Agastache rupestris ‘Apache Sunset’
APACHE SUNSET AGASTACHE
Agastache rupestris ‘Apache Sunset’ is one of the very best of the many newly released Agastache.
Unbeatable flower-power, but on a compact plant
Because it has been bred for unbeatable flower power, but on a compact plant.
So it is particularly well suited to small gardens and pots, where you need the value of a very long period of blooming and colour, without taking up too much space.
Or for planting in the veggie patch where you need to attract as many pollinators as possible, again without taking up too much space.
Rich sunset shades of peach-tangerine
Flowers are rich sunset shades, in a blend of peach-tangerine.
So Agastache rupestris ‘Apache Sunset’ provides one of the most vivid colour shows of all the wonderful Agastache family.
And it will not give up flowering from the go of mid-spring to the whoa of late autumn.
Striking against smoky-grey foliage
Smoky-grey foliage and peach-tangerine flowers are a colour match made in heaven.
Making ‘Apache Sunset’ a very stylish, on-trend designer plant.
It looks smashing in a terracotta pot, or as an underplanting to apricot roses.
Large blooms, long flowering – but suitable for small gardens
Flower heads are large, long, showy and prolific despite the compact size of Agastache rupestris ‘Apache Sunset’.
So this hardy, evergreen, shrubby perennial gives a marvellous garden display.
Deliciously scented & edible
But ‘Apache Sunset’ should also be grown as a scent treat.
Because both the flowers and foliage are edible, and deliciously scented and flavoured of minty-liquorice.
Useful in the kitchen
Cooks love the foliage for use in the kitchen for both sweet and savoury dishes.
And the fresh flowers for giving flavour and colour to salads.
But when you add in a tough, bone-hardy constitution, and water-wise, easy low maintenance, then Agastache rupestris ‘Apache Sunset’ is an essential in both the flower and veggie garden.
Tough & easy to grow
Agastache rupestris ‘Apache Sunset’ is tough and easily grown in Full Sun to Part Shade.
It is hardy in frost and forgiving of a wide range of soils, including sandy, rocky and poor soils.
It suits coastal areas, windy, and hot and dry gardens.
‘Apache Sunset’ is water-wise and drought resistant, so it is ideal for gardeners with limited water, as well as limited space.
Low maintenance & easy to grow
Agastache rupestris ‘Apache Sunset’ is a low maintenance plant, and largely untroubled by any pests and diseases.
The only work required is to cut the whole plant back hard before spring to encourage new growth and a neat shape. And to pick and enjoy the delicious flowers and foliage as often as possible.
Use in cooking
Use the minty flavour in cakes, biscuits, salads, drinks; as edible and colourful garnish; and to flavour meat dishes.
Both flowers and foliage are delightful when dried and added to pot-pourri and insect repelling sachets.
Plus herbal and folk medicine tells us to rub the leaves on exposed skin to help repel mosquitoes.
Flowers first year from seed
Agastache rupestris ‘Apache Sunset’ is a hardy, upright, dense, compact perennial clump, and very quick growing for fast garden effect.
If the seed is sown early indoors, the resulting plants will flower happily in as little as 3 months from sowing the seed.
The plant makes an upright 45 to 60cm. high, dense shrubby perennial.
Lovely cut flowers
The bountiful flower trusses make good cut blooms for a vase indoors, where their rich peach-tangerine colour, together with the smoky-grey foliage really sing.
Birds & bees love Agastache
But for me it is the entertainment provided by our native honey-eating birds, while they acrobatically dance amongst the flowers and do a fine impersonation of a Hummingbird sipping nectar from the flowers, that make Agastache indispensable in my garden.
As the Agastache blooms continuously for months on end, from late spring to autumn’s close, the plant is a blessing for all our birds and useful pollinators, and provides great entertainment for us too.
‘Apache Sunset’ flowers are exceptionally rich in nectar. So they are invaluable and long lasting food source for bees, butterflies, birds and other useful pollinators. You will really see the difference in fruit set when you plant some in your veggie plot or orchard. Or stand a flowering pot nearby.
Rabbit & deer resistant
And to top it all off – rabbits and deer cant abide the aromatic oils in the foliage and flowers – so they leave them alone. Bless all Agastache.
45-60cm. High in spectacular flowers x 45cm Wide fragrant shrubby foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suits beginners and gardening with kids
Scatter seeds directly in the garden during spring or autumn / or sow at any time indoors for early plants.
Indoors: First sow the seeds in a punnet on surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then gently pat the seeds on the surface of the mix to ensure good contact.
But do not cover these seeds with any mix.
Because these seeds need light to germinate.
Now thoroughly moisten by placing the punnet in a shallow water bath, and allow the moisture to percolate up to the surface of the from the bottom.
This will ensure the mix is thoroughly moist but not drenched.
Label the punnet with the name and date sown.
Then place the punnet in a warm, well lit position (not in direct sunlight).
And keep the punnet moist by misting surface from a water spray bottle.
Covering the punnet with a clear cover, plastic bag, or glass will help to maintain consistent moisture and prevent drying out.
Temperatures of 18-20C approx. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
(An electronic heat bed is ideal but not essential, any warm, well-lit spot will do).
But these seeds are not particularly fussy.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 14-28 days.
Seed Count: 10 seeds per packet approximately.
(We always aim to exceed the stated count and give a generous serve).
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