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Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ 2007 Perennial Plant of the Year


The Perennial Plant Association selected one of our favorite plants at Stargazer Perennials, Walker’s Low Catmint (Nepeta x fassennii ‘Walker’s Low’) as the 2007 Perennial Plant of the Year. This non-stop bloomer sports violet-blue blossoms on top of attractive grey foliage. Walkers Low Catmint is absolutely bullet-proof when it comes to deer resistance and hardiness.

Walkers Low Catmint at Stargazer Perennials Farm
The above picture is taken at our farm around the front driveway. These healthy Walker's Low Catmint ( located at the front of the picture) were planted the prior year from our 3.5" plant stock!

Background of Walker's Low Catmint:
Introduced in 1988 in Europe, Walker’s Low Catmint has become more popular with each passing year. Nepeta 'Walker's Low' is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. Members of the mint family are easily recognizable by their square stems, opposite leaves and often aromatic properties. Walkers Low Catmint is a selection from the Faassenii Group of Nepeta. Walker’s Low is named for a garden in England where it was selected and is not related to its growth habit which is actually up to 36" high.

Appearance:
Walker's Low Catmint is a soft mounding perennial with attractive silver-green foliage. Prolific, small violet-blue flowers on arching stems bloom from early spring until frost. At Stargazer Perennial's farm we have seen Walker's Low bloom in November when snow was on the ground! To tidy this hardy perennial up mid-summer, trim back by half with simple garden shears. After shearing Walkers Low Catmint will be up and blooming again in 2-3 weeks.

Uses for Walkers Low Catmint:
We value it for its lovely intense violet-blue flowers, its amazingly long bloom time from spring through
frost, its attractive fragrant foliage, its lack of disease or pest problems, its low maintenance requirements, and perhaps most of all for its absolute deer and rabbit resistance. It thrives in most well-drained soil types, is hardy in Zones 3-8, and is best in full, hot sun, but will tolerate light shade. It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and other pollinators, and makes a great companion plant for early and late blooming plants, and provides great color in the border even through the hottest summer. It can be used in perennial borders, herb gardens, rock gardens, as a groundcover or even as a cascading container plant. At Stargazer Perennials we wouldn’t plan a garden without it, and we don’t think you should either! There are several other excellent Catmints, so be sure and check out our other varieties like ‘Six Hills Giant’, ‘Dawn to Dusk’, and ‘Little Titch’. All are deer and rabbit proof!

Companion Plants:
Walker's Low Catmint is a versatile perennial garden plant. For a bullet-proof deer resistant perennial garden plant Walker's Low Catmint with other highly deer resistant plants such as: Coreopsis "Zagreb", Achillea "Moonshine", Salvia May Night, Calamagrostis Karl Foerster, Rudbeckia Goldstrum (Black Eye Susan) and Boltonia.

Planting Tip: In the fall plant daffodils around the base of Walker's Low Catmint. In the early spring when Walkers low is still dormant, the daffodils (which are also very deer resistant) will bloom, covering the dormant foliage. Just as the daffodils begin to fade, Walker's Low Catmint is up and running. In a few weeks the lovely, lush grey-green foliage will cover the daffodil leaves. You can trim the daffodil leaves back 3-4", but let the rest die back under the foliage of the catmint. The following spring you will be rewarded all over again as the daffodils repeat their show! We typically plant 10 daffodils or narcissus for every Walkers Low Catmint.