This Southwest native promises to put on quite the show from mid to late summer. The silver/gray leaves are neat and attractive, and the bright orange/apricot tubular blooms are hummingbird magnets. "Apricot Sprite" grows from 30 to 36 inches tall in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant, which is good to know if you are in the upper ranges of Zones 6-9. Quarts. Deer and rabbit resistant, too.
anise-scented leaves and spikes of violet/blue flowers. "Licorice Blue" is the one in my garden I like most, and the seeds come from this plant only. It is long blooming and puts on quite a show in late summer, and it often re-blooms if cut back, but who can bare to do that? Anise Hyssop is used for its color and scent in potpourri and dried arrangements and for its taste in tea and as a seasoning. Sun, Zones 3-9. Quarts.
New for later spring, 2017
From Holland comes a new hybrid Agastache with carmine red bottlebrush blooms and a delicious peppermint scent. No photo yet, but check online to find out how beautiful this Agastache is. Not only is it a new addition to Agastache's color palette, but it is easy to grow in poor soil and thrives with little water. Too much water and too rich soil may require the plant to be staked. Sounds too good to be true. "Globetrotter" grows to 30 inches with a spread half that and is suitable for containers as well as poor garden soil. Zones 7-10.