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Agastache Ava is one of High Country Gardens very best plant introductions, renowned for its tall spikes of deep rose-pink flowers held by raspberry-red calyxes. This vigorous hybrid Hummingbird Mint blooms for many months beginning in mid-summer. 2005 Plant of the Year.
Tips for growing Agastache
Agastache are sun loving plants with aromatic foliage and flowers. They bloom from mid-summer into early fall and are resistant to rabbits and deer.
Agastache need lean, well-drained soils, prefer gravel mulches, and appreciate deep but infrequent watering after their second growing season
To improve winter-hardiness, and encourage re-seeding, leave the stems intact over the winter. In mid-spring, remove old stems just above the new foliage, about 4 or 5 inches above ground level.
If your conditions don't lend themselves to growing Agastache in your garden, they do well planted in containers.
More in-depth guidance for growing Agastache: Agastache Growing Tips, Agastache: Super-Stars of the Perennial World Part 1, and Agastache: Super-Stars of the Perennial World Part II.
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(based on 58 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Most Liked Positive Review
Agastache 'Ava' grows equally well in Santa Fe and Puget Sound, WA. Blooms all summer into fall and attracts numerous hummingbirds. I have planted it in a perennial border along a wall...Read complete review
Agastache 'Ava' grows equally well in Santa Fe and Puget Sound, WA. Blooms all summer into fall and attracts numerous hummingbirds. I have planted it in a perennial border along a wall and near a patio.
Most Liked Negative Review
All 3 did not survive
I garden a lot and wanted Agastache Ava for several years. It was sold out one year when I was ready to purchase it so I waited until last year. I was finally able...Read complete review
I garden a lot and wanted Agastache Ava for several years. It was sold out one year when I was ready to purchase it so I waited until last year. I was finally able to order it along with Indian Grass 'Llano'. I planted the Indian Grass and Agastache together and all performed beautifully. Ava agastache was gorgeous and had a long bloom time. The grass made it through the Wisconsain zone 5 winter just fine but all 3 Agastache Ava died. Not one sign of life from any of them this Spring. It's May 19th and still nothing, so maybe zone 5 is a stretch? If a single plant had died I wouldn't think too much of it but all 3 is hard to figure out after they performed so beautifully otherwise.
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Outstanding choice !
By Dr D
from Silver City, NM
About Me Avid Gardener
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Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Ava:
This is the most impressive plant that I have ordered from High Country Gardens. In a large pot its flower stalks tower three feet above the foliage, and the flowers are very attractive. They are prized by hummingbirds, even about Salvia greggii. With the two plants that I had, seed only formed sporadically, and I have not yet confirmed its viability. I grow everything in containers, and this plant does very well in a large pot with water every 4th day.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Kelly in Illinois
from Urbana, Il
About Me Master Gardener
This plant bloomed profusely the first year and did attract the hummingbirds.
I have purchased this product several times.
from Columbus Indiana
Showy in groups, yet a delicate flower in appearance.
Doesn't like zone 5
from Nine Mile Falls WA
After the original didn't survive my zone 5 winter High Country promptly gave me a second plant. Unfortunately this one died too so I gave up and will not order again.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Tall flowers all summer into autumn hummingbirds love it!
from Santa Fe NM
This is a wonderful addition!
from New Jersey
About Me Getting Started
I absolutely love this addition to my front yard! We live in an area with more rainfall than this agastache variety prefers, so I keep it in a large pot on my porch under the overhang. We have had this plant from High Country Gardens about 2 years now and it's done wonderfully. The hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies frequent it regularly. I must say that everything I purchase from High Country Gardens is of the best health and does so well, if I follow the guidelines for the variety of plant. I am always impressed with the vitality of all I have as I often move things around in fall. I love the subtle color of the foliage contrasted with the bright pink flower stalks that stay lovely all summer long!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
By Purple gardens
from Temecula, CA
I live in Temecula, California (southern) and have several varieties of agastache. I received Ava last fall and she quickly grew a little bit and even had a few blooms on it throughout the winter. When spring came I wondered if it was finished flowering or what. But little Ava was not done--she rapidly grew taller, about 3 feet and bloomed her fool head off all spring and summer. It is August and it still looks great. My Blue Blazes and Blue Fortune look tired and spent but Ava looks colorful and proud. Definitely a long lasting agastache bloomer.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Kewaskum, WI
I like to try new plants, I can be a zone pusher. Technically I am in zone 5a, maybe you could even consider it 4b with other folk's opinions. I planted Ava in a south east corner of my house in my garden area there. In the corner it doesn't always get a lot of rain. Even so I still added some sand to the soil to ensure more drainage. Last year I planted it. Didn't grow too much, but it flowered. I was hoping to be lucky that it would come back, surviving the winter. To my luck it is. It is growing nicely and came back just fine and healthy! It will be May next week. Can't wait to see how it does this year!
By CO transplant
from Florence, CO
This is the 2nd Ava I ordered- the 1st one did not overwinter here, but this one is coming back fine and I am expecting it to double in size (it maybe reached 18")and bloom as well as it did last summer which was very pretty! I would definately like to add more to my planting areas!
from Austin, TX
I bought two of these, along with some other agastache and hyssop. One of the two was damaged but customer service was fabulous and sent me a very strong replacement. The other has only been in the ground for less than 3 weeks but it's growing very quickly and looks great. I planted in a very sunny spot in a mixed loam soil with only a bit of compost in the hole. I can't wait to see them bloom!!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Works well in a large pot
from Wilmington, Delaware
I am in the East and have found Agastaches challenging to over-winter. So I tried Ava's Agastache in a large pot and have had good success with it. I used regular potting soil mixed with sand for good drainage and I grow this plant on the sunny south-facing side of my house. The pot I use is about 18 inches high by 16 inches wide. This plant grows and blooms well, all summer, with only moderate watering. In fall, I left the top part get killed back by frost and then move the whole pot into my garage for the winter, where I keep it very dry. It re-sprouts in spring and I put it back outside. The only thing to be aware of is that this plant grows tall and made need some supports to keep it upright. A small tomato support works well. This plant attracts hummingbirds, as advertised!
David Salman nailed it with this hybrid
Perfect addition to my garden collection.
One tough plant
from Jackson, Missouri
This plant is tough. I potted it up to a larger pot and had it on the patio below the deck. It got watered but that was it. I put my plant out in the fall as they do much better surviving. This one made it through re-modeling the deck above.
A favorite for my dry-scapes.
from Golden CO
The photo suggests this to have pink flowers, and in my gardens it is more a soft purple tending toward mauve. It is very reiable and floriferous. I have already ordered another.
LOTS OF BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
By Loyal Customer since 2012
from New Mexico
Planted along east wall in NM in a narrow courtyard leading into backyard. Coral Honeysuckle, "Ava", "Sunset" and "Desert Solstice" Agastache hug wall providing a hummingbird paradise to view for my kitchen window. Looking forward to many years of beautiful viewing of both flowers and birds. What a welcoming site as you enter my garden.TK , Rio Rancho, NM
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Come for the crocosmia, but stay for the agastache.
By curly loopa
We had been trying for several years to grow an agasthache, but they kept not making it through our wet winters. I had resigned myself to growing them a an annual. Last summer I decided to try again, but this time I planted them on a hill. I don't know if Ava was better than the other cultivars we tried, or we planted it early so it could get well established before winter, or if the hill did the trick, but this agastache Ava is off the charts! We love our crocosmia which is a hummingbird lure, but our new slogan is "come for the crocosmia, but stay for the agastache."
from Colorado Springs,CO
Seems to be deer resistant.
from Parker, CO
This beauty graces my friend's backyard. We have several other flowers, including several agastaches, but this is the show-stopper.
Strong, healthy plants
from Antioch, CA
I purchased three of these Agastache hybrids for a sunny spot in my zone 10 garden. The plants that arrived in the fall were tiny but healthy. I have extremely poor, clay soil but now that we made it through the winter and it is mid-spring, all three plants are thriving and are easily five times the size they were when I planted them. It's too early for blooms yet but I am very pleased with how well they are doing.
Definitely a plant to have
I have this beauty by my patio so I can enjoy the hummingbirds and bees which consider it an "all you can eat" buffet.What a great plant, especially here in southern Delaware when most plants are looking a little worse for wear, this plant is still looking great.
Doing Well So Far!
By The Stressed Gardener
from Lubbock, TX
I held these plants after receiving (great packing, by the way) a little too long in my utility room, and then planted them in a bed that I have not been able to get anything to grow successfully. It is a bed next to the house on a south brick wall. One reason may be the caliche I have been fighting around the foundation when the house was built. The Ava and Purple Haze did really well in this bed during the summer. By fall, I could tell they had a good start and were growing well. We have had 12 inches of snow this winter so far, and temps have gotten into the teens. They are still green at the base. I am looking forward to lush growth this spring! Successes like this will insure that I buy from HCG again!!
(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
By Russ the LArch
from Whidbey Island, WA
About Me Professional Landscaper
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In my previous garden in Santa Fe, NM
By cathy from coralville
from coralville, iowa
I enjoy having agastache in my garden, not only for the color, but to draw the hummingbirds. Ava provides a lovely hue.
Blooms, Bees and Birds
from Burney, CA
I plant these in groups around my garden to give August through October color and to see our lingering bees, bumblebees, butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy the bounty. These are one of my all time favorites. I will be planting more! Love them! Great for my zone 5.
Filll a large dry space with a great beuty!
By Frost Farm
We have an area in our landscape that's too extreme for most plants. The plants we purchased from High Country have always been the hardiest plants for tough spaces. Out of the box they look tiny, be sure to give them the space required in the instructions. They will grow to fill it in a short time.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Beautiful addition to our garden!
By Gardening w/ Rhodesian Ridgebacks!
from Moscow, Idaho
These looked great and grew well during their first season in our garden. I am looking forward to seeing them during their second season in 2016 - I'm sure they will be even more beautiful.
from Lycoming County PA
The color and form are stunning. I couldn't believe it's growth for the first year. It grew very well and was exactly what I was looking for. The color stayed all season and we'll into the fall in my zone 6 garden.
A big hit with the hummers!
By Hummingbird Lover
from Nashville, TN
I have purchased many agastaches from HCG and this is probably my favorite. With the heavy clay soil and wet winters in middle Tennessee I have found that it is best to plant in large containers which I can move to protected areas for the winter.In the spring I place them near my hummingbird feeders and when they start blooming in mid summer I just sit back and enjoy the show! Well worth the wait!
Incredible first year growth
By Cat lover
This Ava was a replacement plant for one that did not survive the winter previously. It arrived healthy and by the fall it had reached 2.5 ft, A beautiful addition to my collection
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