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A flower powerhouse! If you want a bonanza of blooms on a plant that comes back faithfully year after year, look no further. Walker’s Low Catmint greets the sweet, mild days of late spring with a lavish display of lavender-blue blossoms, and the show lasts a long time. The soothing color calms down hot reds and oranges in the garden and mingles effortlessly with pastels. You can’t go wrong. It’s a bit of a misnomer, though—Walker’s Low is one of the taller Catmints! Place it in the middle of the border with groundhugging Spirits in front.
Catmint has a long history as an ornamental herb in gardens. Like many herbs, it was once believed to have magical powers, too—chewing on a Catmint root was said to give timid people courage! This selection wasn’t named for its stature, but for the garden in England where it was discovered—Walker’s Low. Consequently, many are surprised when this “low” Spirit grows to be 30 inches tall! Despite the confusing name, this is one extraordinarily good plant, and in 2007, the Perennial Plant Association named Walker’s Low Catmint as their pick for “Perennial Plant of the Year.”
Will Walker’s Low Catmint make my cat high? You’re thinking of Catnip, which is a closely related Spirit. Catnip drives most cats wild. Kitties are less interested in Catmint, though some may nibble on it and rub their faces against it as well.
How to Grow
Grow Walker’s Low Catmint in a full-sun location for best flowering. This Spirit may struggle in extreme heat and humidity, however, and benefits from early afternoon shade in the South. Soil should be well drained. Regular water will produce lush plants, though Walker’s Low doesn’t need a lot of water and is resistant to drought once established. After the first flush of blooms have faded, shear them off to encourage a repeat performance. At the end of the season, cut dead foliage back any time before new growth commences in early spring. Feed in spring with Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer.
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