Part of the Lamiaceae family of flowering plants, there are quite a number of different varieties of Nepeta commonly known as Catmint, but we will focus on probably on of the most popular, easiest to grow and most widely available variety here in Britain. Nepeta Gigantea 'Six Hills Giant'.
A vigorous perennial, Six Hills Giant requires up to 80cm x 80cm of space due to its rather floppy nature. It's leaves are a greenish grey and when flowering it throws up long spikes of mauve Lavender like flowers. It is one of the longest flowering plants of Summer and can bloom for months with little or no attention. Not surprisingly it is a great favourite of bees, butterflies, and hummingbird moths.
Pictures: Southern England The Walnut tree pubs annual vintage gathering. A hummingbird hawk moth takes advantage of the blooming Nepeta.
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