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Aug 23, 2011 1:55 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Since there isn't a forum for Salvias & Agastaches, this seems a decent forum to post about them since they can be good cottage garden plants.

This is one of my favorite groups of plants for both their beauty and their attractiveness to hummingbirds and other pollinators. I'm not even sure how many varieties I have right now but it's definitely over 25. When I get to a computer that isn't flaky, I can hopefully post some more photos.

Here's Salvia leucantha 'Ferpink' at the UGA Trial Gardens in Athens, GA a few years ago. This cultivar is also sold under the names of 'Danielle's Dream' and 'Pink Velour' depending on the country. I just got a small plant this spring and look forward to a few blooms this fall.

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So what are your favorites?
Please share photos and chat about this great group of plants. Smiling
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Aug 23, 2011 3:22 PM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
I garden for the pollinators.
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Aug 23, 2011 3:49 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Timber's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! I sent a postcard to Randy! Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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Here is mine. Not close ups.
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Black/Blue salvia

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Apricot Salvia
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Aug 23, 2011 5:32 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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What's the difference between salvia & agastache's? And will agastache grow 30 miles south of the Ga. border?
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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Aug 23, 2011 5:40 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Timber's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! I sent a postcard to Randy! Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing That is what the second one is Apricot Sprite Agastaches, and I don't remember hearin of them before I got these. shows how I get around. The B/B is about 4' tall and the Agast is 3 1/2'.
I think we live farther south than 30 mi. Confused
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Aug 23, 2011 6:13 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Okay, I should have made myself more clear. Will agastache grow in Florida 30 miles south of the Fl./Ga. border?
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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Aug 23, 2011 8:56 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
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I suspect it will, but there's others who will know better than me.

I have the 'May Night' also, and love, love, love it. It's the first and last to bloom for me; it starts around mid-March straight through until October. I got 'Caradonna' this year and was really impressed with the dark stems/blooms. I put East Friesland, Pink Friesland, Snow Hill, Purple Haze and May Night together with some Nepeta, I'll try and remember to post a pic once it's cleaned up. The Purple Haze will probably have to come out, it just doesn't fit.

I also grow S. farinacea "Victoria Blue". It's not supposed to be hardy, but I have it against my brick porch and it comes back for me there.

Great topic!
In the end, only kindness matters.

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Aug 23, 2011 9:08 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Waco, TX (Zone 8a)
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Salvias and agastaches are both members of the same family, Lamiaceae or mints. I think of them as cousins.
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Aug 24, 2011 12:57 AM CST
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Lovely Photos, Tee & Charleen! Smiling

FYI, That 'Lambada' looks like Monarda 'Lambada.' Monardas are also in the Lamiaceae family and "cousins" to the Salvias and Agastaches.

Ann, I'm not sure how the western Agastaches would do at your place since they don't care for humidity and hot nights. The few I've had have been short lived, only living a few years with the exception of rupestris which is still hanging in there. There is a new one that I just got called 'Heat Wave' that is supposedly more tolerant of heat and humidity. I got mine at a local nursery but I saw some at Home Depot too. I think 'Tutti Frutti' is supposed to do better too but mine is new. The broader leaved, blue, bee pollinated Agastaches are much more adaptable and can be invasive when happy.

I can only do a few photos at a time thanks to my flaky computer. Here are a some from my garden a couple of years ago.

Agastache 'Blue Fortune' and a few wisps of Agastache aurantiaca 'Coronado' growing with Lilium and Echinacea 'Pixie Meadowbrite'

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Here is Salvia hybrid 'Silke's Dream' (darcyi x microphylla)



Agastache aurantiaca 'Coronado' growing with Salvia greggii 'Lipstick'

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Aug 24, 2011 1:59 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Thank you ladies for the explanations. Nice photos everyone. We bought 5 ac. & a good portion is meadow which I would like to turn into wildflower meadow. So I will be looking into plants I can "naturalize". I think I should add salvias & agastache to the list along with phlox, gallardia, coreopsis.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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Aug 24, 2011 5:33 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
Oops, you are so right ... it is Monarda Lambada. I always call that one by the wrong name for some reason. Got started on the wrong foot with it and just keep on keepin on. Thanks for the correction. Anyway, it's a kissin' cousin. *Blush* Big Grin Thumbs up
I garden for the pollinators.
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Aug 24, 2011 5:51 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
Agastache "Honey Bee Blue" (sorry about the washed-out color in the photo - it's a beautiful darker blue)

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The Agastaches (Hyssop) mostly smell wonderful ... spicy, sweet ... yummy!
I garden for the pollinators.
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Aug 24, 2011 10:21 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Ooooooo, I can't wait to try some! I know salvias are pretty drought tolerant but that's odd being in the mint family as mint likes moisture at least to my knowledge. What about the agastache?
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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Aug 24, 2011 10:36 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
The Agastache tends to smell good like its mint relatives. The Salvias, not so much. At least to me. My Agastaches have done fine this summer in intense direct sunshine, a lot of heat, and sometimes minimal watering. When first planted they can look like they aren't going to make it at all, all wilted down, and then once they take root, it's off to the races. Wonderful plants. I can't recommend the highly enough. Thumbs up
I garden for the pollinators.
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Aug 24, 2011 10:47 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
Oh, now see, I didn't know they were the same thing as Hyssop. That's an ingredient in my new favorite tea. I wonder which one they use....

Hi Patricia, good to see you! (I was Pagancat on DG equine forum).
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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Aug 24, 2011 10:53 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
Good. I'm glad to hear that Tee. Thanks. Also good to know they melt down & look like they croaked till they get established. And sun--- you know we have plenty of that here in the Sunshine State.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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Aug 24, 2011 11:27 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
Well, 100º was about as hot as it got here this summer with a heat index of around 112º ... but they didn't seem phased in the least. Thumbs up
I garden for the pollinators.
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Aug 24, 2011 11:30 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
I'm impressed.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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Aug 24, 2011 11:32 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
Me too. Hurray!
I garden for the pollinators.
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Aug 24, 2011 8:15 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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I wintersowed agastache purple pygmy for several years. Beautiful, but they all only lasted 2 or 3 years. I added a new one this year, but I forget the name. Confused

I grow annual salvia every year. This year I wintersowed a salvia nemorosa.

Karen

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