Catmint is a versatile plant that can be used in many different ways. Catmint has been used for centuries as a natural remedy. It’s easy to grow and fragrant, making it the perfect addition to your garden or clinic! Although this plant only grows about three inches tall on average with stems that hold up 8 – 12 flowers per stem (depending), its small size makes them great candidates in containers near patios where ground cover would otherwise accumulate too much moisture from rainwater falling onto roots below ground level; just make sure not let any soil go stagnant because there’s nothing more attractive to mosquitoes.
There are many different varieties of catmint, and each provides its own unique benefits. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Walker’s Low Catmint
Walker’s Low Catmint is a variety that grows taller than most other types of catmint, but it still has beautiful purple flowers. The blooms stay open longer too! It’s perfect for adding color to your garden or making tea with this great herbicide-free plant (and no one will be able to tell what you’re brewing).
2. Nepeta Cataria
Nepeta Cataria or catnip as it’s known to many of our feline friends is a type of Mint that has been proven popular among both male and female kitties. A study done by Drs O’Reilley et al (2000) found out how Nepetas can help calm behavior in cats which may be due not only to its calming effects but also because they contain essential oils such as menthol; something delivering closely related to the stress response.
3. Cat’s Meow Catmint
Cat’s Meow, the most beautiful of all cat Mints! It has vibrant flowers and can grow in any climate. If you live somewhere cold like Canada or Scandinavia for example then this plant would be perfect because its hardiness makes sure your garden stays nice year-round with no worries about freezing temperatures killing off plants unwantedly early due to their tender nature. You can even dry them to make an aromatic potpourri in your living room.
4. Kitty Cat Catmint
Kitty Catmint, also known as “Kitty cat” or ‘cat’ plants is perfect for those who have cats. The large showy flowers of this plant can withstand cold winter temperatures due to their thick leaf bases which allow them to grow in zones that would otherwise be too unstable with other types of flower beds. If you live somewhere prone to harsh winters such as New England where I do currently reside then it’s wonderful knowing there’ll always be something beautiful outside ready when we need some cheering up.
5. Cat’s Pajamas Catmint
This one is for the cool cats out there because it can take the heat. If you live in an area that gets very hot during summer then this plant is ideal as it will stay green and bushy while other types of catmint might start to brown off. It also produces white flowers instead of the purple or lavender blooms most associated with this plant.
6. Cat’s Eyes Catmint
This variety is unique because of its yellow flowers which make it stand out among the rest. The white-eyed blooms open up in early summer and keep going until fall if you live in a climate that doesn’t get too hot (it can also tolerate some heat as well). If you have a place in your garden that gets a lot of sun then this is the plant for you because it loves basking under those bright rays.
7. Cat’s Whiskers Catmint
This one is a must-have for any cat lover because not only does it have beautiful flowers but the plant itself is covered in fine hairs which give it a ‘furry’ look. It’s also known to be one of the most fragrant types of catmint, so if you want your garden to smell good then this is the plant for you.
8. Cat’s Claw Catmint
This plant gets its name from the funny shape of its leaves, which are divided at the terminal end and look like claws (or cat paws). This variety prefers drier soil than most other types of catmint so if you have trouble with water pooling in your garden then this one might be for you. It’s also great for a small garden or potted plant because it doesn’t grow too big.
9. Cat’s Tail Catmint
This type of catmint gets its name from the shape of its leaves which are long and slender like a cat’s tail. It’s a perfect plant for hanging baskets or as a ground cover because it doesn’t grow too tall (usually only reaching about a foot in height). It also produces pretty lavender flowers which bees love, so if you’re looking to attract some pollinators to your garden then this is the plant for you.
Last but not least we have catnip, the OG of all catmints. It’s the most popular type of catmint and is known for its intoxicating effects on cats (hence the name). This plant can grow to be quite large so if you have a big garden then this might be the one for you. It also produces white flowers which are loved by bees, making it a great choice for those looking to attract these helpful insects to the garden.
There you have it, 10 catmint varieties that you’ll love. Whether you’re looking for a plant to attract bees, one that can take the heat, or just something pretty to look at, there’s sure to be catmint out there that’s perfect for you. So get out there and find your new favorite plant.