Agastaches: a Wonderful Plant for Every Garden: Can Agastache be grown in shade

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Agastaches: a Wonderful Plant for Every Garden

By Marilyn
September 23, 2014

I love Agastaches and I have been growing them for years. I will show you why I wouldn't be without them in my yard, and why you should grow them in your garden.

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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Sep 22, 2014 6:38 PM CST
I have a tiny planting area & patio and both areas are full shade.
Would I be able to grow these?

BTW your pictures are all beautiful. It would be hard to chose a cultivar.
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Marilyn
Sep 22, 2014 7:46 PM CST
I really don't think Agastaches can be grown in full shade. Some will take partial shade to full sun, besides some that take full sun. The majority grow in full sun. Looks like you'll have to grow something else on your full shade patio.

Thanks, but some of the pics I used weren't mine. I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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Skiekitty
Sep 22, 2014 10:22 PM CST
ColoMarilyn - Yes, they can grow in almost 100% full shade. I have quite a few that live in my front yard that get less than 2 hours of sun a day and they do just fine. They're not as big as the ones in full sun, but they're still nothing to sneeze at.. growing 2-2.5' tall and about 2' around. The ones in full sun usually get 2-3ft tall and about 3-4' around. Go for Agastache cana as that's my best one for shade. And I know that one will survive our winters!
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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Sep 22, 2014 10:33 PM CST
Begonia, begonia and begonia and some impatians and some Coleus and some ferns.

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And lots and lots of sempervivum and a few sedum. But Blossoms are begonias.
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CDsSister
Sep 22, 2014 10:34 PM CST

Thanks we cross posted Toni. I get really dappled light and very little full sun. Maybe I can try the one you mentioned. I tip my hat to you.
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Skiekitty
Sep 22, 2014 10:49 PM CST
CDsSis - This particular image here shows some of my agastaches that live in almost 100% full shade. They get honestly less than 1 hour sun in high summer and that's because the sun's directly overhead. Otherwise, it's full deep shade of my humungous lilac or partial dappled shade (in fact, the lilac behind them is Dappled Dawn). These are 2 years old (planted 2012).

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vic
Sep 23, 2014 1:54 AM CST
My sun garden is turning into a shade garden and while my agastaches are growing, they aren't blooming Crying so I will be moving them to a sunnier area.

Toni, I sure wish mine would grow in shade like yours.
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Marilyn
Sep 23, 2014 5:18 AM CST
Skiekitty said:ColoMarilyn - Yes, they can grow in almost 100% full shade. I have quite a few that live in my front yard that get less than 2 hours of sun a day and they do just fine. They're not as big as the ones in full sun, but they're still nothing to sneeze at.. growing 2-2.5' tall and about 2' around. The ones in full sun usually get 2-3ft tall and about 3-4' around. Go for Agastache cana as that's my best one for shade. And I know that one will survive our winters!


I didn't know that. Have to keep it in mind. Thanks for sharing Toni! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

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Marilyn
Sep 23, 2014 5:24 AM CST
Vic

Maybe in the CO environment, they can grow in shade or mostly shade. It's different environment than what you and I have. Try Agastache cana and see if it grows in shade, as Toni .
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chelle
Sep 23, 2014 5:37 AM CST
Last year I was surprised to see that self-sown species plants grew and flowered beautifully on the north side of our 3.5' high deck. They saw no direct sun except for maybe a touch in the evening, but the area is otherwise open so the light level is still pretty high. This year I set a pot of extra seedlings out of the way, near the same area but closer to a large lilac bush (blocking more of the evening light), and those plants had smaller blooms and crazily contorted stems.
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Marilyn
Sep 23, 2014 6:24 AM CST
Good to know! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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Skiekitty
Sep 23, 2014 11:52 AM CST
Took this picture this morning at about 930 and you can see it's still in heavy shade. There's at least 4 different kinds of agastaches in this area.. White & Yellow, a Coronado, a Red Coronado, & some Summer Sky (I think).
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I'm just saying what works for me in my microclimate. I have some Tutti Fruitti that lives in almost 100% pure shade too and it seems to be doing quite well. However, my Bazooka is in full sun and is rather spindly. Tall, very tall (about 4'), but still spindly. Half of my Acapulcos Pink & Salmon are dead, the other half are HUGE and they're all in full sun. Acapulco Purple seems to be doing quite well, too.. and one is in 100% full shade all the time (under my porch overhang).
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CDsSister
Sep 23, 2014 11:59 AM CST

OK, on my list to try in 2015. Will be here before we know it. Thanks for all the input. Thank You! Thank You!
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Skiekitty
Sep 23, 2014 12:21 PM CST
CDsSis - Hit O'Tooles up in.. Arvada? Westminster? Off of like Wads & 100th. I may be going there on Sunday and I usually get their $1 clearance. I made out like a fat rat last year... Smiling Also Timberline Gardens off of .. 58th & Ward where they have the buy 2 get 1 table. Got quite a few from them also last year Smiling Make sure that you sign up for Country Lane gardens on Colorado their loyalty card thingie. I got $10 off after I spent $250 and I use Groupons & coupons from them regularly.
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CDsSister
Sep 23, 2014 12:28 PM CST
Thank You! Haven't been way out north and west this summer too much ... but maybe I will.
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Skiekitty
Sep 23, 2014 12:39 PM CST
Neither have I.. this spring was all screwy 'cuz was thinking that was going to move to TX so didn't want to put any more plants in the ground if I'm gonna move! And by the time that we finally figured out one way or the other it was getting late in the season (mid June), so missed out on almost everything this year.
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