Which Flowers can be used to make Potpourri?

The flower of Anise Hyssop can be used to make Potpourri.  Many customary ingredients in a Potpourri will be the green leaves of scented herbs.  In addition to its fragrant leaves, Anise Hyssop also provides a flower that will add a light purple color to your mixture of green herb leaves.

Anise Hyssop is one of the easiest perennial herbs to grow.  It can tolerate partial shade, which makes it an attractive plant for herb gardens that do not enjoy full sun.  And, it is hardy to Zone 4, making it a “North Country” herb.

The Anise Hyssop’s scientific name is Agastache foeniculum.  It has a square stem and serrated leaves.  Its flowers are cylindrical spikes.


Anise Hyssop in the Garden

The Anise Hyssop can grow to be 3 feet tall.  It self sows easily and may take over the ground of nearby herbs.  Therefore, you should give it 18 inches of space and place it with the taller herbs.  You can “harvest” Anise Hyssop flowers and it will grow to flower two to three more times for additional flower spikes.  

Anise Hyssop is an herb whose leaves and flowers have culinary and medicinal uses.  It is fragrant, emitting a pleasant licorice scent.  With its spires of purple flowers, it is decorative in your garden and attracts beneficial bumble bees. You should, for those reasons alone, grow Anise Hyssop in your herb garden.

However, Anise Hyssop is also terrific flower for home-made Potpourri.  The flower has the strongest purple color when it is one half to one inch long.  The color will fade somewhat from purple to violet but at that size, best maintains its shape. To use the flower for potpourri, cut a stem and hang it upside down in an airy, shaded place to permit it to dry.


Potpourri with Anise Hyssop, Scented Geranium and Lemon Verbena

So, because its flowers retain their color, and when dried, a faint remembrance of its licorice scent, the flower of the Anise Hyssop is a wonderful ingredient for your home-made Potpourri.