9 Best Varieties of Agastache (Hummingbird Mint) for Your Garden

Are you thinking of growing some hummingbird mint in your garden but are overwhelmed by all of the beautiful varieties in the market? In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago will list nine beautiful Agastache options for you to consider for your garden.

Close-up of blooming Agastache 'Summer Sunset', one of the popular agastache varieties, in a sunny garden. This herbaceous plant features spikes of tubular flowers in warm hues reminiscent of a summer sunset, ranging from coral and orange to pink and lavender.

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Agastache is a large genus of plants made up of bushy, flowering perennials. This perennial is commonly known as giant hyssop or hummingbird mint. These perennials suit many different garden styles but are very common in cottage-style gardens. If you would like to invite hummingbirds into your garden, adding a few agastache to your yard will help you achieve that goal. 

As with many perennials, this genus has new varieties added to it every year or so. While this is wonderful, it can make selecting the right variety for you tricky. Consider the size of the area you have available for this plant, as well as what colors may suit your style best. These plants are also excellent container plants.

If you are ready to look deeper into 9 of the prettiest and best varieties of hummingbird mint, let’s dig in!

About Agastache

Close-up of Agastache barberi, commonly known as 'Tutti Frutti', against a blurred sunny garden background. This Agastache variety showcases dense spikes of tubular flowers that bloom in shades of violet and pink. The slender, lance-shaped leaves add to its overall appeal with a soft green hue.
Also known as hummingbird mint, agastache is a versatile, low-maintenance perennial that attracts pollinators.

Agastache is a perennial that I believe deserves a bit more credit. Yes, it is popular, but it is versatile, easy to grow, and should be in just about everyone’s gardens. 

This perennial goes by its genus name, giant hyssop, or, most commonly, hummingbird mint. It is known for its beautiful spikes of tubular flowers and its mounds of aromatic foliage. Originally a wildflower, agastache is native to North America.

Agastache makes a great addition to gardens for many reasons. First is the amount of pollinators it attracts to your garden. It doesn’t have the nickname “hummingbird mint” for no reason.

Secondly, this plant is very low maintenance once established in your garden. It requires little water and is a great plant selection for xeriscaping. Lastly, agastache shows great resistance to pests and diseases, including deer and other critters! 

‘Apricot Sprite’

Close-up of flowering Agastache aurantiaca 'Apricot Sprite' plants against a blurred background. This compact variety features slender spikes adorned with tubular flowers in a warm apricot hue. The blossoms are set against a backdrop of aromatic, gray-green foliage.
The vibrant ‘Apricot Sprite’ is perfect for late summer and fall gardens.
botanical-name botanical name Agastache aurantiaca ‘Apricot Sprite’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun 
height height 1-2 feet 
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

‘Apricot Sprite’ is a bright and bold choice for gardeners. This tender perennial blooms brightly in hues of peachy-orange and will last for a few weeks. The stalks of tuberous flowers bloom on top of a mound of green aromatic foliage.

This cultivar is a great perennial to add to a garden that needs an extra pop of color towards the end of summer and into the fall. The orange flowers will complement other autumnal plants, such as mums. Deadheading your hummingbird mint will help extend the bloom period, guaranteeing that your flowers will last well into the fall. 

‘Bolero’

Close-up of a flowering Agastache 'Bolero' plant against a blurred background. This variety boasts tall spikes of tubular flowers that display a captivating blend of deep violet and lavender hues, creating a visually stunning effect in the garden.
Purple-pink ‘Bolero’ agastache is a bushy, long-blooming choice for gardens and containers.
botanical-name botanical name Agastache ‘Bolero’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun 
height height 1-2 feet 
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-10

‘Bolero’ is a beautiful and bushy variety of agastache. The spikes of flowers are a perfect shade of purple-pink. Below these beautiful flower spikes are bronze-green leaves with the classic aroma of agastache leaves. 

‘Bolero’ will bloom for many weeks but benefits from removing spent blossoms. This small action will promote the production of new flowers. ‘Bolero’ is a bold variety for your gardens. Add this variety to an area of your garden with few flowers, or add it to your larger containers. The purple-pink flowers of this variety would pair nicely with coneflowers or salvia. 

‘Kudos Ambrosia’

Close-up of flowering Agastache 'Kudos Ambrosia' plants against a blurred background. This variety showcases spikes of tubular flowers in a soft, warm peachy-pink shade, creating a gentle and inviting aesthetic. The blossoms are arranged densely on upright stems, surrounded by lance-shaped green foliage.
This quick-growing perennial has multicolored flowers ideal for sunny gardens.
botanical-name botanical name Agastache ‘Kudos Ambrosia’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun 
height height 1-2 feet 
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-10

‘Kudos Ambrosia’ is a magical-looking plant. This perennial blooms in early summer and lasts into the fall. The flowers bloom in multiple colors, giving this plant a mystical appearance. With a mixture of cream, peach, and pink, this densely flowering perennial is well suited for most gardens with full sun. The foliage is oval to lance-shaped, mid-green, and aromatic. 

‘Kudos Ambrosia’ is a quick-growing perennial. Add this perennial to any of your perennial beds or pollinator garden. This variety would look beautiful mixed in amongst white flowers such as daisies where the multi-colors pop. 

‘Morello’

Close-up of flowering Agastache 'Morello' plants against a blurred background. This variety features tall spikes adorned with tubular flowers in a deep, luscious burgundy-red hue.
Cold-tolerant ‘Morello’ offers deep reddish-pink blooms lasting weeks, enhancing gardens and containers.
botanical-name botanical name Agastache ‘Morello’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun 
height height 2-3 feet 
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-10

‘Morello’ is slightly more tolerant of cold winters than most of the other hummingbird mint varieties. This variety of hummingbird mint produces dense blooms. These flowers are a deep reddish pink and will last for weeks at a time. Don’t forget to encourage more blossoms and lengthen the overall bloom time of your plant. 

These deep flowers bloom on top of deep green foliage that has a licorice aroma when crushed. The dense flowers of this variety look stunning on the edges of raised beds. Add ‘Morello’ to an area of a garden that needs some brightening up, perhaps amongst plants with darker foliage. 

‘Poquito™ Butter Yellow’

Close-up of the flowering plant Agastache 'Poquito™ Butter Yellow' against a blurred green background. This variety presents short spikes of tubular flowers in a delicate buttery-yellow shade. The blossoms are set against aromatic, lance-shaped green foliage.
This dwarf agastache is perfect for small gardens and features aromatic yellow blooms.
botanical-name botanical name Agastache ‘TNAGAPBY’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun 
height height 10 inches to 1 foot
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-10

This dwarf variety of agastache is perfect for tiny garden spaces! ‘Poquito™ Butter Yellow’ comes as advertised. Blooming in a soft shade of yellow, these flower spikes will max out at one foot in height. The foliage of this variety is fine and aromatic. 

‘Poquito™ Butter Yellow’ won the Classic City Award from the University of Georgia Trial Gardens in 2019. The winners of this award are tested for growth rate, flower power, and resistance to diseases and insects. These characteristics make this variety a great option for a garden with frequent critter visitors or for a gardener who does not have much time to dote over a high-maintenance plant. 

‘Raspberry Summer’

Close-up of blooming Agastache 'Raspberry Summer' in a sunny garden. The plant exhibits aromatic, lance-shaped leaves with a green-gray tint. The real showstopper, however, is the tall spikes of tubular flowers in a luscious raspberry-red hue, creating a visually stunning contrast with the foliage. The blossoms are densely arranged on upright stems.
Growing up to three feet, ‘Raspberry Summer’ agastache is ideal for beds or containers.
botanical-name botanical name Agastache ‘Raspberry Summer’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun 
height height 2-3 feet 
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-10

‘Raspberry summer’ is a lovely agastache variety that boasts raspberry pink flower stalks. The tubular flowers will bloom on top of bright green ovate or lance-shaped leaves with a classic minty aroma. Growing up to three feet tall, ‘Raspberry Summer’ will begin blooming in the summer and last through the fall. Don’t forget to deadhead to extend the bloom period. 

‘Raspberry summer’ is lovely planted in a perennial bed, but it also makes a great perennial for a container. Agastache is known to be rabbit and deer-resistant, so plant freely without too much worry! Try planting along a walkway or in front of some evergreen shrubs for a pop of color. 

‘Summer Glow’

Close-up of flowering Agastache 'Summer Glow' plants against a blurred green background. The plant showcases spikes of tubular flowers in a warm and glowing shade of apricot-orange. These blossoms rise above aromatic, lance-shaped green foliage.
Short-statured ‘Summer Glow’ agastache dazzles with two-tone red and yellow flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Agastache ‘Summer Glow’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun 
height height 1-2 feet 
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-10

‘Summer glow’ is a showy agastache variety. While it is a bit on the shorter side, only growing to two feet tall, the flowers make it for it. The calyces of the flower are deep red, while the tubular flowers are light, buttery yellow, creating a beautiful two-tone look. The foliage is a deep green and has more of a licorice aroma than mint. 

To keep these flowers blooming all season, deadhead any spent spikes of flowers. This will help to promote a new round of blossoms. Add ‘Summer glow’ to your flower beds. Try planting them in a large grouping around a patio or sunny walkway. 

‘Summer Sky’

Close-up of Agastache 'Summer Sky' plants in flower in a garden. The plant features spikes of tubular flowers that transition through a mesmerizing spectrum of colors, starting with pale lavender and gradually deepening into a rich purple-blue. These blossoms, held on upright stems, create a visually stunning display against the lance-shaped green foliage.
This variety offers periwinkle-purple flowers with deep purple calyces, ideal for gardens with vertical interest.
botanical-name botanical name Agastache ‘Summer Sky’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun 
height height 1-2 feet 
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-10

If you are a purple flower fan, ‘Summer Sky’ is a great choice for your gardens. The tubular flowers are a beautiful periwinkle-purple, but the deeper purple calyces give the plant an extra bump of color and contrast for your gardens. The foliage is aromatic and accents the flowers perfectly while remaining attractive in summer. 

‘Summer sky’ is a great perennial choice in a garden that could use some vertical lines. This plant is beautiful no matter where you plant it and is especially lovely when planted en masse. Plant amongst cosmos or other orange flowers to accentuate the purple flowers of ‘Summer Sky.’ 

‘Summer Sunset’

Close-up of flowering Agastache 'Summer Sunset' plants against a blurred background of a flowering garden. Agastache 'Summer Sunset' is a perennial herbaceous plant. The plant features aromatic, lance-shaped leaves. The standout characteristic of 'Summer Sunset' is its tall spikes of tubular flowers that display a gradient of warm hues from deep orange and coral at the base to soft peach and creamy yellow at the tips.
This agastache species is a showstopper and features dreamy shades of orange, perfect for containers or beds.
botanical-name botanical name Agastache ‘Summer Sunset’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun 
height height 1-2 feet 
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-10

‘Summer Sunset’ is a show stopper of an agastache variety. These flowers bloom in dreamy shades of orange, from peach to bright orange. Below the sunny blossoms is a nice mound of rounded and aromatic leaves. These flowers will bloom all summer long. 

‘Summer sunset’ would make a beautiful container plant, but it is also stunning in a perennial bed or planted in mass along a patio or walkway where the colors can be appreciated all summer long. 

Final Thoughts

Once you have selected the perfect variety of agastache for your garden, you will be off to the races! These plants grow beautifully and without much difficulty. Choose a variety hardy in your region to ensure this perennial will be long-lived. Enjoy these pretty flowers and the pollinators they will attract to your gardens!

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