Monday, August 13, 2007
In the past I posted about Agastaches but wanted to share some of this years photos. The top is Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop), it's a wonderful easy care perennial requiring full sun, great drainage and has foliage that smells like licorice. The bottom picture is of Agastache mexicana 'Acupulco Orange'. Like A. foeniculum it prefers full sun and wonderful drainage but it's leaves smell lemony. In addition, both are drought tolerant when established and are deer resistant. Butterflies, Bees, Hummingbirds are attracted to their colourful flowers, and both start blooming in mid-summer and go till the first frost. Dead heading is not necessary, but occasionally removing spent spikes keeps Agastache looking its best. A. foeniculum is the hardier of two tolerating temperatures down to -20 degrees while 'Acupulco Orange' is hardy down to zero.
I really enjoy both of these plants. Not only for their beauty but also for their fragrant foliage for which I love. When I'm near these plants I always take a leaf or two, crush it, and enjoy the aroma. And when guests are touring the garden I always tear a few leaves and share. It's a nice surprise. Wonderful smelling foliage is always a bonus, it really adds an additional element.