This vigorous perennial blooms all summer as enthusiastically as an annual. Its tall wands filled with bright rose-purple blossoms rise above compact clumps of aromatic bronze-colored foliage, and bring you close-up views of hummingbirds and butterflies seeking nectar in its tubular flowers. Photo courtesy Jelitto Staudensamen GmbH.
Agastache is a genus of about 30 aromatic species native to central and eastern Asia, Mexico, and the United States. Careful breeding and selection have given us newcomers that offer exceptional garden performance and a long season of bloom. In full sun and well-drained soil, they happily shrug off summer heat and early frosts.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Green Acres from Indianapolis, IN
I have always been impressed with White Flower Farm and this plant doesn't change my opinion of the company. Great service, plants arrive in top-notch shape and at the proper planting time. If I'd have been asked about previous purchases from White Flower Farm I would have raved about the plants because they have all done well. Agastache Bolero on the other hand did not. The plant simply refused to thrive. It survived one season with moderate success, but emerged the second season and withered and died within weeks. It could have simply been a less than ideal planting site or residual damage from the previous year's drought (though the plants were watered regularly). I can't recommend Bolero. Other Agastaches I have on the property have all done well.
Sue T. from Lake Hopatcong, NJ
I received 3 Agastache Bolero from WFF in May 2013. The plants settled in quickly in a well-drained, very sunny location in our perennial border. Within 10 days, each plant began sending up countless flower spikes. The foliage and flower color combination was gorgeous and unique. As a huge bonus, no deer, rabbits, etc. so much as took a nibble out of any of the Boleros.
Having read the previous reviews that stated the plants died over the winter, I was determined to help the young plants overwinter in our Zone 6a yard. They were planted just below a stone retaining wall that protected them from winter winters in a sloping location with superb drainage. I put 6 inches of fine cedar mulch over and around the plants in late November. Unfortunately, all three were completely dead this spring. What a shame. They were a real highlight of our 2013 garden. I can imagine these as a stunning addition to many gardens in warmer zones.
Latin Name Pronunciation: uh-gas'tuh-kee
Agastache is a genus of about 30 aromatic species native to central and eastern Asia, Mexico, and the United States: A. foeniculum is native to the United States; A. rugosa is from China and Japan. Careful breeding and selection have given us newcomers that offer exceptional garden performance and a long season of bloom. In full sun and well-drained soil, they happily shrug off summer heat and early frosts.
Light/Watering: Full sun. Some afternoon shade will protect the leaf color of yellow-foliaged Agastaches.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Average garden soil that drains well. Do not fertilize the first spring after planting; in subsequent years fertilize once in early spring with 10-10-10 or a layer of well-rotted compost. Acid to neutral pH.
Pests/Diseases: Few insect problems. Mildew can affect the leaves during dry summer weather. Deer generally do not bother Agastache, which is a member of the Mint family.
Companions: Other plants that prefer full sun and well-drained soil make good partners, for example: Milkweed (Asclepias), grasses (especially shorter varieties of Festuca), Yarrow (Achillea), Gaillardia, or Russian Sage (Perovskia). The bushier varieties of Agastache hold their own against most other perennials in a sunny border.
Dividing/Transplanting: Divide in spring if plant has outgrown its space; plant crown at soil level.
Calendar of Care - Agastache
Early Spring: Gradually remove any winter cover. Cut back old stems; large clumps may be divided. Apply one application of balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer or a 1–2″ layer of well-rotted compost (keep at least several inches away from the plant's crown).
End-of-Season Care: Cut stems back half way to protect the plants from damage by winter winds.