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Hyssop

Hyssopus officinalis

An evergreen, bushy perennial herb, hyssop produces upright stems with small white, lavender, or blue flowers in summer. It grows up to 2 feet tall and makes a good plant for edging and containers. Although this plant is not closely related to anise hyssop, both plants attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

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1 to 3 feet

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12-15 inches wide

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4-9

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Hummingbird mint
Both hyssop and hummingbird mint attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Compact hyssop works well as a foreground plant to the taller, airier stems of hummingbird mint. The pink tubular blooms of hummingbird mint contrast nicely with the lavender-purple spikes of hyssop.
Lavender
In Zone 4, the purple flower spikes of hyssop make a good substitute for less-hardy lavenders. Where both can be grown, pair them for a double dose of violet. The fine medium-green foliage of hyssop stands out against the silvery gray of lavender.
Veronica
With blooms of white, pink, or purple, veronica complements hyssop blooms. Try surrounding hyssop with low-growing groundcover types in front of it and taller spiked speedwell behind it in the border.
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