Pruning Catmint

Catmint was one of the first perennials I put in my garden.  In fact, it’s still in its original spot in my front garden some twelve years later.  Catmint is awesome because it looks and smells fabulous – sweet and minty but not as strong as regular mint.  The blue/purple flowers rebloom for me thought the summer with or without pruning.

I have a section of catmint planted outside a window and I recently pruned it to look like a hedge.  It turned out great.

That started me thinking that I could use a hedge trimmer on all my catmint.  The results are awesome.  It cleans it up and the cuttings can be saved in a container for potpourri.  Lovely.  

My new pruner from Lowes.  it was cheap (under $10) and it works great.  Look how nicely controlled and compact it looks on the border of this garden.  Very happy with this.

Did I mention that catmint is in the catnip family?  A fun fact.

Happy pruning.

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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