Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Blue’
WALKERS BLUE CATMINT
Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Blue’ is a firm favourite amongst all the many Catmints.
Because of it’s prolonged, prolific and repeat flowering through spring, summer and autumn. Together with it’s compact growing habit; and the intensity of the flower colour.
Classic favourite Catmint
The flowers are a glorious mass of bright blue-lavender, with many repeats.
And so Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Blue’ has been the classic favourite for planting under roses, to border paths and veggie gardens, or feature in containers.
Growing: Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Blue’
WALKER’S BLUE CATMINT
– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 60-70 cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun or can tolerate a little Partial Shade as long as it is dry shade.
But it really prefers to bask in the sun.
Drought resistant & water-wise
– Soil: Nepeta is not a bit fussy, and will tolerate most types of soil. As long as it is well drained.
But Nepeta x faassenii will kiss you goodbye very quickly if it becomes waterlogged.
And it is perfectly happy in sandy, stony, gravel and poor soils.
In fact Nepeta x faassenii will prefer it, and tougher conditions will just keep it beautifully compact.
Water-saving: Nepeta x faassenii is a very water-wise plant.
It is ideal for hot, dry, arid or coastal gardens, or those with sandy, poor soils.
Rated as drought resistant. So once established it will require little and infrequent extra water.
– Frost: Nepeta x faassenii is extremely frost hardy, and can endure even hard frosts to below -20C.
Useful companion plant
– Aromatic: Both flowers and foliage have a very pleasant aroma. And happily the scent just gets better the hotter, drier and tougher the growing conditions get.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial clump (or ever-grey in this case).
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees, Butterflies and other beneficial pollinators just love buzzing around and feeding from the nectar rich flowers. One plant in flower is a supermarket for bees, because there are so many flowers to feed from for such a long time.
– Companion plant: Nepeta x faassenii has a long tradition of being used as an insect repelling companion plant with roses, veggies and fruit orchards, because of its aromatic qualities.
Hardy & easy
– Care: Hardy Nepeta x faassenii could not be easier to grow.
It is rarely if ever subject to pests and diseases, and requires little to no maintenance.
However it is a good idea to shear it back hard after each round of flowering. Then it will pop back into full flower very quickly.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Nepeta x faassenii is very deer and rabbit resistant, as they dislike the taste of the aromatic oils in the foliage.
– Origin: All Nepeta x faassenii types of Catmint are sterile garden hybrids, originally raised in Holland for prolific flower production. So there is no chance they will self seed.