Agastache - Hyssop
(Agastache sp.) Agastache is a tender perennial herb of the mint family. The colorful flowers of agastache are a favorite of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. The drought-tolerant plants enjoy a sunny location and thrive in low-fertility soils. Start indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last frost, keeping seeds moist, and transplant out after last chance of frost has passed. Alternatively you can surface sow seeds outdoors after last frost. Space plants 12-14 inches apart. Ideal germination temperature is 65-70 F. Agastache is a carefree perennial in USDA zones 4-10, but plants require well-drained soil in order to overwinter. It has a variety of medicinal uses, and it is rich in antioxidants.
Tidy half-hardy perennial that is aromatic and attractive to pollinators. Plants fill the air with minty fragrance; the pretty spike flowers are popular for arranging. This dynamic landscape plant is easy to grow, adds long season color and grows in neat clumps that do not spread or take over. Hardy from zones 6a-9b. Pollinators are drawn to its fragrance, and hummingbirds cannot resist the flowers! This plant can be dried for making tea and is also used to make a mosquito repelling oil.