall in terrible Las Vegas soil with no supplementary water aside from me watering occasionally with a garden hose. The plants arrived small, but now that it's getting warm here, they are really starting to take off and flower. The flower color is a very pretty blue. The foliage is very attractive too, with a grayish blue tinge and tightly packed leaves. I'm using the catmint to soften the edges of my large patio area. So far, the catmint is turning out to be very hardy and it loves the sun.
By Riley's Mom
from Deming, NM
This is a great plant for the dry, windy climate of SW New Mexico.
from Medford, Oregon
Still waiting to see if they grow after winter. Very tiny after planting and not exactly looking like photos
(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
from Mount Pleasant, Ia.
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Nepeta in full bloom
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Nepeta with honey ees a buzz
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
New AZ gardener, new garden doing well, love the catmint
By Cathy the Quilter
from Show Low AZ at 6000 ft
We are first time high desert gardeners. We chose nepita blue to go near the house at the base of a tall grass. We get high filtered sun here under tall ponderosa pines. We added mulch to the sandy soil and are pleased with the plant's growth. We expect it will do well through the el nino winter and are looking for growth and flowers next year. The plant arrived well packed and health and has thrived in its first season.
EZ & beauiful
from Prescott, AZ
Rapid grower, beautiful in 1st year, deer & rabbits stay away, low water usage: what more could a gardener ask?
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Comes Back Year After Year
By Mountain-top Lady
from Manson, WA
I garden in North Central Washington State where we have hot summers and cold winters. This catmint does great and comes back every year. The only possible problem is that it does spread by seed, which is great if you want more of them. If you don't, it's pretty easy to see the little plants coming up and just pull them. It also transplants fairly well.
Beautiful for hot desert color
By Christine T
from Outside Las Vegas, NV
It's not always easy to grow anything leafy in the hot desert of Southern Nevada, but this pretty plant is an exception. Grows and blooms with little effort as long as you water. And, those pesky rabbits don't eat it. I will be buying more next year.
I love this plant. And so does my cat.
By I don't have a nickname
from Burley, Idaho
This is a great plant for along a walkway. It spills out over the edge iof the stones softening the edges. It is very easy to grow. The color is beautiful and looks great with the Jupiters Beard also in the same bed. I intend to buy more of these because they do so well in my yard. Of course I will buy them from High Country Gardens. The plants arrive in great shape and grow and do well. I have been buying from you for years one have always been very happy with my plants
I love these little plansts witht the beautiful flowers
By Little gardener
from Indianapolis, IN area
As expected, everything arrived with excellant packaging and instructions
Very happy with this purchase!
By Butterfly gardener
from Janesville, WI
This is a beautiful, healthy plant. Grew very well the first season, goes well with many other perennials.
from meadow, utah
This is a hardy little plant. It is surviving in an area that does not have the best soil and does not get water on a regular basis. It has been walked on by the meter reader (I plan to move the plant as the guy continues to step on it though there is other space to walk.)
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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