Coronado® Red hyssop: red and radiant

Agastache 'Pstessene' 2 David WingerRed is undoubtedly a favorite color for regional gardens and CORONADO® Red hyssop is perfectly suited to bring color, texture and fragrance to your personal paradise. What sets CORONADO® Red apart from other hyssops is the distinctive color blend of crimson and maroon in the flowers that evoke the red rock hues so prevalent in Colorado and the west, the very colors that inspired the name of our state.

This unique selection comes from Welby Gardens and carries with it all the wonderful attributes we have come to expect from other Plant Select® agastache introductions such as SUNSET®, SONORAN SUNSET® and CORONADO®. The winning traits include a long flowering period from July into the weeks of September and the ability to grow in average garden soil with light amendment of organic material. Another admirable aspect of CORONADO® Red is its adaptability regarding moisture. It will tolerate dry conditions and perform beautifully with moderate irrigation every 10 to 14 days, but won’t object if watered more frequently on occasion.

The softly textured blue-green foliage carries the mildly minty aroma that has become associated with hyssops in general, a pleasant reward for gardeners and visitors. The nectar rich flowers are a calling card for hummingbirds and resistant to damage from deer and rabbits.

When you consider the complete offering, CORONADO® Red is hard to resist. It’s a beautiful companion to other sun-loving perennials, it thrives in average garden soil, it requires little more than cutting back last year’s growth to make way for the new and it will grow and flower well with moderate to low watering. But the color is what will win your heart. The unique blend of red tones is striking but subtle at the same time. It is a colorful Colorado red. Enjoy it in your garden soon.

View the plant profile here.

CORONADO® Red Hyssop (Agastache ‘Pstessene’)
16-18 inches
Width: 12-16 inches
Blooms: July to September
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Moisture: Moderate to dry
Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9
Culture: Clay, loam, or sandy soil

Thanks to Harriett McMillan, Echter’s Greenhouse & Garden Center, for writing this piece.

4 responses to “Coronado® Red hyssop: red and radiant”

  1. Becky Weis says:

    Will elk eat Coronado Red hyssop?

    • Ross Shrigley-Plant Select says:

      I believe they will. Just like deer, they may not try a plant for many years and then all of a sudden they start liking it. Let us know! Thanks!

  2. Nikki S says:

    Can the leaves/flower buds be used in tea? Absolutely love this aromatic plant in our sunny garden!

    • Ross Shrigley-Plant Select says:

      I absolutely love working around this plant in the garden for its aroma! Yes it can go in tea, but I’m not sure if it will taste as good as it smells. Enjoy!

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