A garden for all – Nepeta cataria

When designing my garden I wanted a garden the whole family (including our cat) would enjoy. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) seemed the perfect plant for this. It is a low growing plant with an attractive, small purple flower that bees love. Not only do the bees love it our cat also loves it (as well as a few of the neighbors cats). There is always a slightly flat patch in the middle of the plant and if you rub a few leaves between your fingers the cats goes mad for it. I have read that you can put little upright sticks among the plant to stop the cats from rolling in it but I believe the garden should be for everyone’s enjoyment and I receive pleasure from knowing our cat enjoys the garden as much as I do.

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