Agastache favorites?

natal(Louisiana 8b)August 16, 2010

On the "one plant that has really WOW'd" thread Cameron mentioned a couple agastaches. Made me realize it was time to update my new additions for 2011 list to include a few. I'll probably place an order with Lazy S's Farm late winter so I'm starting to fill my wish list now.

I'd love to know your favorites!

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scottyboipdx(8)

Hmmm...that's a tough one...I have a few that are recently planted, so won't really know how they do until next year. For this year, though, I'd have to say I'm loving Golden Jubilee, Summer Sky and plain-old Rupestris, great, great plants!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 2:22PM
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ogrose_tx

This is a great thread idea. I have never grown them, always wanted to, more ideas, please!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 7:57PM
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neverenoughflowers(6 SEPA Downingtown)

This is my first year with Agastache Pink Pop which I wintersowed. It has a lovely fragrance and the flowers have been in bloom for over a month. They are about 24" high and don't seem to be bothered by any pests. The butterflies seem to like them.

I really hope to grow more varieties next year if I can find the room.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 9:13PM
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roper2008 (7b)

My favorite one so far is Agastache Sunset Hyssop. It's prettier than
Tutti Frutti.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 10:07PM
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dyhgarden(7b)

Natal - in my zone 7b garden...

longest blooming 'Cotton Candy'
best show in midsummer is 'Salmon & Pink'
best purple is 'Black Adder'
most intense pink is 'Heatwave'

I love so many, it's difficult to pick just one!

Cameron

Here is a link that might be useful: Agastache for August Blooms

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 11:07PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Can you take cuttings of Agastache, or do you collect seed, or divide?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 4:48AM
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totallyconfused

I had read somewhere that Blue Fortune was one of the few that could survive east coast winters, so that's the one I bought. I can't say I'm overly impressed with the color (it looks sort of grayish in my garden most of the time), but it attracts so many butterflies and bees that I guess I'll be keeping it if it makes it through the winter. I was also impressed that it was able to right itself fairly well after being flattened by a pounding rain. So many of my plants are sprawled on the ground this year.

Totally Confused

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 7:47AM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

I've only seen two of you mention ones I've put on my wish list ... Blue Fortune and Heather Queen. I'll have to go back and look at the others.

Anyone have these?

Honey Bee Blue, Red Fortune, Globetrotter, or Raspberry Summer?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 2:18PM
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dyhgarden(7b)

I have Raspberry Summer (gorgeous) and Red Fortune (too skinny). First year for Raspberry, so I can't say how it will overwinter yet, but it seems robust.

Blue Fortune held its color better this year -- but, it's the first time that I've given it supplemental water! It can take deadheading for repeat blooms. It is absolutely a butterfly favor.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 6:03PM
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roper2008 (7b)

Blue Fortune looks just like my Anise Hyssop. The bee's love it.
I don't deadhead mine because the finches eat the seeds.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 9:13PM
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lynnencfan(7b/8aNC)

I like Apricot Sprite and the Blue Fortune - right now I have single plants but next year I plan to do a drift of each of them - finches love the Blue Fortune and hummingbirds love the Apricot Sprite - bees love both - it is a good species with a lot of varieties to play with .....

Lynne

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 9:50PM
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roper2008 (7b)

Just checked out your blog Cameron, very nice and beautiful pictures.
Where did you get your plants or seeds for Heatwave? I would like to
grow that one next year.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 9:52PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

That's a very pretty 'Blue Fortune' too, roper. :-) I have Honey Bee Blue and although I love the root beer fragrance, I like the look of yours better. I'm going to have to try adding that.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 4:33PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll be saving this thread.

Cameron and Roper, how many plants are in your pics?

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 5:09PM
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dyhgarden(7b)

I bought Heatwave at Southern States garden center in Carrboro as a plant.

There are six different varieties of agastache in my photo. I usually plant 3 of each, but do mix singles for foliage variation.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 7:07PM
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roper2008 (7b)

Thanks Cameron. Natal, I think it's only 1 plant. I can see if I can
get some of the seeds for you, if you want. It is very easy to grow
from seed.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 7:15PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Roper, thanks for the offer. Check your email.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 1:33PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

Cameron I just LOVE that photo of all your agastaches growing together, so airy and colorful!

I need to research which ones are hardy to z5. Based on your enthusiastic praise, I got cana to add to Blue Fortune. Both do really well here in z5. So much so I want to find some more.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 7:21AM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

I stopped at Lowe's today not expecting to find anything on my list. The garden yard was pretty much empty. Surprisingly I did find the Purple Diamond lorapetulum I wanted and as I was getting ready to leave I passed a table with a couple dozen Heatwave agastache. I only picked up two, because I couldn't remember if that was one mentioned on this thread, lol. I'm going back in the morning for more. They were only $1 each. I don't know if that was a mistake, but I didn't say a word.

Roper, I'd be more than happy to send you seeds.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2010 at 8:34PM
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