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The flower spikes of Agastache Desert Solstice (Desert Solstice Hummingbird Mint) are remarkable for their fullness, large size, and exotic colorization. The plant is like a semi-dwarf form of our best selling 'Desert Sunrise' but with more flowers. A High Country Gardens introduction.
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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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Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:
Nice healthy plants come in. Will need another growing season to reach color and size.
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Non Stop Bloomer with Low Maintenance - A winner!
from Las Cruces, NM
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Ordered them in spring, planted them, and they took off. I planted them in a hell strip - against a southern wall in southern New Mexico (zone 8). Great spots of color in the border. Plant companions include yarrows, iris, valerian, and annual zinnias. Modestly irrigated 3 times a week. Ordered more and planted them in even tougher spots, and they are taking hold there as well. Highly recommended.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Fantastic, everblooming addition to my garden
from Long Island NY
These plants have continuously bloomed all summer with little to no care. The bumblebees love them, and I do too.
from Durango, CO
Planted three of these last summer. They stayed pretty small all season, even with regular watering. However, this summer they are full of flowers and stand almost three feet tall. They seem hardy, happy, and strong.
I would recommend these to a friend.
By Geri the Gardener.
from Reno, NV.
Planted in front yard where keeping with xerioscape theme. So far looking that they will go well with other plants.
A good value
from Brighton, CO
I planted this one, Desert Solstice, in a pollinator-friendly bed I have, near two other Sinning Sonoran Sunset hyssops. Desert Solstice is out-performing it's neightbors! Compared to Sonoran Sunset, Desert Solstice had deeper colored flowers (pink'ish-mauve) and it's lasting later in the season. The size is very similar. If the two varieties weren't right next to each other, the difference wouldn't be as noticeable as Sonoran Sunset is a plenty fine plant; however, Desert Solstice is my favorite due to the longer-lasting, richer and deeper in color, more dense flowers.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great, fast grower
from Falcon, CO
About Me Getting Started
I live near a Colorado plains region, with drying, high winds, unpredictable weather, and not-so-great, clay soil. I added about 1/3 sand to the planting hole, with a little bit of organic fertilizer. I planted this agastache in April, and it has already (in late July) quadrupled in size with lots of beautiful blooms, and no sign of slowing down. I'm very pleased with this tough plant.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
The hummingbirds' favorite plant!
from Smith Valley, NV
Wow! The hummingbirds fight over this one! Ordered another since they don't want to share. Blooms more and for a longer period than any other agastaches that I have. I recommend this one highly! Very easy to grow, too.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Tough, Colorful, and Easy - A Perfect Perennial
Wow! I planted this against a southern wall exposed to the full non-stop southern New Mexico sun all summer long. It loved it! These plants arrived in good condition as always, and quickly adapted to their new home. Within 4 weeks they grew from 4 inches high to about 3 feet, bearing lots of beautiful vibrant pink blooms. Full disclosure: because their location is such a hell strip, I do irrigate 3 times a week, so that may have helped their performance. Buy it. I'm ordering more in the spring.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Blooming already??!!?? :)
from Kanab, Southern Utah
I ordered this plant less than a month ago. Of course it took a few days to arrive and get planted. AND IT IS ALREADY BLOOMING?!?! I can hardly believe it! I planted late September and it's not even mid October yet. I put it in one of the harshest spots in our zone 7 high desert yard: in unamended soil, against a blazing hot, south facing wall that gets pummeled by galeforce, drying winds. I never got around to mulching and barely watered. Just to give you an idea of how inhospitable the planting site is, there were no native plants growing for several feet around. Not even tumbleweeds thought it worth the while! The soil was completely bare. I planted at dusk and made a small well for the plant, to try and retain moisture a little bit. There wasn't even any die back in the leaves after being transplanted. This plant is the definition of hardy!
from Langley, WA
About Me Professional Landscaper
One of the very best agastache varieties with continuous bloom and more compact than A. 'Ava' with same flower color. Would choose this one over 'Ava' for smaller size (2' ht.). ('Ava' grows to 4-5' & is rangy) Hummers favorite plant.
(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
My Texas Garden
By archy 17
As a senior I have been gardening for some years but am new to the Southwest and its needs in plants. I knew that cactus and agave would grow, but I really am used to flowers all summer and well into the fall. I found out very soon that the plants I used to grow did not like the dryness and heat so.... I fund High Country Gardens and you have been the best in setting me in the right direction with flowers. These are just perfect for the yard even my neighbor has fallen for these and the hummers don't hurt to make a show. The plants are healthy, hardy and just take off growing when placed in the ground. Thanks so much
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
If you buy one xeric hummingbird plant - this is it!
from Klamath Falls, Oregon
I have used this plant very successfully over the last 10 years at three residences in Reno, NV, Cedarville, CA, and Klamath Falls, Oregon. It is persistent (some of my plants are 10 years old) and long blooming with gorgeous, robust flower stalks. It is my go-to plant for hummingbirds as they fight over these plants all summer. I have tried other varieties and this is still my favorite.
Luv this Plant
from Fort Smith Arkansas Area
This plant is a great little grower.. grew real fast.. Is now a compact plant due to temps in our area.. Excited to see what it does when temps warm back up.. May need to order more of them!!!
Agastache Desert Good Plant for Arkansas
from Fort Smith Arkansas area
This is a good little plant, it is small in stature right now as has been cold in our area.. It was a great grower when I received it.. I am excited to see it sprout up from it's compactness when it gets warmer
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
A Hummingbird Magnet!
from Longmont, Colorado
One of my favorite Hummingbird plants for my habitat landscape! It's beautiful, smells wonderful, and Hummingbirds and Butterflies are drawn to it. It's like a beacon in the garden. I have landscaped three habitat yards with it, putting it in both the xeriscape native landscaping and planting it around my ponds.
from Mountainside, NJ
This agastache is ethereal but tidy, uniformly shaped, and long blooming. It looked lovely until I had to cut it down for winter.
from Los Angeles
It is beautiful as well as drought tolerant, a perfect combination for my Southern California garden.
Another terrific agastache
By Midcoast Maine gardener
from Bath, ME
This is my second agastache in the Desert line. We planted it in the spring and even in its first season, it looked lovely. Wonderful color and shape and terrific scent.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Not my first
from El Dorado Kansas
Not my first of your agastache. Have had many in the past. Love them all. Does well even in part shade. Hummingbirds love it too.
from Southern Missouri
I popped this in the ground near my vegetable garden and it attracts beneficial insects like crazy. It's very un-fussy, reliable, and grew to be an enormous 3-foot plant. When it flowered it was absolutely gorgeous and remained that way for months. Agastaches are becoming one my favorite plants. They're beautiful, hardy, and have a wonderful scent.
Love this plant; have had it in gardens past and now.
By Lady Bee
from South Jordan, Utah
Thank you for the beautiful replacement plants just sent. I anticipate that the agastache will thrive.
Great for pollinators
from Marlborough, MA
I have these flowers at the front of my house on a busy street and often get compliments on them and asked what they are.
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