Nepeta racemosa, or raceme catnip, with purple flowers growing in a herb garden.

Catmints and Catnips (Nepeta)

If you’re a home gardener, you know the perfect plant can make all the difference in adding beauty and freshness to your outdoor space. Combining decorative appeal with an enjoyable scent that attracts beneficial pollinators, catnip (Nepeta cataria) and catmint (all other species in the genus Nepeta) are both great choices for pleasant-looking ground covers – they look beautiful and smell even better! Read our guides down below to learn about these delightful plants: their differences and similarities, how to grow them successfully, plus numerous uses for each one.

How to Plant and Grow Catmint

Flower bed with catmint neptha plants in bloom with purple flowers.

Nepeta species are aromatic flowering perennials in the mint family including catnip, catmint, and others. These hardy and easy to grow plants attract bees and butterflies while also repelling unwanted pests. And don’t forget their long history of medicinal use! Read on to learn all about growing Nepeta plants.

Learn How to Plant and Grow Catnip

A close up horizontal image of a curious gray cat investigating catnip (Nepeta cataria) plants growing in the garden.

Catnip is an easy-to-grow herbaceous perennial in the mint family that is useful for humans and kittens alike. This plant is famous both for use as a soothing medicinal tea as well as an intoxicating herb to entice our feline friends. Continue reading for a detailed guide to growing and using catnip

Catnip vs. Catmint – What’s the Difference?

A horizontal image of purple catnip growing in the garden.

Are catnip and catmint different plants? Though these herbaceous perennials in the mint family have many similarities, Nepeta cataria is a distinct species that serves a different purpose in the garden than other types of Nepeta. Learn how to differentiate between these commonly mixed up herbs in this guide. Read more now.

Grow Faassen’s Catmint for Durable Summer Color

Purple lavender flowers of Fassen's Catmint in bloom.

Faassen’s catmint is a mounded perennial that’s drought heat and tolerant, and unlike its cousin catnip, it doesn’t drive kitties crazy. You’ll love the gray-green foliage and lavender-blue flowers, not to mention the butterflies and hummingbirds this plant attracts. Learn how to grow it now with our in-depth guide!