Agastache 'Blue Fortune'
Mexican giant hyssop
A strong vertical presence from June until October with masses of slender soft-lavender spikes held in darker bracts - set against aromatic apple-green foliage
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, fertile soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to October
- Hardiness: hardy (borderline)
Hyssops are great for adding vertical accents to a border, with whorls of long-lasting, tiny flowers arranged like a bottlebrush and pointed, aromatic fresh green leaves that are attractive to butterflies and bees. They are short-lived though, and may need replacing every few years, especially after a cold or wet winter. Blue Fortune has loose spires of lilac-blue flowers from July to October and peppermint-scented leaves. This upright, bushy perennial is perfect for the middle of a sheltered, sunny border. Try it as part of a Mediterranean scheme, with grey-leaved plants, or among ornamental grasses.
- Garden care: Don't cut back the faded flower-stems in until early spring, as they provide interest in the winter months. Lift and divide congested colonies in spring.
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Q:Hello, I have a small area near a patio, that gets full sun. It is dry in summer but very boggy if there is alot of rain. I have planted Hebes and Lavender but would like something that will cope with the diverse situations and give me color. The soil is clay.
Thank you.Asked on 16/3/2013 by Slapdash from NW London
There are lots of things that might be suitable - here are some of my favourites.
Geranium x oxonianum Wargrave Pink
Campanula lactiflora Pritchards Variety
I hope this gives you lots of ideas,Answered on 18/3/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Advice on planting your pre-designed Red Summer border
Dear sir/madam I am particularly interested in buying the Red Summer Pre Designed Border. Please can you tell me whether these plants are suitable for planting in conjunction with weed inhibiting fabric. I want to minimise the amount of weeding required. Many thanks for your help RuthAsked on 22/6/2009 by Ruth Hamilton
A:Hello Ruth, You can plant these into the weed supressing fabric without any trouble at all, provided you make sure the fabric allows the water to drain through. All you need to do is cut big crosses into the fabric and peel back the edges to plant and then fold back the edges again. I hope this helps.Answered on 23/6/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What can I plant in my planting bed?
I have lost a plant in the middle of a border and am left with an unsightly hole which I would like to fill with some colour again. It is a narrow border so I don't want anything too large - probably no bigger than 50x50 cm. It is a mixed shrub/perennial border of pink, blue and white, which gets lots of sun and tends to be fairly dry - the soil is clay. The surrounding plants are perennial cornflower, hardy geraniums and osteospermum. Can you recommend something which will quickly fill the gap?Asked on 21/6/2006 by Annabelle Coombs
A:There are some lovely plants that would be suitable for the spot you described. Just click on the link below each plant name to find out more about that particular one. Agastache Blue Fortune http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=208&CategoryID= Dicentra spectabilis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/geranium-macrorrhizum-white-ness/classid.2000015973/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2839&CategoryID= Geranium maculatum Elizabeth Ann http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2000005206&CategoryID= Polemonium caeruleum http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3456&CategoryID= Sanguisorba albiflora http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3564&CategoryID=Answered on 26/6/2006 by Crocus
Tender perennials, such as pelargoniums, fuchsias, osteospermums and marguerites look great all summer, but unless they are given protection from the harsh winter weather, they will need to be replaced each spring. If you can do this, they will last for yRead full article