Agastache and Salvias forum: What Are You Going To Buy For 2019?

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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
May 12, 2019 2:12 AM CST
I went to a local ace and saw one hummingbird mint. Their plants did not look good. I will probably try some seeds first before I buy the plant online. Does salvia have odors too?
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Name: Danita
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Danita
May 12, 2019 4:02 AM CST
Eric, You'll likely encounter some more Agastaches at other places, too. (Spellcheck wants to change "Agastaches" to "Stagecoaches"! Hilarious! )

Not all, but many Salvias have scented leaves. However, the range of smells found in the different species can range from the delightful fruity scents of pineapple or melon, to the decidedly less-delightful scents of turpentine or cat urine. Sticking tongue out

Salvia elegans is a nice species that will provide fruit-scented leaves, edible leaves for teas & more, and red blooms in late summer through winter that are favored by hummingbirds. 'Scarlet Pineapple' is commonly sold in the herb section and is easy to find, often just marked as "Pineapple Sage." 'Golden Delicious' was just added to the Proven Winners line so it should be very easy to find this year.
https://garden.org/plants/sear...

There are many more, but off the top of my head, other fragrant Salvias include Fruit Sage (Salvia dorisiana) and Grape-Scented Sage (Salvia melissodora) . Culinary Sages (Salvia officinalis) and Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) obviously have scented foliage, too, but the flowers aren't really that attractive to hummingbirds.
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
May 12, 2019 1:42 PM CST
Does hummingbird mint have a strong odor, or you have to get close to the plant? Is it like some roses?
Name: Danita
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May 12, 2019 2:38 PM CST
The scent of Agastache comes from the volatile oils in the leaves. You generally need to brush against them or rub the leaves to release the smell. If it's a really hot, dry day then you may be able to smell it some if standing very nearby. It is not a fragrance emitted by the flower to attract pollinators, like in roses. Hummingbird-adapted plants don't usually have a flower fragrance because hummingbirds have very little sense of smell.

Grape-Scented Sage (Salvia melissodora) does have fragrant flowers as well as scented leaves. I'm not sure how it performs in Florida, though.

This Salvia & Agastache cousin has fragrant flowers and is attractive to hummingbirds. It is a southern African plant so it wasn't adapted for hummingbird use, but they love it anyway. It can be hard to find for sale, though.
Tahitian Hat Plant (Karomia tettensis)
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Name: Marilyn
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May 13, 2019 9:32 PM CST

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A few days at our local Kroger store, I picked up a hanging basket of Pelargonium (annual geranium) Caliente® Coral Salmon that I took out of the small plastic hanging basket and potted it up in a 20 inch container.

Also, picked up 3 one-gallon pots of Agastache Kudos Gold.
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Name: Danita
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May 14, 2019 4:49 AM CST
I really like the Caliente® Pelargoniums and the Coral Salmon looks really nice.
I especially like Caliente® Orange. I had it potted with Salvia coahuilensis (and other plants) one year and loved the colors together.
Name: Marilyn
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May 14, 2019 9:20 AM CST

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I really like the Caliente® Pelargoniums also.

The Coral Salmon color really caught my eye and I had to get it. It must be a newer variety, as it wasn't in the database, so I added it along with the Magenta and White varieties.

I found the Orange variety at Kroger 3 years ago. I'll have to look for it there the next time I go to Kroger's.

Your photo of the Orange is beautiful. I love all the colors together.
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
May 15, 2019 1:17 PM CST
I purchased my first hummingbird mint plant from a local ace. It smells amazing. It has orange flowers. The worker there also told me they get other colors so I will be on watch for them.
Name: Danita
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Danita
May 15, 2019 1:54 PM CST
Thanks, Marilyn! Smiling
I look forward to photos of your Caliente® Coral Salmon. Green Grin!

Eric, Hurray! Congrats on your new Agastache! They do smell wonderful!
I hope that you will update us later on how it performs for you. Smiling
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
May 15, 2019 8:38 PM CST

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Eric,

Did the tag state what Agastache variety? Great find at Ace.

You'll love Agastache.
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
May 16, 2019 1:05 AM CST
It is called Arizona sandstone. I read online and it says it only grows 15 inches wide and high. I will be looking for larger varieties next time.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
May 16, 2019 6:28 PM CST

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Eric,

Here's the database link for Arizona Sandstone.
Agastache 'Arizona Sandstone'

It will be shown as the featured Agastache Plant of the Day on the night of May 20.

Here's the main page (in the database) for Agastache (aka Hummingbird Mint or Anise Hyssops)
The Anise Hyssops Database

Here's the main page (in the database) for Salvias.
https://garden.org/plants/grou...
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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
May 17, 2019 12:03 PM CST
Marilyn said:Eric,

Here's the database link for Arizona Sandstone.
Agastache 'Arizona Sandstone'

It will be shown as the featured Agastache Plant of the Day on the night of May 20.

Here's the main page (in the database) for Agastache (aka Hummingbird Mint or Anise Hyssops)
The Anise Hyssops Database

Here's the main page (in the database) for Salvias.
https://garden.org/plants/grou...


I am slightly perplexed by the plant. No bees no wasp. Nothing seems interested in it yet.
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
May 17, 2019 7:41 PM CST

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Maybe you'll have some hummingbirds, butterflies and/or bees on the flowers. Give it some more time. Thumbs up

I've never grown any of the Sandstone varieties, but the more I look at pics of Agastache 'Arizona Sandstone' the more I like the flower color.
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
May 17, 2019 7:47 PM CST

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Marilyn said:I really like the Caliente® Pelargoniums also.

The Coral Salmon color really caught my eye and I had to get it. It must be a newer variety, as it wasn't in the database, so I added it along with the Magenta and White varieties.

I found the Orange variety at Kroger 3 years ago. I'll have to look for it there the next time I go to Kroger's.

Your photo of the Orange is beautiful. I love all the colors together.


@Danita,

I was at Kroger's today, spotted the bright color of Pelargonium Caliente® Orange geranium in a hanging basket and it went into the cart. Hurray! Thumbs up

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Name: Judy
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jg0613
May 19, 2019 1:34 AM CST
Well here's what I am or have already purchased this year:

Kaw Valley greenhouses (local stand every year)-
2 Cuphea Vermillionaire
1 Salvia Wendy's Wish
2 Salvia Rockin Deep Purple
3 Salvia Splendens Saucy Red
1 Fuchsia Triphylla Koralle

Moffett Nursery (local)-
1 Agastache Kudos Red
1 Phlox Paniculata Double Hitter
1 Phlox Paniculata Starfire

Lowe's-
1 Hesperaloe Parviflora

Walmart:
2 Crocosmia plants (not sure which hybrid - 2qt containers with multiple good sized leaves but no blooms yet

All the above are pint size or 4 inch containers except both Phlox are gallon and the Hesparaloe is a whopping 3.74 gal pot

Online orders:

04/25 Butterfly Gardens to go-(delivered 05/31)-
2 Spigelia Marilandica

04/25 Select Seeds- deliv 05/15-
2 S Guaranitica (blue flowered species)
2 S Amante

04/25 Almost Eden-delivered 05/15-
1 Coral Porterweed
1 Henlea's Hummingbird Heaven Porterweed
1 S Margie Griffith
1 S Guaranitica Argentine Skies

05/01 Annie's -(delivered 05/15)-
1 Cuphea Strybing Sunset
1 Cuphea Starfire Pink
1 S Amistad
1 Blue Honeywort

05/01 Prairie Nursery- delivered 05/22:
1 Aquilegia Canadensis (wild columbine)
1 Delphinium Exaltatum (native tall blue larkspur)
1 Conoclinium Coelestium (hardy ageratum)
1 Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
1 Geum Triflorum (prairie smoke)

05/01 FBTS-
2 S Guaranitica Purple Haze
1 S Pseudococcinea
1 S greggi Cherry Chief

05/06 Select Seeds (arrived 05/16)-
1 pk Ipomopsis Rubra (standing cypress) seeds

05/10 Salvia seeds ordered from Rolando Uría- arrived 05/31:
1 pk each of
S Alegria
S Exserta (also known as S Praeclara
S Guaranitica Congestiflora
S Guaranitica Santa Maria
S Haenkei
S Splendens Sao Borja
S Splendens Yvonne

05/12 Select Seeds (Salvia Sale)-delivered 05/22:
1 S Guaranitica (blue flowered species)
1 S Amante
1 S Soendens Van Houttei (burgundy flowers)

05/13 FBTS (second order but should ship with first order week of June 3)-
1 S Purple Majesty
2 S Darcyi x Splendens Roman Red

05/17 Almost Eden second order- delivered 05/30:
1 Iochroma Ashcott Red
1 Iochroma Indigo
2 Spigelia Marilandica

05/18 Annie's Annuals 2nd order- delivered 05/30:
2 Ipomopsis Rubra Skyrocket plants

05/22 Prairie Nursery- by phone (replacement for 2 damaged plants from order of 05/01- even though the damaged ones will likely recover they replaced them)- delivered 05/31 undamaged:
1 Delphinium Exaltatum
1 Geranium Maculatum

05/20 High Country Gardens- delivered 05/31:
2 Scrophularia Macrantha

05/29 Almost Eden
2 Salvia Amante (wanted to get these even though already have 3 from Select aseeds and they were almost out)

05/30 Annie's- per phone- called because the Cuphea Strybing Sunset from my order of 05/01 just didn't make it
1 Cuphea Oreophilia (free replacement for C Strybing Sunset)
2 Salvia Spathacea


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Name: Marilyn
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May 20, 2019 7:14 PM CST

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Wonderful order Judy. Thumbs up
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
May 22, 2019 2:39 PM CST
For anyone that has bought agastache from high country gardens and almost Eden which plants were larger?
Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
May 23, 2019 1:58 PM CST
I ended up ordering a red kudos and tutti frutti from hirt s gardens. They were both in sale and shipping was reasonable.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
May 23, 2019 9:34 PM CST

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Eric,

I haven't ordered Agastaches from both HCG and Almost Eden. Only from HCG. Maybe no one else has ordered from both companies, so they couldn't comment. I'm sure AE ships out nice Agastaches. I've thought about adding Agastaches to the order when I've placed orders from them before.

I ordered Kudos Red from Romance Gardens and I'm looking forward to seeing it in bloom.

I've grown Tutti Frutti before and love it. This spring, I ordered a Tutti Frutti also. Beautiful flower color.
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