hyssop / Hyssopus officinalis
- available to order from late autumn
- 9cm pot
This herb is semi-evergreen, so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new foliage appears again in spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, fertile, neutral to alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This aromatic semi-evergreen shrub will make a very handsome addition to both the herb garden and the mixed border. The young foliage can be used to flavour food and adds a distinctive flavour to soups, stews and salads. From midsummer to early autumn it produces very pretty deep blue flowerspikes, which help attract beneficial insects into the garden. A beguiling and versatile plant that is good in patio pots and can be used as low hedging.
- Garden care: Don't cut back the faded flower-stems in until early spring, as they provide interest in the winter months. Lift and divide congested colonies in spring.