Agastache Best In Show Collection
Our Agastache Best In Show collection includes our favorite varieties for 2018. With so many varieties of colorful Agastache plants, you'll invite hummingbirds to your garden from early summer through fall. This collection includes a choice of one or three plants each of Agastache cana Rosita, Agastache rupestris, Agastache aurantiaca Apricot Sprite, Agastache rupestris Glowing Embers and Agastache Blue Fortune
*We reserve the right to substitute a similar Agastache plant. These plants do best in full sun. Because of their fragrant foliage, these plants are highly resistant to deer and rabbits.
*Does not include planting map
HBLEP05 (Collection of 5)
HBLEP15 (Collection of 15)
|Common Name||Agastache Best In Show Collection|
|Botanical Name||Agastache Best In Show Collection|
|Zones||6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Mixed|
|Mature Height||Agastache rupestris 36-42"; Agastache rupestris Glowing Embers 24-26"; Agastache cana 24-36"; Agastache aurantiaca 'Apricot Sprite' 30-36"; Agastache Blue Boa 30-36"|
|Mature Spread||Agastache rupestris 18"; Agastache rupestris Glowing Embers 16-20"; Agastache cana 18"; Agastache aurantiaca 'Apricot Sprite' 18-24"; Agastache Blue Boa 15-18"|
|Bloom Time||Early to late summer|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Average Soil, Well-Drained Soil|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)|
|Special Groups||High Country Gardens Exclusive|
|Ideal Region||Western Only|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
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
- Provide a fast draining soil that's naturally low in fertility, Don't plant into clay soils.
- Plant in full hot sun.
- Just a few handfuls of compost in the planting hole is enough. Don't plant into a rich, highly amended soil..
- Fertilize the Agastache just once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.
- New transplants need regular irrigation their first growing season to establish themselves. Watering can be reduced greatly during the second growing season when the plants have matured.
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.
Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll grow quickly and cover the space shown in the planting map. (Maps included only with Pre-Planned Gardens, not Collections.)
Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)
Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).
View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.
Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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