Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’



Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’ is a low-maintenance perennial that adds charm to any garden. Lavender-blue flower spikes bloom abundantly, attracting pollinators and emitting a pleasant fragrance from late spring to summer. With a compact, mounding growth habit, it reaches about 30-60cm in height and spread. The grey-green foliage complements the vibrant blooms.

Flourishing in full sun and well-draining soil, ‘Walker’s Low’ demands minimal care once established. Pruning spent flowers encourages reblooming. This hardy and versatile plant is perfect for borders, rock gardens, or cottage-style landscapes, infusing colour and allure effortlessly. Elevate your garden with Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ and its captivating features.


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Origin: Central and Southern Europe
Genus: Nepeta
Species / Cultivar: racemosa 'Walker's Low'
Common Name: Catmint
Synonym: Nepeta × faassenii 'Walker's Low'

Plant Biography

Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’ is a cultivar of catmint that has gained popularity for its attractive qualities. It was discovered at the Walker’s Low Garden in England, which is why it carries the name ‘Walker’s Low’. Despite the name, it doesn’t actually refer to the plant’s height but rather the location where it was found.

The original Walker’s Low Garden, located in the Staffordshire region of England, was known for its collection of plants, particularly perennials and herbaceous species. The discovery of this specific cultivar marked a notable addition to the world of gardening.

Introduced to the gardening market, ‘Walker’s Low’ catmint quickly gained recognition for its compact growth habit, vibrant lavender-blue flowers, and ability to attract pollinators. Its hardiness, adaptability to various growing conditions, and low-maintenance requirements contributed to its popularity among gardeners, making it a staple in many gardens around the world.

Nepeta 'Walker's Low'
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 0.1-0.6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.1-0.6m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.

Plant trivia

When cats come into contact with catmint, they may exhibit playful and sometimes erratic behavior, such as rolling, purring, and rubbing against the plant. This reaction to catmint is hereditary and not all cats are affected by it; approximately 50-70% of cats are sensitive to nepetalactone.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

To care for Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’, plant it in well-draining soil and a sunny location. Water it regularly until established, then water only during dry spells. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms and trim back after flowering to promote fresh growth. This low-maintenance perennial requires minimal fertilisation, preferring poorer soils, and is resistant to most pests and diseases. Prune it back hard in early spring to encourage compact growth. Enjoy the aromatic foliage and vibrant blooms that attract pollinators, making it a delightful addition to your garden with minimal effort.

Expert Tip

After the first flush of flowers in the spring, give it a light prune back to encourage more flowers.


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