Favorite or New Plant
'Walker's Low' catmint (Nepeta x faassenii), chosen as the 2007 Perennial Plant of the Year, is a non-stop bloomer with violet-blue flower spikes over a mound of gray-green foliage. A member of the mint family, it has characteristic square stems, opposite leaves, and aromatic fragrance. The name 'Walker's Low' originates from the garden in England where it was selected, not from its growth habit, which is often 30-inches tall.
I grow 'Walker's Low' around my 'Knockout' roses where they shade plant roots and make a nice color combo with the roses' cherry- red blooms. I cut them back twice during the growing season to renew foliage and bloom, first in June, then in August.
The plant has virtually no pest or disease problems, is unpalatable to deer and rabbits, and attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.
Tool or Gardening Product
Yellowjacket & Wasp Trap
Contech, a leading manufacturer of pheromones, lures, repellents and traps for a wide range of pests, has developed a pesticide-free, eco-friendly Yellowjacket & Wasp Trap for homeowner use. The product comes with a plastic pouch trap that can sit upright or hang from a tree branch, and one packet of liquid lure. After the trap is baited, it should be hung at least 10 feet from areas frequented by people. The heavy-duty pouch can be reused; replacement lures are available separately.