2022—Hummingbird Mint

The Hummingbird Mint has been been a wonderful addition to my garden. It’s a form of Giant Hyssop (Agastache) and its lengthy bloom period (early summer into fall) and its tolerance for excessive heat (as long as my Rube Goldberg drip watering system does its job) make it perfect for my garden of pots and hanging baskets. It is attractive not only to hummingbirds but to bees and to butterflies. I had a single plant last year but this year I added several more. One has grown much larger than any of the others and it proves to be a constant draw to the Anna’s and Black-chinned Hummingbirds. The minty fragrance of the foliage is also delightful. This Anna’s (either a female or a subadult male, I’m not certain which) approaches a cluster of Hummingbird Mint flowers, ready to dive in.