Gardening where the sidewalk ends

Agastache After the Rain August 22, 2008

With the timing of our vacation and then the arrival of some well-timed late summer rain, I haven’t watered the garden in over a week! What a relief at this time of the Seattle summer, when things are usually dry as a bone in the parking strip.

My mom raised some agastache from seed a few years ago and gave me a few plants. They come back every spring, bloom fairly early in the summer, and just keep on going until fall. Their color is so lovely, kind of peachy into reddish orange, and the foliage is kind of a dusty green. They are tough as nails and don’t seem to need much water either. Here’s a pic of one of mine after the rain, with a drop about to drip off one blossom.


This particular one is planted next to a blanket flower, which is a bit of a clash, color-wise – maybe I’ll move them around next spring.


3 Responses to “Agastache After the Rain”

  1. Nancy Bond Says:

    I think the colors compliment each other perfectly, but then, I love brights in the garden. 🙂

  2. Oh, beautiful! I’d never heard of this plant before!

    I’m so envious that you can get away with a week of not watering in the summer.

  3. greenwalks Says:

    Hi Nancy –

    Thanks, if it’s okay with you, it’s okay with me. 🙂


    anthropologist –

    It was definitely a weird summer here. Super cool and wet during August, then completely bone dry and warm in September. Usually it’s the opposite. Global climate change or just a weird blip? I have no idea!

    – Karen

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