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Catnip Winter Care – Is Catnip Winter Hardy

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Even if you don’t have cats, catnip is a perennial herb that is easy to grow and attracts bees and other pollinators. You can even make a tasty and stomach-soothing tea from it. Depending on where you live, winter can be a little harsh on your catnip, so learn how to protect it here.

Cutting Back Catnip: Should I Prune Catnip Plants

By Amy Grant

Catnip is a no-fuss, easy-to-grow member of the mint family that requires little maintenance. What about pruning catnip plants though? Is cutting back catnip necessary? Click here to find out about pruning catnip plants and, if need be, how to prune catnip.

Planting Catnip For Cats: How To Grow Catnip For Cat Use

By Amy Grant

If you have cats, then you are more than likely to have given them catnip or have toys for them that contain catnip. As much as your cat appreciates this, he/she would love you even more if you provided them with fresh catnip. Learn about planting catnip for cats here.

Treating Catnip Diseases – How To Manage Problems With Catnip

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

There are few issues that will seriously affect the plant's health. They take quite a lot of abuse from overly interested neighborhood felines. However, if your plant looks sick, fungal issues are probably the most common diseases of catnip. Learn more here.

What Is Catnip For: Learn About Various Uses For Catnip

By Mary Ellen Ellis

The name says it all, or almost all. Catnip is a common herb that you can cultivate in the garden but that also grows wild. Knowing how to use catnip means you can put this plentiful herb to good use for both you and your feline friends. Learn more in this article.

Catnip Plant Varieties: Growing Different Species Of Nepeta

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Catnip is a member of the mint family. There are several types of catnip, each easy to grow, vigorous and attractive. Learn more about the various types of catnip plants that you can add to your garden here in this article.

Dogs And Catnip – Is Catnip Bad For Dogs

By Teo Spengler

Cats and dogs are opposite in so many ways that it is no surprise that they react differently to catnip. While cats delight in the herb, rolling in it and becoming almost giddy, dogs do not. So is catnip bad for dogs? Can dogs eat catnip? Find out in this article.

Catnip And Insects – How To Fight Catnip Pests In The Garden

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

The plants are generally trouble-free, and when it comes to catnip, pest problems generally aren’t much of a problem. Click on this article for information on a few common catnip plant pests, along with some helpful tips on catnip as pest repellent.

Troubleshooting Catnip Problems – Reasons For Catnip Plants Not Thriving

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Catnip is a hardy herb, and catnip problems are usually fairly easy to figure out. If you’re dealing with catnip issues, click on the following article and we’ll troubleshoot a few of the most common problems with catnip plants that you may encounter.

When And How To Pick Catnip – Tips For Harvesting Catnip Plants

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Catnip is every cat’s favorite plant, and its drug-like, euphoric effect on our furry friends is well known to cat lovers. You can also use catnip as a culinary herb. If you grow catnip in the garden, you should know when and how to harvest the leaves. This article will help.

How To Root Catnip Cuttings – Can You Grow Catnip From Cuttings

By Teo Spengler

If your cat loves the herb catnip, it’s no big surprise. But you may soon find yourself needing more catnip plants than you have. Don’t worry. It is easy to grow more catnip from cuttings. Click this article for tips on how to root catnip cuttings.

Benefits Of Catnip – How To Use Catnip Herb Plants

By Amy Grant

If you have a feline friend or two, you are no doubt familiar with catnip. Not every cat is interested in catnip, but those that are can’t seem to get enough of it. Kitty loves it, but what else can you do with catnip? Catnip herb plants have a history of herbal uses. Learn more here.

Companions For Catnip: Learn About Plants To Grow With Catnip

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

As a member of the mint family, catnip has a similar appearance and pungent oils characteristic of the group. This makes catnip as a companion plant very useful in the garden, repelling certain pests. Learn more about catnip as pest repellent in this article.

Planting Catnip In A Pot – How To Grow Catnip In Containers

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If you have kitties, you know they are passionate about catnip. Organic catnip is best but can be hard to source and expensive when you do find it. Catnip container care is easy and suitable for even a novice so anyone can grow their own. Learn more here.

Do I Have Catmint Or Catnip: Are Catnip And Catmint The Same Plant

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Cat lovers who also love to garden are likely to include cat-favorite plants in their beds, but it can get a little confusing. Especially tricky is catnip vs. catmint. All cat owners know their furry friends love the former, but what about catmint? Learn more in this article.

Are Cats Attracted To Catnip – Protecting Your Catnip From Cats

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Does catnip attract cats? The answer is, it depends. Some kitties love the stuff and others pass it by without a second glance. Let’s explore the interesting relationship between cats and catnip plants. Click this article for more information.

Catnip Drying Tips: Can You Dry Catnip Herb For Later Use

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Among favorites for the kitties is catnip. While many cats love this herb, some don’t like it fresh, preferring it be dried. If you’re a cat lover whose looking for a new experience for your feline, think of drying catnip leaves. This article will help get you started.

Planting Catnip – How To Grow Catnip

By Heather Rhoades

Catnip plants can help make your garden a cat-friendly garden. Growing catnip is easy, but there are some things you need to know about how to grow catnip that will make you more successful. This article will help.


The flowers you choose to install in your butterfly garden are likely to be classics that your parents or grandparents grew. Growing these heirlooms preserves genetic diversity, honors old-fashioned garden style, and connects you to your ancestors. It also allows you to propagate your garden by saving seed.

Traditional flowers that you will see repeatedly in butterfly gardens include brightly colored plants with shallow blossoms that allow easy nectar access. Popular butterfly perennials include milkweed, coneflowers, hyssop, asters, and liatris. Shrubs add a structure to the landscape while nourishing butterflies, so include some viburnum, sweetspire, and elderberry. These plants and shrubs all thrive in full sun, which butterflies need to maintain their metabolism.

Use a mix of annuals and perennials to prolong blooming time. Flowering containers allow you to exchange plantings during low-blooming lulls in the garden, like late spring and late summer. Use a combination of window boxes, patio containers, and hanging baskets to help create staggered blooming heights in the butterfly garden. Stick to nectar-rich flowers like pentas, cosmos, lantana, petunias, and zinnias instead of sterile hybrid flowers to ensure a steady supply of nectar.

Include not only a variety of colors, but plants of differing heights to attract more butterflies. A short row of flowering bedding plants may look attractive to homeowners, but it doesn’t satisfy the needs of some butterflies. In nature, butterflies fill specific feeding niches by focusing on flowers at certain heights. By including flowers that grow at a range of heights, you can not only achieve a professional-looking border, you will attract a greater variety of butterflies. For example, Tiger Swallowtails seek tall flowers like Joe Pye weed and honeysuckle vines. The Least Skipper and Little Yellow butterflies prefer flowers closer to the ground, like lavender, dianthus, and asters.


Most widely available is Nepeta x faassenii. It forms a silver gray-green mound about 2 feet wide and reaches 1 to 2 feet high in flower. The basic form bears loose spikes of soft lavender-blue blossoms. Named selections include ‘Porcelain’, a 1½-foot plant with soft blue blossoms and blue-gray leaves, and white-flowered ‘Snowflake’. ‘Dropmore’, a 2-foot plant with longer spikes of rich blue flowers may be sold Nepeta x faassenii, but is probably a hybrid. ‘Six Hills Giant’, 2 to 3 feet high and 3 feet wide, is another probable Nepeta x faassenii hybrid and looks like a larger version of it.

Husky Nepeta grandiflora is an open, upright plant 2½ to 3 feet high and about 1½ feet wide. It has violet-blue flowers. Its cultivar ‘Brandean’ bears lavender-blue blossoms emerging from purple calyxes ‘Dawn to Dusk’ has lilac-pink blossoms and purple calyxes. In both, the calyxes persist after flowers have finished.

Siberian catmint, Nepeta siberica, is another upright plant of about the same size as Nepeta grandiflora, but its rich violet-blue blossoms are larger and bloom later, appearing in summer. ‘Souvenir d’André Chadron’ (Blue Beauty) appears to be a Nepeta sibirica hybrid and has the same plant size and flower color, but it blooms over a longer period.


This is the magic plant when it comes to cats because it is very likely to work on that small percentage of cats who do not react to catnip!

Remember, this effect doesn’t happen with all honeysuckle plants. It only works with Lonicera tatarica, also called tartarian honeysuckle sawdust.

Unlike catnip, this honeysuckle’s effects can be revived by dampening it. Just make sure that you use the sawdust shavings of honeysuckle, which you can buy at a pet store, and not the seeds or berries. The seeds and berries of honeysuckle plants can be toxic to cats and cause bad stomach issues.

So remember, if your cat isn’t interested in catnip, you have a lot of other options to try! And even if your cat is a huge fan of their catnip toys, you might give these other plants a chance to see if your kitty likes them more or just to offer a little variety.

Has your cat tried any of these plants? Did they have a strong reaction? Let us know in the comments below!


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