Thursday, August 21, 2008

My favorite plant of the week

I love this plant.  It is right for a specimen plant in the garden, or as a landscape perennial en masse.  Agastache foeniculum 'Blue Fortune' (commonly known as Anise Hyssop) is beautiful, care-free, and attracts many insects including the beneficial ones that eat aphids and other nasty creatures.  The leaves when bruised have an anise scent.  The North American native Agastache foeniculum is appropriate for the wild garden.  The native plant is not as bushy, and re-seeds quite a lot, which is not a problem in the proper place.  For the more 'well-tended' garden, the cultivar works very nicely.  I find that cutting this plant down by 1/3 to 1/2 in June (in zone 4) keeps the plant more compact and not prone to flopping.  I have often seen this plant listed as zone 5 hardy, but it seems to work in zone 4.  

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