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Re: Invasiveness

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Hyssopus officinalis

Hi, Deone,
Hyssopus officinalis is not invasive but at maturity can have a wide spread of about 1m.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 2nd May 2011 18:54

Re: hyssopus officinalis

Message from loraine roles

In forum: Hyssopus officinalis ssp. aristatus

thanks kathy, have cold frame, will do.

  • Posted: Tue. 16th November 2010 20:30

Re: hyssopus officinalis

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Hyssopus officinalis ssp. aristatus

Hi, Loraine,
The best time to sow seed is now in containers placed in a cold frame if you have one. If you don't have a cold frame, you could get an inexpensive propagator at your local garden centre and keep it in a sunny, sheltered spot over the winter - just make sure it doesn't freeze and gets ventilation. The packet should tell you how deep to sow.
Kathy C.

  • Posted: Mon. 15th November 2010 18:36

hyssopus officinalis

General post from loraine roles

In forum: Hyssopus officinalis ssp. aristatus

when should i plant seed ad how, seeds are from RHS Wisley

  • Posted: Sat. 13th November 2010 14:56

Hyssopus officinalis

Comment from Miriam Mesa-Villalba

In forum: Hyssopus officinalis

Hyssop's dense clusters of small two-lipped flowers are attractive to bees. Hyssop was used as a stewing herb, mixed amongst rush or straw floor coverings. The stems, leaves and flowers yield an essential oil with a particularly fine scent. This is much used by perfumiers and valued even more highly than oil of lavender. Extracts of hyssop are also employed in the making of liqueurs, and are an important ingredient of Chartreuse.

  • Posted: Thu. 4th June 2009 07:53

Wildlife border

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

Hi, Jo
What fun planning a new border!
I have a few suggestions that might work, but they are based on the assumption that the border is not too wet (even thought near the pond)?
A couple of low-growers to attract wildlife(I tried to keep all suggestions under 60 cm) could be:
- Hyssopus officinalis - up to 60cm wth narrow, aromatic, dark green leaves and spikes of purple-blue flowers from midsummer to early autumn. Thrives on chalky soils nad is drought tolerant
- Most Thyme
- Alllium schoenoprasum - Chives - A favourite spring bloomer of mine and great in the kitchen, too. No bigger than 60cm, though usually shorter.
- Allium cristophii
- Allium sphaerocephalon - I admit, this gets taller than 60cm, but it is a 'see-through' plant - the foliage is low to the ground and the flowers are on long, thin stalks that rise above the foliage of lower-growing plants - I love these!
- If cats aren't a problem, what about Nepeta?
- Sedum 'Herbstfreude' or any other similar cultivar is great for attracting wildlife in autumn.
- Any prostrate, cascading Rosemary will attract loads of bees in flower.
- Calamintha nepeta 'White Cloud' - Lesser Calamint is a favourite of bees, too.
- Dwarf Monardas - there are some cultivars of Bee Balm (Bergamot) that stay under 50cm - 'Pink Lace', 'Fireball', 'Pink Supreme' are just a few - a definite butterfly magnet. Just watch out for powdery mildew on them.

If the ground closest to the pond is at all moist, have you considered Caltha palustris (a favourite pond/marginal plant of mine).

I hope this short list is of some use. If I think of any others, I will be sure to add to the list. Hopefully some other members will be able to add to it, too.
Happy planning and planting and please let me know what you choose.
Kathy C.

  • Posted: Wed. 18th March 2009 21:19