Favorite Agastache Plants?

echinaceamaniac(7)March 11, 2012

Ok...I have decided to replace all my Salvias with various Agastache. I'm bored with Salvias that bloom and then go so long without blooming again. I think the Agastache look great longer, smell good and attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies more. What are your favorite Agastache plants? These have proven to be so reliable here. Every single one returned!

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scottyboipdx(8)

OMG...I LOVE Agastache! My faves over the past few years are:

Desert Sunrise


Blue Blazes


Purple Haze

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 2:29PM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

Wow. Those look great. I saw a yellowish one called 'Summer Glow' that looks good too.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 3:01PM
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gardenweed_z6a

Agastache rupestris/sunset hyssop (grown from seed via winter sowing) growing next to Caryopteris/blue mist shrub on one side and winter sown butterfly bush on the other. This will be its third year in this spot.

Golden jubilee was gorgeous too but it grew 4 ft. tall and as wide, much too large for the amount of space I gave it.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 3:01PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

I love the pink of 'Firebird'.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 4:02PM
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prairiegirlz5

I'm so glad I stopped by, love all these pics!. I love my Blue Fortune agastache, sorry I don't have a photo.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 7:07PM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

I rooted cuttings of all my Acapulco Trio. All 3 colors rooted in 3 days. I had no idea these rooted so easily. I will be rooting more! They bloomed till frost.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 7:23PM
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wieslaw59

I love Black Adder, Blue Fortune and Serpentine. They have already new shoots coming. They are much more hardy here than books claim.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 2:40PM
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sharoncl(z5 WI)

'Black Adder' and 'Blue Fortune' are among my all time favorites too... but my absolute favorite last year was 'Ava'.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 3:12PM
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miclino(5)

Cotton candy blooms all season for me. Heatwave planted last fall and is already taking off. These are vigorous plants.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 8:30PM
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Trishcuit

The only one I have grown is Apache Sunset. Beautiful and you just can't beat a plant with leaves that smell like root beer!
That was a few years ago and at my previous home so this year I am growing it again.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 2:50AM
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gardenweed_z6a

Feel the stems on agastache--they're square, putting them in the mint family which explains (at least to some extent) their robust growth habit and long bloom period. I've got seeds ordered for some new ones to grow this year: Astello Indigo, Apache Sunset, Bolero & Raspberry Daiquiri. Pretty certain they'll brighten up the flowerbeds + the bees will thank me...

    Bookmark   March 15, 2012 at 5:52AM
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brandyray(Coastal NC/8a)

Favorite orange agastache? And if you bought your plants by mail order, were you satisfied w/ the company you bought them from? I would like to plant some orange agastache- love the scent and flowers. So far the agastache have not been hardy for me, but I want to try again. Thanks, Brandy

    Bookmark   April 14, 2012 at 11:00PM
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MollyDog(6 PA)

Brandyray, I just ordered my favorite, Cotton Candy, because I cannot find it locally. My first time ordering from this company. I will let you know how it turns out.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 7:34AM
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calistoga_al

I have taken a pole(unscientific) among my resident Goldfinches and find they prefer the "blue" ones. We love to watch them cling to the swaying stem as they work their way around the flower pulling out the seeds. Al

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 10:01AM
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brandyray(Coastal NC/8a)

Thank you, mollydog. I will look up "Cotton Candy".

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 10:46PM
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Agnes3059

I'm so excited to see other people love Agastache as much as I do! I discovered this plant last year and I can't get enough of it. Hopefully the ones I planted last summer will survive the exceptionally cold winter we had this year.

Right now I am sowing Sunset Hyssop and Mexican Hyssop in doors. My hope is they will survive through next winter and grow large to cover an ugly field across from my house which was left behind by some builders a few years ago. The soil is very sandy so I have been trying to work in fertilizer and compost but cost prevents me from really being able to do what I want to do there. Any suggestions as to how I can get my new agastache seedlings to thrive on the hill are welcomed! I'm new to gardening so tips are appreciated:)

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 11:47PM
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christinmk z5b eastern WA

The only Agastache I have had luck with is 'Golden Jubilee'. Love the gold foliage (except when it gets tired looking in summer), but not so keen on the wishy washy colored flowers. I tend to think that the foeniculum species are better able to handle our soggy winters/springs than the "western" sorts.

In the past I tried A. canna, aurantiaca 'Coronado' & 'Apricot Sprite', and possibly ruprestis (can't remember though! Might not have...). They would do fine first year and second, but after that they would dwindle away or not make it thru a winter. I did not find leaving the stems up during winter helped any.

I am sooo jealous of those that can get them to grow for you. I'm in love with 'Cotton Candy' and that new 'Grapefruit Nectar'. :'-(

Ps. curious, do all of you find your individual agastache plants long lived, or not so much? On average, how long?
CMK

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 2:37AM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

I have several that are on their fourth year here. They are already sprouting. Golden Jubilee is very hardy here.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 8:55AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

I love Agastache! Not surprising as I love meadows and they certainly are that style to me. I have not had great luck with getting them to come back every year. I have loamy clay and in zone 6a, that makes agastaches difficult because they love great drainage over the winter.

Honey Bee Blue always comes back and I've had it in the yard every year since I started it and I believe I still have original plants, but seedlings too.

I've tried a few that didn't survive. 'Apricot Desert' I believe was one. A. rupestris didn't come back in it's 2nd year which surprised me.

Last year, I tried Golden Jubilee and Black Adder for the first time so we shall see if they come back this year.

My favorite is 'Ava' which I got from High Country Gardens. It came back last season, after it's first winter and I'm hoping for getting through a 2nd winter. Here is a photo of it in it's second season....

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 9:07AM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

That's a nice photo. I am ordering Ava this year finally!

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 9:54AM
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rouge21_gw(5)

I have access to

- "Tango"

- "Black Adder"

- "Heatwave"

- "Purple Haze"

- "Summer Glow"

- "Summer Sunset"

Do you guys have experience with the hot color offerings?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 12:44PM
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rouge21_gw(5)

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This post was edited by rouge21 on Sat, Aug 24, 13 at 20:12

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 6:59PM
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gardenweed_z6a

rouge21 - I've noticed the only Agastache that has been perennial for me in Z6a is the species A. rupestris/sunset hyssop. All the other cultivars (mentioned above) I grew from seed via winter sowing didn't survive our winter, which was more or less average. I'd looked forward to growing other types in my garden for the pollinators but it evidently wasn't meant to be.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 7:28PM
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boday

I've had good luck with 'Blue Fortune'. Blooms July till frost. If it gets too tall, cut it back and within two weeks it's blooming again. I find that the cool blue color is a very good backing against red brick and for hot colors in front of it.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 12:42AM
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boday

Double post

This post was edited by boday on Mon, Aug 26, 13 at 0:55

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 12:52AM
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wieslaw59

Click on the link to an interesting video on agastaches

Here is a link that might be useful: Agastaches video

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 6:43AM
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rouge21_gw(5)

Wonderful gardens in that video 'wieslaw'. I wish there was a google oral translator.

good to see that Agastache survives your often trying winters.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 8:11AM
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rouge21_gw(5)

UPDATE:

While I was out yesterday I picked up a healthy Agastache Black Adder. It made me happy to see it covered in bees even at the nursery.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 8:13AM
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jadeite(6/7)

Good for you! My black adders are just putting out their first flowers, and yes, the bees are all over them. Hummingbirds seem to prefer the hot colors, at least in my garden. I hope it winters over for you.

Cheryl

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 9:05AM
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rouge21_gw(5)

Thanks for the encouragement Cheryl. I would have thought that "Black Adder" would have started blooming (much) earlier?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 3:47PM
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jadeite(6/7)

Rouge, I'll tell you next year. Mine were planted at the beginning of July. All of the agastaches I have are supposed to flower from early summer to frost.

Cheryl

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 4:33PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

My 'Black Adder' started blooming much earlier, but it was straggly. I'm wondering if I wouldn't be better off pinching it back while it was young to increase the blooming stems and to get a later bloom?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 4:45PM
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mrtulin

yes, pm, pinch it back for a stockier, stalkier plant.
idabena

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 9:24PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks idabean, I'll try that next year. :-)

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 12:27PM
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Ruth_MI(z5MI)

I'm glad to read 'Black Adder' was covered in bees. I saw some the other day and almost picked it up, but all the bees were on a catmint plant close by and pretty much ignoring the agastache. I assumed it wasn't a great variety for attracting pollinators, so I didn't buy it. May have to go back for that...

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 9:05PM
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kelp

My favorite, and longest-lived, is Agastache scrophulariae. (Giant Purple Hyssop) It's in clay, in a partly shady area, and is thriving.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 9:27PM
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miclino(5)

Rouge here is Agastache heatwave from last summer. A little behind this year but still looking great, these get big! I have three different agastache and they all seem to do well.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 10:32PM
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rouge21_gw(5)

Thanks for the picture miclino...beautiful garden.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 8:50AM
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