Kitties and gardens are a lovely pairing (except when they use your soil as the litterbox). I adore being surrounded by my wee furry beasties as I putter amongst the flowers. The cats enjoy the garden as well. Tibbs attacks gladiolas, Zoro bats bulbs, and all the kitties love to hide in the “underbrush.” Last year, I grew catnip for them in a pot and this year I plan on edging my rose bed in catmint. If I was truly devoted, though, I suppose I would plant an entire garden devoted to my feline friends, like the garden at TLC, a cat shelter in Ann Arbor, MI.
For all of you cat-loving gardeners, I’ve borrowed this list of kitty-friendly plants from the TLC website:
Cat Garden Plants (hardy to zone 5 and requiring full sun, unless otherwise noted)
- Alyssum (lobularia alyssum or lobularia maritima "Easter bonnet mix lavender")
- Baby's breath (gypsophila paniculata "pink" and "Bristol fairy")
- Barley grass, organic (hordeum vulgare)
- Blue fescue grass (festuca glauca)
- Calamint or lesser catmint (calamintha nepeta)
- Cast iron plant (aspidistra elatior) - zone 8 tropical plant; houseplant only or bring indoors in winter.
- Cat mint (nepeta x faassenii "Walker's Low")
- Cat nip (nepeta cataria)
- Cat thyme (teucrium marum)
- Creeping (trailing) rosemary Santa Barbara (rosmarinus officinalis lavandulaceous).
- Creeping thyme, red (thymus serpyllum coccineus)
- Flax (linum usitatissimum)
- Heather (calluna vulgaris "Kerstin").
- Jacob's ladder (polemonium caeruleum) - needs shade
- Lamb's ears (stachys byzantina; one "Helen Von Stein" two "silver carpet")
- Lemon grass (cymbopogon citratus) - zone 7; bring indoors in winter.
- Liriope (liriope muscari) - zone 6; will need protected area or bring indoors in winter.
- Miscanthis grass (miscanthus sinensis)
- Pennyroyal (mentha pulegium) - is a mint, will spread.
- Purple fountain grass (pennisetum setaceum)
- Organic wheat, oat, and rye grass (agropyron, avena, and lolium respectively)
- Silver vine (actinidia polygama)
- Striped ribbon grass (phalaris arundinacea), can be invasive
- Sweetgrass (hierochloe odorata)
- Tufted sedge (carex elata "Bolwes golden"), needs shade
- Valerian (valeriana officianalis)
More on TLC’s cat garden.