Plant of the Week - Calamint

Well, June is perennial gardening month, so let’s stick with perennials. And this week, lets look at the 2021 Perennial of the Year, chosen by the members of the Perennial Plant Association. It’s Calamintha nepeta subspecies nepeta. Or commonly known as Calamint.

Hardy to Zone 5, this tough native perennial is perfect for a low mounding or bushy type perennial for the front of the border, rock gardens, meadow gardens, and much more. Durable, pest free, undemanding, dependable and is very drought tolerant once established.

But wait, there’s more! You see I did not mention the green foliage covered with tiny white flowers, sometimes touched with pale blue, all summer. And those tiny white flowers that look like a cloud of confetti…they are huge pollinator magnets! I mean huge!!!Butterflies included. And, adding one more thing…the foliage is minty aromatic and deer resistant.