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I Love This Plant 10/18

Every week on my radio program, GardenLine, I start the show off with a segment called I Love This Plant/I Hate This Plant. Needless to say, the plants that I love far outnumber the ones that I hate.

As I stood looking at the plant I will feature this week on GardenLine, it dawned on me that I could put these plants on my blog, giving my listeners a place to see a photo of the featured variety and others a chance to read about good plants. Brilliant! And it only took me six years of ILTP/IHTP to think of it.

This week’s plant is Agastache cana, or Texas hummingbird mint. I got mine from High Country Gardens a few years a go, and I got a glimpse at how hardy the plant was when I didn’t get around to planting them before winter hit. All three were left in their 8″ plastic pots on my deck without protection… usually, you’ll have to admit, a prescription for death in New England. They sailed though the winter.

The following summer I watched as the plants bloomed for three to four months – right up until hard frost and they attracted hummingbirds too. I’m in love. Those tough Agastaches stayed in those pots for three years before I finally planted them once we moved to Poison Ivy Acres. In fact, I was so impressed with them that I ordered three more.

Just the facts: zone 5-9, 24 to 30″ tall, 18-20″ wide, pink flowers. Bees love it – see below.


One Response to “I Love This Plant 10/18”

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    I LOVE Agastache! It is one of my all-time favorite plants. It did marginally well for me in Arizona, but after my first season trying it in VA, I’m even more in love with it. I’m glad to hear that it does well up north too.