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Anise Hyssop; IHA Herb of the Year

Each year the International Herb Association (IHA) reports on its chosen Herb of the Year and the herb of 2019 is Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum). This member of the mint family has a wide variety of applications from tea infusions to pollinator attraction in the garden. As a medicinal herb Anise Hyssop is beneficial for digestive function and can help reduce inflammation. The herb is also high in antioxidants and has antimicrobial properties that lend its digestive benefits. The leaves can be used to add flavor to salads, jellies, honey, or distilled spirits for a taste of the garden in your evening cocktail.

In its native ecosystem of North America Anise Hyssop can reach heights of four to five feet with stemmed purple flowers topping the stalks. These bloom in mid to late summer and will self seed readily so be ready for little sprouts in the next season. The benefits of this plants extend beyond their decorative and culinary properties and more is being learned about ancient uses of this herb and how it can be useful in a modern health regimen. The IHA offers a book full of information on the herb of the year that you can check out here if you would like to dig deeper into the soil of the Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum). Pick up a start of a pack of seeds and start growing some Anise Hyssop in your garden this year!

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Spring Time Planters

As the season begins to slowly warm and the plants prepare to bloom, we start to see the green earth spring back to life. This beauty happens naturally where the earth has been left to grow. There are many places where people find themselves in modern times that lack a substantial amount of natural growing area. It is up to us to bring the spring greenery to our concrete areas and therefore more beauty into our lives. One of the best ways to increase the amount of native beauty in our modern living spaces is by including planters into the design of these spaces. Planters can be large scale, like the ones we installed here, that decorate the facade of the Three Rivers Food Co-op, Fort Wayne, IN, or they can be smaller to fit beside front doorways. The possibilities of using planters are as vast as the designs of planters themselves.

Our aim of landscaping design is to increase the amount of functional native beauty around us. Using planters can add interest, especially in difficult to grow places. Our team at J. Lynne Associates has the knowledge and experience necessary to design and cultivate planters with the health and sustainability of the plants in mind. Contact us to discuss how planters could be implemented into your landscape and therefore increase your enjoyment in these places.