A pretty perennial in Zones 4 to 9, anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) brings a pop of purple to the garden. The eye-catching blooms are pollinator magnets, attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Harvest leaves or purple petals to flavor teas and water. You can use either leaves or flowers fresh or dried. Anise hyssop thrives in full sun in well-drained soil.
Native perennial anise hyssop earns its keep in the garden by filling many roles. Offering beautiful cut flowers is just one of them. Known botanically as Agastache foeniculum, anise hyssop is a strong pollinator plant, bringing bees, butterflies and many beneficial insects to the garden. Leaves can be used to flavor drinks with a hint of anise, and small purple petals offer a burst of licorice flavor. Flower spikes are sturdy and work in a bouquet with or without the actual tiny lavender blooms. They provide structure and a vertical accent in arrangements. Deer-and rabbit-resistant plants grow 24 to 48 inches tall and 18 to 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8. Good vase companions for anise hyssop: purple coneflower, echibeckia, hosta, gas plant and garden phlox.
Welcome a native Amerian wildflower to your garden with sunset hyssop (Agastache rupestris). This blooming beauty brings a rich root beer aroma to the garden. Flowers appear on the plant from late summer to frost, unfurling in shades of sunset-orange. Pollinators mob this wildflower. It grows best in well-drained soil and is extremely drought tolerant once established. It’s a good plant for a xeriscape or low water-use garden. Wait until spring to cut back old growth. Plants grow 20 to 24 inches tall and 16 to 20 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-10.
Purple hyssop and yellow flowering mustard create a complimentary color palette in this vibrant country garden. The design intent was to create a garden evocative of the regional landscape through the use of perennials with year round color and textural interest.
The parterre style of the garden is defined with strong elements like topiary boxwoods in varying shapes, layered with softer plants like hyssop. The linear gravel walkway leads the visitor from the house to a formal, round fountain, and their eye to the lawn and landscape beyond.
Layers of plants surround a round, formal stone fountain in this English garden. A short Boxwood hedge defines the edge, with an abundance of vibrant and herbaceous hyssop filling the interior to the fountain's stone edge. A central urn holds a red flowering begonia.
Bee balm, also known as Oswego tea, explodes with floral fireworks in summer. The flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and make a terrific addition to the summer vase. Plants grow best in full sun to part shade with consistently moist soil. Bee balm comes in a variety of plant sizes and colors, including lavender, pink and bright purple. Rabbit- and deer-resistant plants grow 12 to 36 inches tall and 14 to 18 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Good vase companions for bee balm: anise hyssop, coreopsis, zinnia and garden phlox.
The name whitefly is fairly descriptive of what these pesky insects look like: tiny, white, flying bugs. Whiteflies cluster underneath leaves usually starting in mid- to late summer. When you disturb plants, the insects fly up, forming white clouds. It’s dramatic and horrible at the same time. They love tomatoes, perennial hibiscus, fuchsia and anise hyssop. The adults and young suck plant sap, damaging leaves as they do so and releasing sticky honeydew. Controls include ladybugs, lacewings and a naturally occurring tiny parasitic wasp. You can also control whiteflies using horticultural oils, soaps or bioinsecticides containing fungi that parasitize whiteflies.
The bee is the Savannah College of Art and Design's mascot, "a unique icon of industry" says SCAD president Paula Wallace. The bee is also the star of a new organic garden and apiary legacy project and teaching tool at the college where students can learn about a host of relevant topics including garden design; sustainability; use of plants in beauty and fragrance products; the use of beeswax in jewelry-making and painting; and how to dye fabrics using plants. In just about every way SCAD Back40 is the perfect, holistic teaching tool and laboratory for a school perpetually expanding its approach to incorporating real world practices into its curriculum. Pictured: a bee pollinating anise hyssop.
Also known as coralbells, heucheras bring season-long color to the garden and vase with their tinted leaves. Look for heuchera in a host of shades, including gold, purple, lime green, burgundy, almost black and silver. In the garden, heuchera is versatile, growing in full sun to full shade. Some varieties have a specific light preference, so be sure to read the plant tag prior to purchase. Use heuchera leaves to add color to arrangements, or pick the airy flower spikes. Blossoms appear from early to midsummer, depending on variety. Deer-resistant plants grow 6 to 8 inches tall by 10 to 12 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Good vase companions for heuchera: gas plant, Oriental lily, hosta leaves, zinnia and anise hyssop.