2021 Perennial of the Year!
A purr-fect addition to any garden. This workhorse produces lavender-blue flowers along the entire length of the stems, and blooms from May through September. Cat’s Pajamas is a fast growing pollinator magnet. Butterflies, bees, and occasionally hummingbirds all enjoy it’s sweet nectar.
This variety lacks the spicy scent the leaves of other catmints produce, which can protect it from our feline friends. Small, aromatic leaves release a mint scent when crushed repelling Deer and Rabbits alike.
Nepeta ‘Cat’s Pajamas’
Common Name: catmint
Zones: 3 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 1.25 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 1.75 feet
Bloom Time: May to September
Flower: Show Stopper
Sun: Full sun
Tolerates: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Air Pollution
In the 1920s the word ‘Cat’ was flapper slang for fashionable young women. This was later taken up by jazz circles and morphed into a name for one of either sex who exhibited style, as in ‘cool cat’. Pajamas were a new women’s fashion.
Hence the phrase “Cat’s Pajamas” was coined to describe young, fashionable people in jazz circles and beyond.
After the first bloom, cut back Cat’s Pajamas to within 8 inches off the ground. Then sit back and enjoy it’s encore act as an entirely new bloom persists throughout the rest of the summer.
In late winter, just as the clocks are about to ‘spring ahead’ for the year, cut back Cat’s Pajamas to the ground. This annual trim provides plenty of room for the new flowers of the season to begin their summer long spectacular.
If you live on the sunny side of the street, tuck two of these into either side of your mailbox. Their sunny disposition, with gorgeous blooms and a sweet fragrance, will brighten your day every time you get the mail.
Plant Cat’s Pajamas at the base of rose bushes to hide the “knees” of the rose bush. Combined you’ll have a garden with blooms from the ground to tips.