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2007 Perennial of the Year Will Make Gardeners Purr

By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTamMarch 27, 2007
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As the year 2006 came to a close, the Perennial Plant Association bestowed ‘Walker’s Low’ catmint with the 2007 Plant of the Year award...and gardeners looking for an easy alternative to lavender rejoiced.

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Introduced in 1988 in Europe, Nepeta 'Walker’s Low' has become increasingly popular with each passing year due to its lovely blue-violet flowers and its long bloom time, attractive grey-green foliage, ease of propagation, lack of pest or disease problems, and low maintenance requirements.

The Perennial Plant Association has passed along the following details about 'Walker's Low':

  • Hardiness - USDA Zones 3 to 8
  • Size - 30 to 36 inches tall and wide.
  • Light - Best in full sun, but can tolerate shade in hot climates
  • Soil - Prefers well drained soil and neutral pH
  • Uses - Good companion plant for early and late blooming plants. Great for perennial borders, but can be used in herb gardens, rock gardens, as a ground cover, or as a container plant.
  • Unique Qualities - Will bloom continuously throughout the season if properly pruned. Great for attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects, but is deer and rabbit resistant. Leaves release a wonderful aroma when crushed.

Your kitty may not go as crazy for 'Walker's Low' as he would for catnip (a close relative of catmint), but most gardeners will love it.


  About Tamara Galbraith  
Tamara GalbraithI am an avid organic gardener and former Master Gardener for Collin County, Texas. I enjoy growing nearly everything, from vegetables to herbs to tropicals. Lately I have been converting the flower beds in my Zone 8 home to all Texas natives. In my non-gardening spare time, I enjoy cooking, reading, birdwatching or hugging on either my sweet English hubby or our Golden Retriever, Monty.

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Discussion about this article:
SubjectTopic StarterRepliesViewsLast Post
Beautiful and well behaved AmyInNH 0 5 Jul 11, 2013 9:30 AM
"Walker's Low" Catmint icuraqt 2 50 May 15, 2009 4:04 PM
The perfect plant! AddieOtto 4 131 Jun 15, 2008 5:06 PM
Not so perfect...? Vigorishhh 0 44 Jun 6, 2008 7:53 PM
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