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Pacific Northwest Gardening: Giant catmint

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

August 3, 2011
10:14 AM

Post #8734265

I'm reading great reviews of a new catmint - Nepeta grandiflora 'Wild Cat' - has anyone tried this? I have a row of roses that border a pasture fence, with the ensuing field grass always trying to creep into the roses. I thought I'd dig out a border on the field side of the fence and plant something that can mingle with the grasses OK and also provide a nice backdrop for the roses. This catmint apparently gets from 3-4' tall (depending on who is reporting it) and as wide, has darker blooms, doesn't need staking or pruning or deadheading. Sounds like the ticket to me. I'm looking for pretty easy-care. No animals anymore so it's now kind of fun to expand my beds into the fields a bit and use the fences as a feature rather than a boundary.

Here are the roses in early spring before the field grass took off. I also lost a couple roses this winter, which I haven't replaced yet - any suggestions on easy care floribundas? I don't like the upkeep of the tea roses (all hand-me-downs and disease/fungus/bug prone) and prefer a looser form. Knockout?

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summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

August 6, 2011
12:18 PM

Post #8740393

bone, I think that's a nice idea. Catmint is so durable & probably would compete well with the grass.

As for floribundas, I'm partial to "Gruss an Achen" for pink and "Playboy" for salmon
mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

September 16, 2011
7:11 PM

Post #8811646

Cats in the Mint! (first they stood there and ate it, like cows.)

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 9, 2011
10:35 AM

Post #8842067

That's a cute picture of the cats. I love the way they act around the catmint.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 13, 2011
8:13 PM

Post #8848193

Makes me wish there was a 'people-mint' I could just belly up to, roll around in, and be perfectly content.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

October 14, 2011
11:11 AM

Post #8848811

I think there is. The kids go through a lot of it out here at the coast.
mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

October 16, 2011
2:29 PM

Post #8851396

But I am sure it is only for "medicinal purposes". The purpose being to cure them of any need to feel they should do anything useful, like work in the garden.
Heehee.

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