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Nepeta grandiflora is a beautiful strong growing Catmint with sprays of soft blue flowers set off by sea-green foliage. Nepeta is an ideal perennial for new gardeners. Plant it at the front of the border, edging a path, so that you can catch the full scent from its aromatic leaves.
Nepeta racemosa is low-growing perennial that typically forms a spreading clump of decumbent, ascending and upright stems to 12" tall and 18" wide. Features gray-green, hairy, ovate leaves with crenate margins, prominent veining and heart-shaped bases. Leaves are highly aromatic when crushed or bruised. Pale lilac to deep violet two-lipped flowers clustered in loose raceme-like verticillasters (false whorls) bloom in spring.
Catmint is a traditional sunny border plant, large and very hardy.
'Six Hills Giant' has grey-green foliage, covered all summer in masses of short spikes of lavender-like flowers which attract lots of bees. Once established, the plant is fairly drought-tolerant. The foliage is very aromatic and, when crushed or bruised, releases a strong lemony scent, hence the popularity of the plant for edging paths.
This pretty fast growing medium-size tree is close related to popular Tabebuias. Leaves are lush, tropical looking, dark red and waxy. Flowers are tubular, pink, come in bunches, attract butterflies and bees. In Africa, the Akoko Tree is regarded as a sacred tree by the Yoruba, and a symbolic marker for sacred spots. This plant has many medicinal properties and is valued in Africa. The tree is relatively cold hardy and withstands some freeze without significant damage.
The plants are adorned with solitary violet bell-shaped flowers with white centers.
All parts of the plant are poisonous and care should be taken in using in the landscape. Annual.