Seven reasons to grow Agastache
by Sandy Swegel
The number one reason, of course, is because hummingbirds love Agastache. I was trying to pull a few weeds yesterday and at least three different hummingbirds were dining on the Agastache blooms…with one dive-bombing me to get me out of “their” territory.
As I enjoyed the late afternoon sun amid the buzzing I thought six more reasons I REALLY love Agastache.
Startling beautiful flowers
Complex blossoms in multi colors with long tubes. Mine are orange and red. Agastaches come in several colors in red-orange-apricot sunset colors. Another Agastache (Lavender Hyssop) is blue. The Agastache stems make for an interesting addition in a cut flower arrangement.
This Agastache (Agastache rupestris) has thin airy leaves that look quite blue. An interesting texture when planted en masse.
My little patch smells like root beer. There’s a whole series of Agastaches named after the bubble gums they smell like.
Great in a Mixed Border
This little patch grows in the lavender bed. When the lavender is in full display, the Agastaches are still small. Then as the Agastache come into play, the lavenders are still putting out a few complementary purple flowers. Orange butterfly weed is planted next to the Agastache making both look more interesting. The Agastache reseed gently throughout the border.
Attract bees and all kinds of pollinators
Yesterday I saw hummingbird moths, native bees, honey bees, a huge bumblebee and some tiny flies…in addition to the hummingbirds. Butterflies were there earlier in the day.
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