Catmint ‘Summer Magic’

Nepeta grandiflora 'Summer Magic'

At the risk of bringing all the cats to the yard, I planted one Catmint ‘Summer Magic’ on an extra dry strip of our south-facing easement. With this and one other catmint I purchased at Dennis’ 7 Dees in June, I begin my first foray into the world of nepeta. I’d been hesitant to purchase catmint in the past due to rumors of their fast-growing, invasive natures.

But given that wild clover has already gone bonkers in the easement this year, I’m throwing caution to the wind (and possibly a few nepeta seeds as well). Actually, I can’t seem to find sources that tell me if this cultivar will set seed, so I’m guessing it doesn’t. But I will report back in the coming years – stay tuned for SOS calls of feline invasion.

A bit about this selection: Nepeta grandiflora ‘Summer Magic’ is a water-wise perennial that grows up to 2 feet tall and wide. True to its name, Summer Magic boasts fragrant, blue-purple flowers that bloom from summer to fall and is a good choice for attracting pollinators to the garden. Like all catmints, it is also drought-tolerant and easy to care for. One source says this cultivar doesn’t attract cats, but we’ll find out if there’s any truth to that.

Companion Plants for Catmint ‘Summer Magic’

      Nursery Tag

      15"-18". Zones 4-9. Moist, well-drained soil.

      Gardener's Log

      07/2023: Planted 1, one-gallon on easement among vinca

      Newly planted Catmint Summer Magic

      Photo taken July 2023

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