Agastache 'After Eight'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, fertile soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to October
- Hardiness: fully hardy (borderline)
Deep green, aromatic foliage forms an attractive mound, from which upright, purple-black stems appear in midsummer. These are topped with spikes of deep purple-blue flowers, which attract butterflies and other beneficial insects in their droves. The colouring of this drought-tolerant perennial makes it a wonderful addition to the herbaceous border or wildlife garden.
- Garden care: Don't cut back the faded flower-stems until early spring, as they provide interest in the winter months. Lift and divide congested colonies in spring.
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