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There are a number of workhorses for the garden if you’re someone who doesn’t like to putz with plants. You’d like color and fragrance but no fuss.
Some folks call them invasive. They are or can be, but that might be just what you’re looking for.
Physostegia aka Obedient Plant
Why would an invasive flower be named “Obedient plant”? Was it a joke? No, it’s because the flowers are bendable! They will stay where you put them. The roots however, won’t… If you have a mostly sunny spot that you want to fill out, then this is your flower!
Monarda ‘Bergamo’ from Park Seed
Wild Bergamot, Monarda, Bee Balm. Any way you say it, this is a working plant! The above cultivar, ‘Bergamo’, is also powdery mildew resistant. That’s a huge plus. It will bloom all summer in full sun and you can cut flowers for indoors, it just keeps blooming. There are MANY more colors to choose from.
Once planted, you’ll never get rid of Peppermint! I love the smell of this plant. I was known to deliberately hit it with the lawn mower to inhale that wonderfully invigorating scent. Use for tea or to infuse oil.