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Agastache: Fragrant Foliage and Colorful Blooms

Bob Hyland is a former VP of Horticulture and Operations at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He currently co-owns Loomis Creek Nursery in Hudson, New York, which specializes in out-of-the-ordinary perennials, tender perennials, and annuals.


  • Heather troutman April 18, 2016

    I live near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in Zone 7b. I’ve planted agastache widely, because it’s one of the few colorful plants that the many deer here don’t voraciously consume. It does beautifully here; in fact it has spread through self-sowing so prolifically that I’ve had to invite in neighbors to take some of the new plants. Also, hummingbird mint in containers is partially evergreen in winter.

  • Michael Zajic September 6, 2015

    We’ve grown Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ and three other varieties for many years in Zone 7b, Lewes, Delaware. We have rich, improved sandy soil with good drainage but with high summer humidity. It is the favorite plant of pollinators, and it is maybe best performer of all our perennials. The tall cultivars can tend to flop. We do not cut them back, as the plants continue to bloom heavily right to the end. We feel the plant hardens off better against winter stress if left uncut back.

  • Mary J Mills April 14, 2015

    I planted ‘Tutti Frutti’ last year in the summer. Are they slow to wake up in the spring? Can’t find it now. I am in Zone 6b, Jersey City.

  • Marsha G. Shriver January 30, 2015

    I grew this in Florida, 40 miles north of Tampa. I believe I am Zone 8–9. I planted in April, watered it daily till established, then ignored it. It did great! It bloomed all summer until late fall. I cut it back and it came back about a foot tall this winter and has continued to bloom. It endured 30 degrees. I cannot wait to plant more of it!

  • Ellen Allen April 29, 2014

    I am in Zone 7a and have been growing agastaches for many years in large pots. They stay out all winter unprotected. After this winter (of extended wet and weeks below freezing at a time), it looks like they may have all died. Nothing up yet anyway…

  • joel adler March 6, 2014

    Agastache is generally not recommended for high-humidity zones. Has anybody successfully grown this in Zone 7b or 8a?

  • Janet Chemotti August 13, 2013

    Thanks to Bob Hyland for this article. I recently purchased ‘Acapulco’ for my garden in Skaneateles, NY, and realized later that it is not Zone 5 tolerant…I would be happy to dig the plants up and bring them in over the winter. Any helpful hints on doing this?

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