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The 2021 Perennial Plant of the Year is Calamintha nepeta nepeta. It was selected by the Perennial Plant Association members for its suitability to a wide range of growing conditions, low maintenance, multiple seasons of interest as well as pest and disease resistance.
Calamintha is one of my favorite perennials as well. It is a bee and pollinator magnet. But don’t worry the bees are more interested in the plant’s nectar than you.
Hardy in zones 5 to 7, it grows best in full sun, well-drained soil and is drought tolerant once established. The aromatic leaves are deer resistant and form a mound 18 inches tall and wide.
The white flowers remind me a bit of baby’s breath and appear from early summer to fall. It combines nicely with shrub roses and other perennials.
A bit more information: You can lightly shear calamintha to remove spent blooms and create a neater habit. I let mine grow freely and find it just as beautiful and appealing to the bees and other pollinators.