Day 189: lemon catnip

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

Nepeta cataria  ‘Citriodora’ – detail from The Naturecraft Garden by Pollyanna Wilkinson at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019

Nepeta cataria ‘Citriodora’ – detail from The Naturecraft Garden by Pollyanna Wilkinson at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2019

It’s taken me years to appreciate nepeta. Perhaps, as with our feline friends, catnip doesn’t quite get us all in the same way – while one cat will completely flatten a plant with its wriggling ecstasies, another may just pass on by. I find the scent slightly off-putting, with something a little unpleasant lurking towards the musky end – for a plant with a similar visual effect, I’d rather bear with lavender’s tendency to leap into legginess at the earliest opportunity. But perhaps lemon catnip (Nepeta cataria ‘Citriodora’) might change my mind – with its grey green foliage and white flowers, I’m finding just looking at it to be particularly restful, and the citrus notes are welcome too.


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