Nepeta Kitten Around Description
Dwarf nepeta is an ideal fit for tight spaces and containers. Great for dry or hot areas where other plants struggle.
Nepetas are one of the best overall drought tolerant perennial ground covers around. They have a tough disposition, are easy to grow in heat, long blooming and look great throughout the summer.
Where most other nepetas grow larger and wider, you'll appreciate the compact nature of Kitten Around. Growing only 12" high and 18" wide. Small aromatic leaves coupled with a tidy mounded habit, makes this nepeta ideal for the low maintenance garden. Diminutive clusters of periwinkle blue bloom from late spring-fall.
Nepetas are vigorous growers and dependable, blooming for months on end, especially if spent blooms are removed. Performs remarkably well in heat, humidity and punishing summer sun. Not fussy about soil as long as it is well-drained.
Pairs well with low growing sedums, colorful heuchera, intersperse with annuals.
This problem solving plant is great along driveways, walkways, and other areas of intense heat or where the sprinkler's can't quite reach.
Special features: Attracts butterflies, Cold hardy, Cut flower, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Fast growing, Fragrance, Heat tolerant, Attracts hummingbirds, Long blooming, Pest resistant, Reblooming
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- Botanical name:
Nepeta faassenii 'Kitten Around'
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12" X 18"
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Container gardening, Cottage gardening, Edging, Erosion control, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden, Slopes, Small spaces
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AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #: PPAF
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Soil: Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil. Thrives in dry soils, and is very drought tolerant.
Light: Full sun to part shade -- Full sun is best in the North. Somewhat intolerant of the heat and humidity of the deep South, and appreciates some afternoon shade in hot climates.
Water: Dry to medium
Fertilizing: In average soil, needs almost no fertilizer. Too much fertilizer will only make it grow lots of flimsy foliage. In poor soil, some compost in fall or spring, or a very light scattering of slow release fertilizer in early spring will provide sufficient nutrients to keep the plant happy.
Winterizing: Leave spent foliage in place over winter to help protect the crown. Wait until early spring to cut it back.
Maintenance & pruning: Shear flower spikes after initial flowering to promote continued bloom. Can shear plant foliage for a fresh flush in late summer.
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