Golden jubilee agastache foeniculum: sports deep yellow to chartreuse foliage, a heavenly mint scent, and big purple 4-inch bloomspikes from midsummer into fall. Nice for cutting and irresistible to bees, butterflies, and birds, these blooms crown the 20-inch-tall, 12-inch-wide plants majestically. Perennial zones 6-10, annual in northern climates.
Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate: spectacular, old-fashioned cottage garden favorite. Fast growing, the thick, sturdy stems rise to about 5 feet tall and bear flamboyant, arching, pendulous bright pink, bead like, flower clusters 3-4 feet long. An old heirloom favorite. Lures bees and butterflies. Flowers from midsummer until frost. Direct seed or transplant. Rich soil is best. Reseeds itself once established.
Medico Alfalfa ( Medicago sativa ) Alfalfa produces a large amount of nectar, which is highly attractive to many species of bees, and from which honey bees produce excellent crops of high quality honey. This strain of alfalfa can be made into a tea by placing two teaspoons of dried leaves in a cup of boiling water and soaking for 15 minutes. This tea is used to treat arthritis, boils, digestive disorders, urinary tract infections and bowel disorders.
Liatris Blazing Star (white and purple) Multiple wands of bright creamy white flowers open from top to bottom beginning in early summer. Narrow, opposite leaves are up to 10 inches long at the base of the plant and decrease in length up the stems. Height: 36-48 inches. Spread: 16-20 inches. Zones 3-9
Salvia nemorosa 'Snow Hill' ('Schneehugel'): White to go with my purple ones. 'Snow Hill' is a reliable garden plant with a more compact habit than other perennial salvias. Pure white flower spikes put on a marvelous show beginning in early summer and continue well into the summer if deadheaded. For the greatest impact in the garden, plant in drifts
Lespedeza 'Little Volcano' is a selection of the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Lespedeza liukiuensis, unlike Lespedeza thunbergii, makes an upright clump instead of one whose branches are pendulous. The 6' tall x 12' wide mound of branches, clothed with small, dark green leaves, explodes, starting in mid-September, as the stems are smothered with bright red-purple flowers that last until mid-October...stunning!