- Scientific Name: Agastache
- Garden: Beneficial Insects and Compost Garden, Wildlife Garden
- Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
- Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
- Sun/Shade Exposure: Full Sun
- Moisture Requirements: Dry
A sizable genus of sun loving, drought tolerant perennials that offers a variety of sensations to the late summer garden. Agastache provides delightfully fragrant foliage, colorful spikes of blooms summer to fall that delight the hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and gardener alike. Imagine you are peacefully sitting enjoying the beauty of your garden, drinking some refreshing beverage and out of nowhere a hummingbird buzzes right by your ear and stops to drink from an orange flower spike of an Agastache. The iridescent green back and ruby throat of the hummingbird glitter for a fleeting moment, and then it is gone again, off to another nectar source. This nectar also attracts bees, butterflies and other helpful pollinators. Planting Agastache, also called Giant hyssop or Mexican hyssop, brings this kind of summer excitement to the garden. Agastache is a great summer to fall garden bloomer that fits well in the herb garden, containers or perennial border. Long spikes of whorled flowers that range in color from white, orange, pink, mauve, and purple set against green to gray-green aromatic foliage are spectacularly attractive to hummingbirds and other beneficial garden insects. Agastache love full sun with excellent drainage to prevent them from rotting out over our wet winters and grow anywhere from 18 in. to 6 ft tall. Some species of Agastache, such as A. foeniculum (Anise hyssop), are also used in herbal medicines and teas. In addition to the various species, there are also many great cultivars and hybrids with a range of plant sizes and flower colors that would be great additions to any garden.