Robust 'Blue Fortune' is a mass of soft powder-blue flower spikes from July onwards, making it a magnet for butterflies and admiring visitors alike. The well-branched stems require no cutting back as the season progresses, and they are a great addition to bouquets. A Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit plant.
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.
For more information on the growing and care of Agastache, click Growing Guide.
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Cameron (Defining Your Home Garden) from Chapel Hill, NC
I use this agastache in a large, sunny garden that is visited by a large herd of deer. There has been no deer (or rabbit damage) at all.
This perennial stands straight without drooping. The blooms last a long time. In my humid summers, the blue fades to a dusty color, so I am going to deadhead it after the first bloom starts to fade to get a fresher blue. That's the only reason that I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
This one is a great companion to magenta blooms such as echinacea.
48park from Pepperell, MA (Zone 5a)
I use Blue Fortune in my "shades of blue" perennial bed as a late summer anchor because of its height and its lovely blue bloom color.
It's a tough cookie. Dying back to the ground over the winter, it matches solidago in vigor in sunny, hot, and relatively dry spots over the growing season, and remains persistent deep into the fall. It can get a little floppy should a stem be bent or broken.
The foliage starts out a dusky green, becoming brighter as the plant grows taller. It has exhibited a pleasant clumping habit and has not been spreading aggressively, making it a well mannered companion plant.
If you are pro-pollinator, this, like most agastache, attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds (and hummingbird moths).
bird the gardener from essex, ct.
I use these plants as the background to the rest of my garden. It is sturdy and lasts the entire season. My garden is composed of blues, lavendars and pinks with touches of yellow. This is a perfect plant for me.
Part time landscaper from St Louis, MO
Planted them in the spring of 2011 and in their first season in a brutally hot and humid St. Louis summer with multiple days over 100 degrees they grew vigorously and reached full height and blossom. I lost 1 out of 6 plants but considering their trial by fire, I consider this a major victory.
Ann from Cincinnati, Ohio
Does this plant really need another 5-star review to convince you to buy it? Well, here it is! There is nothing bad to say about this plant. It's deer-resistant, sturdy, long-blooming, a lovely blue, did I mention deer-resistant? I planted this with Heliopsis 'Summer Sun' and my own powder-blue foliaged panicum grass that I grew from seed ('Shenandoah'x'Prairie Sky'). All summer fabulousness!
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.