Now is the perfect time of year to plan your summer borders and beds. Catnip has been getting our feline friends happy for years and we are no exception, this fragrant plant is a delight to have in the garden for both you and the Cat! Catnip or catmint (Nepeta cataria), as its sometimes known, is a great looking herb that bees love and is prolific and easy to grow, even my mother hasn’t managed to kill hers. If being in our gardens isn’t cheer enough at times like this, squeezing the leaves gives off an uplifting scent or try making it into a tea, once you have finished wrestling the cat for some leaves!
Catnip can be planted in your garden in spring or Autumn, from seed or plants. It will sprout in two to three weeks if started from seed and will grow to a height of three or four feet with pretty lavender flowers. You can even mix it with other herbs from the garden such as lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and chamomile which can help manage stress and help with sleep