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Thursday
Feb122009

Easy Care Perennials: Some Plants Thrive in Spite of Neglect.

Agastache “Blue Fortune”. This fragrant perennial loves the sun and heat, is drought tolerant after the second year of growth, deer-resistant and hardy from Zones 5a to 9b. It will grow from 2 to 3 feet tall and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. This plant likes a well-drained soil that is not too rich. It blooms with many powder-blue spikes from mid summer until October. Birds love its seeds but gardeners do not. Agastache is an aggressive reseeder and is considered invasive. However, the new seedlings are easy to thin out and most gardeners report that digging up new growth is worth the effort, considering the pleasure the plant brings and the neglect it will tolerate.

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