Anyone who keeps bees will already know that Hyssop helps them to produce a rich and aromatic honey – indeed you can find this included in our Bee Herby collection. It is also an important nectar source for many other useful insects and thus a plant or two in the vegetable garden is a good idea although it does attract butterflies (including the white ones that then flutter off to our cabbages!), as long as you know this then you will know to net the cabbages so everyone is happy! Hyssop is also said to repel pests (including flea beetles) and be a good companion plant to vines As it is evergreen in all but the coldest of gardens Hyssop provides some structure to the garden in winter. If you keep the plants trimmed they will make a nice low hedge but you will miss out on the lovely flowers. There are plenty of ways to use hyssop: in Elizabethan times it was used as a strewing herb and it is a good addition to homemade pot pouri. For eating it adds flavour to meat, bean dishes, soup and salad although start by using a small amount as some find the flavour quite strong. It can be used to flavour liquers. Oh and the flowers are edible too!
You can buy 50 seeds for 50p or as part of our Bee Herby collection – 4 herbs for £1.75