The tango hummingbird mint grows about 14 inches tall and about 14 to 16 inches wide in its first few years, making it a much smaller, less-overpowering agastache compared to other agastache varieties. However, hummingbird mint is known to spread, in somewhat the same fashion as true mint. You can prevent the plant from seeding by deadheading your hummingbird mint after it blooms. Or, weed out some of the hummingbird mint at the end of each season to limit its spread.
In zones 5 and above, Tango Hummingbird Mint grows as a perennial. This plant will return year after year when properly cared for, and is likely to spread a bit each year.
If you're gardening in zone 4 or below, agastache plants aren't necessarily out of your reach-you'll just need to plant them in containers and bring them indoors in winter. Or, grow these plants as an annual. A shared similarity to true mint-Tango hummingbird mint grows beautifully in large planters. Pair with English lavender for a fragrant display in your favorite oversized pot.
Hummingbird mint is not an invasive plant-it actually spreads less than true mint over the course of the growing season. And, Tango Hummingbird Mint is a particularly tidy, compact variety, so this is a great choice if you have limited space for your agastache. Keep in mind, however, that this is a perennial that will spread. Tango hummingbird mint can self-seed, so if you do not want it to spread too much, you should remove spent blooms after flowering and cut the plant back vigorously in fall.
Tango Hummingbird Mint thrives in zones 5-10, and can grow in any clay soil that isn't too heavy. Outside of the deep South and hot desert climates, you're likely to find that hummingbird mint will grow quite well in your garden.
Drought tolerant after establishing, Tango Hummingbird Mint does require well draining, fertile soil. Be sure to plant your agastache with plenty of room for air flow between the plants, and choose a site without soggy soil. You can add compost to enrich the soil. And, consider adding a top dressing of compost each year to provide more nutrients for your agastache plants.
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