This cottage garden perennial favourite, has soft waves of dainty flowers that appear from early summer. Catmint (Nepeta mussinii) is compact and hardy that’s ideal for a cottage border, a ground cover under roses or rock gardens and is a favourite amongst our feline friends. As an added bonus it is also perfect for attracting bees to the garden.

How to grow catmint in a garden

  1. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sow Catmint (Nepeta mussinii) seeds, cover, firm down and gently.
  2. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  3. While the seedlings are growing, choose a spot in the garden that receives full sun to part shade and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  4. Allow the seedlings to grow to at least 5-7 cm before transplanting.
  5. When transplanting them into your prepared garden bed, ensure seedlings are well spaced – at least 30cm apart. Water in well.
  6. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw.
  7. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.


How to grow catmint in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm wide and deep. Position in full sun to part shade.
  2. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. 
  3. Sow the Catmint (Nepeta mussinii) seeds directly into the pot, water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  4. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

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Soft waves of dainty lavender flowers from early summer.

Growing tips

  • Cut back when the plant starts to get a bit leggy or after flowering to encourage new growth.
  • Cats love rolling around in the lemony mint-scented leaves.
  • The leaves of this herb can be used for brewing tea and for flavouring meats and salads.

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