Friday, September 4, 2009

Look What Popped Up in the Herb Garden!

In the last incarnation of this bed, I had placed germander, santolina in an overgrown knot garden and for a surprise in the center I placed two 'Golden Jubilee' anise hyssops.  During one very cold winter several years ago, I looked out the kitchen window and spotted a rabbit poking his/her head out of the center of this bed.  It had made a home in the ice and snow on top of the anise hyssops!  The next spring I only had one 'Golden Jubilee' left!  I think the rabbit made a nest around the other or just sat on the poor thing and it rotted!  This anise hyssop needs well-drained soil and full sun, but it will also tolerate light shade.  It has chartreuse foliage and lavender-purple flowers.  The flowers are edible and tasty.  Like Good 'N Plenty candy!  It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.  It is very drought tolerant!  It is a plant that the deer don't eat it!  Whoo! Hoo!  Next season, we will have to move this one to another spot in the garden.  It's a herbal keeper!


Teashop Girl said...

What a gorgeous garden!

lemonverbenalady said...

Thanks Teashop Girl! It has been beautiful weather here in western Pennsylvania. The herb garden is looking especially nice. Hope you stop by again some time!