Agastache Plants, Varieties and Species
Agastache are a must buy for the dry garden, a clump forming perennial they will grow to 1m + and are a must for the border or cottage garden. Agastache flower from late spring though summer with masses of bottlebrush like flowers that are attractive to bees and birds. Agastache rugosa x foeniculum ‘Blue Fortune’ is one to look for.
Plant Profile and Growing Hints
A drought tolerant perennial plant that have great flowers, agastache are originally from the United States as well as some species from China, most garden species are from the US. Great plants for attracting bees, butterflies and birds, all love the tall flower spikes of Agastache.
Species and cultivars including A mexicana or Mexican Giant Hysop can be cut back after flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers. Pictured right is Agastache pallidiflora ssp neomexicana.
Some of the best species and cultivars include : A. rugosa (Korean Mint), A. Foeniculum (Anise Hyssop) and A. aurantiacus or ‘Apricot Humming Bird Mint’. Agastache’ blue fortune’ which will reach over 1m. Agastache ‘Sweet Lili’ with its pink flowers will reach 70 – 90cm depending on conditions.
Species and varieties
Agastache ‘blue fortune’ is a long flowering cultivar with light blue flowers on tall spikes. A. ‘Sweet Lili’ has pink tubular flowers. Agastache aurantiaca has orange flowers. A. foeniculum or ‘Blue giant hyssop’ and A.rugosa or ‘Korean Mint’ are others to look for.
A. mexicana is a tall growing plant to 1.2m although sometimes shorter depending on soil and growing conditions. Also known as ‘Mexican Hysop’ this is a drought tolerant plant that has lovely deep pink flowers.
Flowering from mid summer through to autumn Agastache mexicana is attractive to birds and bees and is an easy to care for plant. A humus rich moist but well drained soil is best, however Agastache mexicana comes into its own during dry spells when it will happily keep going with very little water.
Lots of new cultivars are becoming available including Agastache mexicana ‘Aztec Rose’, taller growing than the species and with deeper pink flowers. Agastache mexicana ‘Sangria’ with its red flowers and A. mexicana ‘Acapulco Orange’ with amazing orange flowers. Not all are available in Australia however check with the listed nurseries for the latest releases.Look for Agastache mexicana ‘Sangria’.
Agastache rupestris ‘Apache Sunset’ (pictured right) with its aniseed scented foliage has finer grey green foliage than some other species also known as ‘Anise Hyssop’. Flowers are a rosy red pink, tubular and long lasting .
Again a drought tolerant plant (this one from Arizona, New Mexico) that grows well in full sun, consider it for the rock garden, perennial border, pot or container or in the cottage garden.
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Agastache plants are available for sale from the following nurseries
52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
An online nursery specialising in drought and frost tolerant perennials and fragrant, edible and herbs.
"Burnside" Lesters Rd Ascot VIC 3364 - phone (03) 53434303
Retail and Mail Order Nursery Specialising in dry climate plants. Perennials and bulbs including many new releases from Europe & USA. All plants grown at our own nursery. Many, hardy, rare and difficult to find 'dry climate' plants.
PO Box 7040 Leura NSW 2780
Rare woodland plants, Trilliums Epimediums, Arisaemas, plus much more.www.lynnsrareplants.com.au
357 Monbulk Road SILVAN VIC 3795
Guaranteed "garden worthy" bulbs, plants and perennials. Visit the website to browse our large range of daffodils or request the latest free catalogue.