Today starts a new feature on the blog, Perennial Plant of the Week. Every Monday I'll highlight a perennial plant which I'm either interested in, fascinated by or have grown successfully. Perennial plants come back year after year and can increase in size over the seasons.
Today the star is Agastache 'Golden Jubilee.' I've been growing lots of different agastache over the past two seasons. The species is tough, will bloom in part sun and the bees love it. I have it growing in the sunniest part of my garden which offers about six hours of afternoon sun. Adding pollinator plants like agastache will help the honeybees and native bees as well, along with other pollinators like hummingbirds, butterflies and moths.
The deer are not interested in it and agastache fills the air with the fragrance of anise.
For the last 10 years chartreuse has been one of the colors breeders have incorporated into many different plants. It's a wonderful combination with the lavender flowers of 'Golden Jubilee.'
It grows about two feet tall, would be happy in full sun and starts blooming mid-summer.
It might be able to be found locally at a good nursery or garden center. If it's not in stock ask if it can be ordered. Most nurseries make weekly trips to the big growers during the season and would be happy to bring a specialty item back for a customer.
If you're cheap like me, you might enjoy growing 'Golden Jubilee' from seed. If you've started your own vegetable seeds, perennials will be a snap. Thompson and Morgan offers seeds, they produce one of my favorite catalogs.
This is the time to plan for next year's garden. I already miss mine as it's under a blanket of snow.
Like many gardeners, the only thing that keeps me going through the hardest part of winter are the catalogs filled with plants and seeds. Fantasizing about next season's garden is about all we can do this time of the year.