Agastache are beautiful, aromatic herbaceous perennials, rich of many qualities: broad color palette, lovely vertical lines, abundant blooms, drought and heat tolerance, great versatility. And they are not only pleasing to people - bees, hummingbirds and butterflies adore them too.
- There are about 30 species of Agastache but only 4 are typically found in our gardens: Agastache foeniculum, Agastache mexicana, Agastache rugosa and Agastache rupestris.
- All have spires of two-lipped flowers, delicately shaded by darker calyxes colors, creating a harmonious ensemble of colorful spikes rising above foliage mounds and invariably drawing the eye.
- Agastache plants provide a bold visual impact in beds, borders, wildflower gardens, herb gardens, butterfly gardens or prairie gardens over a very long season, typically from early summer to early fall. They create a stunning effect when mixed with other perennials or planted en masse. They are perfect for prairie plantings where they will self-seed and thrive without maintenance.
- Agastache attract streams of hummingbirds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators.
- Agastache are easily grown in full sun, in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Good drainage is important!
- Drought, dry soil and heat tolerant once established.
- Agastache are generally disease and pest free (they might occasionally be subject to powdery mildew) and resistant to deer and rabbits.
- Deadhead spent flowers to promote additional bloom. Agastache plants will easily self seed in good growing conditions.