As the winter rolls on here in my garden I am reminded of all the work that can be done even before the ground is thawed and we can begin to think of planting. Pulling out my notes from the years past, flipping through the new seed catalogs and enjoying the photos from gardens past all help me prepare for the planting season to come. This year WILL BE the best show ever in my garden.
One of my favorite perennial catalogs this year comes from Bluestone Perennials out of Madison, Ohio. Tonight I want to share with you my thoughts on Agastache - blue bee.
You can add this variety to the flower beds or in a containers... I have tried both. These photos are from my garden in 2007 - 08. The better the drainage the happier the plant. Attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, with wonderfully mint scented foliage. A customer advises us that her Goldfinches are wild for Agastache seed and I would like to note that the bees love it too! Each year it has gotten fuller by the second year I have been able to divide this garden favorite.
Most will self sow to spread, so deadhead to prevent seeding. They suggest trimming the perennial back in the fall after blooming but I do it in the spring during spring clean up time. I have yet to see any seedlings as the Bluestone webpage suggests. I will take better detailed notes this year.
MY WISH LIST:
This year on my Bluestone order list I have included the AGASTACHE Purple Pygmy : Hyssop, Bubble Gum Mint, Hummingbird Mint . Check out the information at that site by clicking on the variety. IT is breath-taking in the photo they provide. I love the Agastach so much I can't wait to see what this hot pink variety will provide my garden. I ordered 3 cuttings.... they are due early spring. They details say they bloom from early summer till fall. CAN"T WAIT!!!!
This summer love sure does look like a 'annual' I picked up at the greenhouse I worked at last year. Check out the photo at the highlighted site and look at my photo below?! I am super bad at keeping some of my flower tags after purchasing flowers from time to time.
I did have the tag and from what I could read from it because it was in the ground all summer was that it was hardy in zone 3-6. I am hoping I had enough mulch on this beauty so it comes back next year. I am in zone 5b.
Look at sweet little Gracie kitty loving the summer on the Garden swing... can't wait till summer!