August 15, 2010

Agastache for August Blooms

Agastache for August color. There are at least
six varieties in this photo and multiples of those.
The hottest summer on record may also end up as one of the most colorful. The drought-tolerant agastache, the primary perennials in my garden are turning out a stellar performance! Recent rains revived the garden, making this the most colorful August yet for the deer resistant garden, established in 2007.

Labeled as agastache 'Black Adder' but it looks
a lot like 'Purple Haze' which I also grow. Zones 6-9.
Agastache 'Heatwave' lives up to its name.
(background includes purple fountain grass
and foliage of perennial blue flax). Zones 5-10.
Agastache 'Salmon & Pink' is my oldest variety that
started out in the cottage garden in 2005.
It rules the deer resistant garden. Zones 6-10.
Agastache 'Blue Fortune' held on to its color
better this year. Could it be that it liked
the supplemental watering? Or, has it matured? Zones 5-9.
Agastache 'Summer Love' plants provided by
Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc. Zones 6-9.
Agastache 'Cotton Candy' has been in bloom since April.
Plants provided by Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc. Zones 6-9.
In other areas of the garden, I grow 'Golden Jubilee', 'Navajo Sunset', 'Summer Sky', 'Heather Queen', 'Purple Pygmy', 'Summer Glow' and 'Coronado'. I may have even forgotten at least one! Deer, rabbit and disease resistant and drought tolerant. Loved by butterflies, bees and hummingbirds—It doesn't get any better in the heat of summer in full sun.

Words and photos by Freda Cameron, Defining Your Home, Garden and Travel. Deer and rabbit resistance varies based upon the animal population and availability of food. All company or product or patented names mentioned are registered trademarks, copyrights, or patents owned by those respective companies or persons.
Freelance travel writer. My current fiction writing projects include a completed manuscript and several works in progress.

By the way, my name is pronounced fred-ah, not freed-ah. Thank you.

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