Why you should trim your cat... mint...
This is catmint.
Nice, composed, growing in a clump catmint.
All of my catmint does not look like this.
In fact, most of my catmint looks like this:
Why? ...because this spring we had a few giant storms and it basically took the catmint out, shoving it down the the ground, flattening it in the middle. So some of my plant were trimmed to remove the pieces that fell down. I cut the plant about 2" from the ground and then left the rest to grow unhindered.
I should have been more brave and cut everything down. I know to do this. I know mums and mints and such should be cut back once or twice in the spring so that they will grow tighter, more full and bloom later. The problem is, in spring, I want things to grow. I am so in love with life and green and plants and am hungry for blooms. I want to speed my plants up and make them grow grow grow! The only problem is that they soon grow "leggy" and sometimes get spindly and weak and then a storm takes them out anyway.
Wouldn't a whole cluster or the good looking catmint be beautiful instead of the half and half mix I'm rocking right now? A whole sea of trimmed catmint would look BEAUTIFUL!
Next year, I will be better about cutting back my fast growing green bunching plant like this catmint. I will be tough and realize that a little cutting back now will be worth it in just a few short months. ...and I will look to my catmint to inspire me when it comes to life.