my apricot sprite all died so I am not loving these plants right now. The ruprestris (sp?) wilts frequently. I guess planting last fall didn't give them enough time to face this heat. Not sure I will plant any of them again.
I am just bawfled at why both types failed. They were planted last fall and came up looking great this spring. The apricot sprites are all completely dead. I know its a bad summer but I really expected them to do better in the heat and drought. Hard to say what happened in this crazy year. I might try some in another bed to see if I get better results.
After reading some of your comments on spider mites, I wonder if that was what killed your plants. I've never had to deal with them on the scale you have but have read enough to make me think they can be devastating to plant life.
Both my Tutti Fruitties up and died, as did my Navajo sunset. Golden Jubilee is huge, Apricote sprite is doing well, as is a white one I have that gets big but the name escapes me now. There was no evidence of spider mites at all on either the TF or NSunset. But it was after an extreme run of hot weather.
As to the question about scents, Agastache, Monarda, Monardella, and Hedeoma species can have three chemotypes: Lemon (citral); Anise, licorice, root beer (estragole); and minty (menthone, piperitone). The races are usually just dominant in these odors, with the others also present in varying amounts.
For instance Agastache mexicana `Toronjil Morado' has huge pink flowers and a mostly lemon scent, with just enough estragole to enhance the lemony scent. This particular selection is the most subtropical form, and was crossed with others to create `Pink Lemonade (A. mex. x barberi); Tutti Frutti )A. barberi x mexicana); and Pink Panther (A. mex. x coccinea). The first two have a minty note in addition to the lemon and anise components.
Agastaches really need cool nights to withstand the current heat wave. High humidity means hot nights, and this will kill off most of these Agastaches.
That you for that information on the varied scents. I find them delightful and am amazed that I am keeping this plant alive.
NewtonsThirdLaw ~ mine is in a large pot and receives a decent amount of shade from other plants.
I keep it moist and our temps are in the mid 80°s at night and days over 100° up to 109°.
Its' 'keeping' sounds totally out of character for these plants but I'm grateful it is still among the living.