will notice that we have discontinued with the plant list
in our annual newsletter. Our plant selection changes
from year to year and we feel that if we give you a list,
we should have all the plants on it available to you.
There are quite
a few new varieties this year along with our unique regulars.
We have added to our list of lavenders. We carry quite
a few tender lavenders. A lot of people do not wish to
take the time to care for a tender plant - one that will
not survive our winter if left out of doors. If you
keep them in pots all summer, and just bring the pot in
the fall, you will have no trouble having the plant survive
the winter. They will bloom continuously in your house,
and the smell is fantastic. When spring comes, out they
go again. Lavenders are easy to care for as a house plant
since they are not susceptible to bugs or diseases. We
have a few new rosemaries this year also. One that we
carried in a limited supply last year was Barbeque Rosemary.
This rosemary has a light barbeque taste, great for grilling
in the summer. We have a miniature rosemary for those
of you that have fairy gardens or trough gardens. Along
with the miniature rosemary, we have elfin. Elfin thyme
is a very low growing, non flowering thyme. These are
just a few of the new varieties we have. Come and enjoy
browsing through our plants racks - we know you will find
something just perfect for your garden or patio
Herb of the Year 2018 - Anise Hyssop
hyssop is an hardy perennial that belongs to the mint
family. It grows to between 2-3 feet high, has oval pointed
leaves with whitish undersides and has an anise-mint scent.
Long spikes of purple-blue flowers appear in late summer.
Anise hyssop grows in rich, moist soil
in a sunny site. I have found it in very shady spots since
it self-sows quite readily. It can very easily be grown
from seeds or root division.
Bees and hummingbirds love this plant
and will be attracted to your garden if you grow these
The dried flowers can also be used in
dried arrangements as the blossoms retain their fragrance
Uses for Anise
1. Dream pillows - stops nightmares and
encourages sweet dreams.
2. Relaxing and Healing Bath Infusion-
put dried leaves in a square of cheesecloth and hang from
the tub faucet. Also used for pain relief so it is good
for sore muscles.
3. Cordial - Anise Hyssop is a traditional
ingredient in absinthe and makes for a tasty homemade
infusion. Fill a jar half full with fresh leaves and fill
the jar completely with vodka, cover and let sit for a
month. Strain the leaves and sweeten with sugar syrup
to taste. You now have a wonderful anise flavored dessert
4. Tea - the tea has medicinal benefits-
helps expel mucus making it ideal for treating colds.
5. Flower garnish - garnish for your salad
6. Anise Hyssop jelly
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