An Exciting New Hybrid Hummingbird Mint From the Garden of David Salman
I have had a keen interest in the fantastic flowering perennials known as the Hummingbird Mints(Agastache) for more than twenty five years. My fascination with this incredible genus continues and I'm pleased to release Agastache 'Fall Fiesta', a new native hybrid discovered in my Santa Fe home garden several years ago.
Of huge size, Agastache 'Fall Fiesta' has orange and pink flowers held by showy rose-pink calyxes (that hold their dark color after flowering has finished). The large flower spikes will reach 4 to 4 ½ feet in height and the dark green foliage has a slightly sweet, minty scent. Judging by its appearance and the scent of the foliage, I believe that 'Fall Fiesta' is a cross between 'Ava'(Agastache cana x Agastache barberi) and Glowing Embers®(a selection of Agastache rupestris).
Being a hybrid, the nectar content of the flowers is very high and the hummingbirds go crazy for it. Of all the Agastache I've gardened with, 'Fall Fiesta' stays in flower later into the fall than any other Agastache I've grown; thus the origin of the name. This is an invaluable trait that prolongs late season color and keeps the hummingbirds and other pollinators when their other nectar sources are done blooming.
Plant Agastache 'Fall Fiesta' and all its wonderful companions with full sun in a lean (infertile), sandy, rocky, loam or clay-loam type soil. Fertilize the soil with Yum Yum Mix and a little compost applied in mid-fall. Mulch with a coarse cotton burr, pine needle, pecan shell or crushed gravel mulch to keep the soil a little cooler and protect from drying out too quickly.
Companion Plants for Agastache 'Fall Fiesta'
Being a giant plant, 'Fall Fiesta' should be planted with other large growing late season blooming perennials.
Agastache rupestris (Licorice Mint Hyssop) is one of the best, most durable species in the Agastache family. With smoky orange flowers held by lavender calyxes, the entire plant is scented like licorice and mint. A 1996 High Country Gardens introduction. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).
FlowerKisser® Arizona Snow Agastache (Agastache urticifolia 'Alba') is a pure white flowered form of mountain hyssop, selected for its exceptional cold hardiness and nectar-rich flowers. Stunning flowers and fragrant foliage make this a must-have addition to attract native bees and butterflies. Its very upright growth habit make it a wonderful choice for the perennial border. Deer and rabbit resistant. A 2020 High Country Gardens Introduction.
Agastache Glowing Embers is a fantastic selection of Licorice Mint Hyssop (Hummingbird Mint) with fragrant foliage and glowing orange-red tubular flowers that are a favorite with hummingbirds. Plant in containers to enjoy this plant in the eastern U.S. Exclusive. 24-26" tall x 24-28" wide.
Blue Blazes is a large growing hybrid hummingbird mint with lavender-purple flower spikes. Very long blooming, its flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees making it an essential perennial for pollinators.