Posted: 29/03/2015 at 11:53
I have grown catnip for my cats over the years and have concluded that some varieties do not appeal to cats.ie Six Hills Giant, which my cat totally ignored. Cat mint does need well drained soil in full sun to do well.
I have a plant in the border now which all visiting felines love so to avoid the poor plant being decimated I have put an old, large, upturned, wire, hanging basket over the crown of the the plant, leaving the stems to grow through it. It is pegged down with short lengths of cane pushed in around the edge as the cats will dislodge it if it is not fixed firmly. The cats can then chew and roll as much as they like and the basket doesn't really show once the plant is in full growth. I leave the basket in situ all year round as I have seen the local felines rolling on it in the middle of winter, scratching their backs I suspect.
It gives me a laugh to see them all try to stand up and walk in a straight line after a dose, their eyes are positively crossed with delerium.
Must say I quite like the smell and the flowers are loved by bees.