The low down on Walker's Low
I love Nepeta, and have a long (for me - maybe 16 feet) swath of Walker's Low all along the long side of a brick patio. To my eye, it's really stunning, from the time it leafs out until right about now, when the first flush of flowers fades and the plant flops horribly, revealing its shabby center.
The flowers, at this point, actually keep a fair amount of color, and new ones are still forming, but the overall look of the plants gets more dismal by the day. It has to be cut down, but this leaves a very sad, injured looking row of nearly bare 3 inch stems. It will take at least a week for new leaves to appear, and then there will be a second flush of flowers, not as spectacular as the first, but ... still very nice.
Do you cut back your Nepeta? Is it in a prominent spot? Do you have a secret for dealing with the bare stems right in the middle of garden party season? Is Walkers Low the worst of them all in this regard? My other varieties don't seem to be so bad, but they don't really compare in bloom power and vigor, and they're not in such prominent positions, either.