LAMIACEAE, The Mint family
It is so hot out. I stayed in the studio working all day. Is there a plant that I can think of to write about today that is cool? A big airy tree? A fern? A lichen growing on an icy stone outcropping? No, I’m working on a design with warm colors: purples, reds, a hint of orange and blue-grey. This Agastasche will be among rich-hued sedums and hebe and textural orange sedge. In Minnesota I knew only Anise hyssop, Agastasche foeniculum. There are so many lovely species and cultivars here. I like this one because the soft orange flowers contrast with the grey foliage, and it is very compact, growing just 18 inches tall and wide. It attracts hummingbirds and is fragrant. Drought tolerant once established, plant in full to partial sun.