Today we have the very bright and energetic Mary Ellen. Her favorite plant is amongst my favorites as well.
Mary Ellen Biell, Administrative Assistant & Customer Service A member of the Midwest team since 2002, Mary Ellen works with both external and internal customers on direct sales needs and in administrative functions. She holds a Bachelor of Science and supports many development initiatives through her excellent project management skills. She says what she likes best about working with customers is recognizing their individuality and ultimately helping them and being able to thank them for their orders. Some of her favorite plants include Conifers and Ferns.
I learned to love Calamintha nepeta spp nepeta gazing out my window at work. We have a beautiful clump of these in our Piet Oudolf garden. The tiny white flowers cover this neatly clumped plant and last from June until frost. But, I’m not alone in loving this plant. Honey bees and bumblebees are crazy for it. They work on each tiny flower until sunset, even later, well into the fall. It’s a delight to see nature unfold before me on this lovely plant.
A couple further notes about Calamintha. This particular variety is sterile which makes it a better option than the straight species which can run you down. The straight species will seed about readily. Calamintha nepeta ssp nepeta and/or Calamintha 'Montrose White' have been named the 2011 Wisconsin perennial plant of the year! And one last reason as to why you could love it too; when temperatures fall in autumn, flower color goes from white to lightly lavender.
Until next time, have a great day!