Calamint (Calamintha nepeta) ‘White Cloud’ is one of those plants that I’d never noticed – either at the nursery or in anyone’s garden – until I grew it myself, an experience that’s turned me into a HUGE fan of the plant.
I love it because this one plant has spread in a single season to cover a 2×3′ area, and the white, mint-scented flowers that first appeared in June are still going strong in October! Four continuous months of flowers! The butterflies and bees LOVE it. AND it’s drought-tolerant. And according to expert sources, it’s longer-lived and better smelling than the similar-looking baby’s breath.
I think the reason I never noticed it is that it’s a filler plant, not a show-stopper. Like background plants, fillers sometimes get no respect. Just give it full sun to light shade and wow, what a performer! It reportedly self-seeds and I’m soooo hoping it does.
Thanks to Larry Hurley for turning me on to this under-appreciated plant.
by Susan Harris