This delightful small shrubby plant is easy to grow, needs little water and deer don't eat it!
Sow early indoors and hyssop will flower the first year from seed. It forms into a low woody plant with tiny green leaves that are very aromatic, in a breeze the scent can waft over the whole garden. In very late spring to early summer it produces a profusion of blue flowers on long spikes. It is beloved by bees and butterflies. Flowers continue although not is a great a profusion right up until frost. Leaves stay green throughout the winter months.
Grow in full sun on a well drained soil. It likes some water but if fairly tolerant of drought once it is established. It benefits from an occasional trim which is ideal if you want to use the plant as a herb. It is the ideal plant for a low hedge around a herb garden. Come claim it is claimed to be a short lived perennial needing to be replaced every few years.
It is a good companion plant to cabbage as it will lure away the white cabbage butterflies which the flowers. Hyssop is used in the kitchen to flavor soups, salads and meats. The leaves have a slightly bitter minty flavor which is very strong so it should be used sparingly. Flowers can also be used in salads or as a garnish.
Medicinally Hyssop has been used for centuries It is claimed that hyssop will soothe colic, improve digestion and eliminate flatulence. It is also used as a nerve tonic and to help build strength after illness. It can also be used as a gargle for soar throats and coughs
Hardy zones 4-10.
Note: Medicinal uses of herbs mentioned in our here is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please see a qualified medical practitioner for diagnosis if you have a health problem.