Calamintha - My Favorite Perennial is Perennial Plant of 2021!
Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta has been chosen by the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) as the Perennial Plant of the Year for 2021 and I couldn’t be happier! The straight species is Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta. A favorite hybrid of this species is 'Montrose White' Calamintha.
This is truly one of my all time favorite plants to use in a sunny garden. I love it for its very dark green foliage with its minty scent and its tiny white flowers that bloom along its 12”-24” stems from May -October. It is a pollinator magnet – and will be abuzz with butterflies and bees from Spring to Fall. In the cooler days of fall, the white flowers take on a slight lavender cast. I also love the shape it retains in winter – its tiny spent flower heads look lacy against the snow.
Because its dark green leaf color, I love pairing it with burgundy leaf shrubs like Little Devil Ninebark. The blue upright leaves of the Little Blue Stem ornamental grass combine with the Calamintha and the Ninebark to make a wonderful trio.
The Calamintha performs best in a sunny garden with well drained soil. It’s also a wonderful addition to a rock or herb garden.