Catmint ‘Patchwork’: Unlike other, more sprawling catmint cultivars, ‘Patchwork’ is compact, making it ideal for containers.
What is it? A superstar of the cottage border. Catmints, aka Nepeta, are brilliant plants for drought-resistant, low-maintenance gardens, throwing out pink or purple flower spikes from June to September without a care in the world. Unlike other, more sprawling catmint cultivars, ‘Patchwork’ is compact, making it ideal for containers – expect a height and spread of 30-40cm each way.
Plant it with? This herbaceous perennial looks good with silvery leaves, so try pairing it with lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) and the wormwood ‘Powis Castle’. I also love it set against the lime green froth of lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) or the bright orange blooms of Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’.
And where? This is an easy-going plant, gowing in sun or partial shade and any well-drained soil. Once established, it copes well with dry soils, too.
Any drawbacks? Some cats seem to get a legal high from sniffing catmint, others ignore it. If the neighbourhood cats fall into the former category, you may find your plants get rolled on.
What else does it do? This plant is on the RHS’s perfect-for-pollinators list, so it’s a great choice for anyone wanting to pull in butterflies, bees and other insects.
Buy it Buy 24 plug plants for £10.99 or 48 for £15.98 (all prices include free UK p&p). To order, call 0330 333 6856, quoting ref GU170, or go to our Readers’ Offers page. Supplied as plug plants; delivery by the end of March.