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Threadleaf Giant Hyssop ‘Apache Sunset’ (Agastache rupestris) organic

Originally, the threadleaf giant hyssop comes from the mountain areas of Arizona and New Mexico. From July, it bears orange blossoms that spread a pleasant scent and attract butterflies.

Agastache rupestris is an upright growing plant and reaches up to 60cm in height. The soil for this shrub should be as permeable and sandy as possible. It loves a sunny location. Furthermore, it prospers excellently in pots, which makes it an enrichment for balcony or terrace.

Agastache rupestris seeds, content: Approx. 100 threadleaf giant hyssop seeds

Plant family: Lamiaceae Country of origin: North America Plant height approx.: 60 cm Flowering time: August July September Flower colour: Orange Pink Lifecycle : Perennial Vivacious Winter hardiness zone (whz): 7 (–18 bis –12 °c) Climate: Arid Moderate sunlight: full sun Water requirements: Low Soil type: Arid Fresh Porous Use: Cut flower Ornamental plant Scented plant Spice plant

Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage): April March May Sowing time outdoors: June May Sowing depth: 0 cm Best germination temperature : 15 – 20 °C Planting distance: 60 cm Specialties: Honey plant Needs light to germinate Main harvest: August July June

Hardy, perennial shrub. Pre-cultivation possible indoors from March or sowing outdoors from May. Only scatter the seeds and press them lightly. Germinates well and already flowers in the first year. Planting distance approx. 25 cm.

Botanical name: agastache rupestris German names: felsen–agastache English names: hummingbird mint licorice mint sunset hyssop threadleaf giant hyssop French names: hysope argentée



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Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle

All tree, and nothin’ but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes “Gallon Containers”, that doesn’t exactly translate to the traditional liquid “gallon” size we think of. You’ll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: “United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions.” Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it’s for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We’ve gotta protect good ole’ Mother Nature, after all.

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About Me

The Sunset Magic™ Crape Myrtle is a marvelous new variety of purple-leaf shrub that also carries rich red blooms for many months of the year. Colored foliage is always loved in the garden, and purple is the most popular color, because it really stands out and contrasts well with other colors, such as golden leaves. This plant has very persistent coloring, holding its deep-purple color all through summer, right up to leaf-drop. It is as good as or superior to other purple-leaf shrubs, and many of those older plants flower for just a few days, and they may have disease problems too. This vigorous plant blooms from June to September, and it is free of the diseases that cause unattractive foliage and leaf drop in older types of crape myrtle. It grows between 5 and 10 feet tall, but stays only around 6 feet wide, so it fits perfectly into the smaller gardens so many of us have today.

  • Rich black-purple foliage all season, for dramatic color
  • Rich red flower clusters continuously from summer to fall
  • Grows easily in any sunny spot, and resists drought
  • Specially bred to resist the leaf disease that mar older crape myrtles
  • A top-quality shrub for both foliage and flower color

Plant the Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle in a sunny location, so that it flowers prolifically and keeps the richest possible leaf coloring. It will grow rapidly and without any problems in any well-drained soil, growing well even in poor sand and gravel soils. If you have a hot, sunny spot in your garden, this shrub will thrive. It is fast-growing too, so very soon you will have a full-sized plant, bringing vibrant leaf color from spring to fall, and powerful red flowers all summer and fall too. Diseases and pests won’t bother it, and the all-season interest will really bring your garden to life.

Shrubs with colored foliage are always popular, but never more than today. This is because they give months of color in the garden for very little work, so rather than growing flowering plants that take lots of care, or shrubs that flower for just a week or two each year, they are all you need for a colorful garden. Modern gardeners love to mix and match shrubs with different leaf colors, and no colors are more popular than rich deep reds and purples – the deeper, richer and more persistent the better. There are other shrubs that have this coloring, such as the Purple Leaf Plum, but no other purple-leaf shrub has the beautiful flowers, long bloom period, and trouble-free habits of the Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle.

The Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle is an upright shrub, reaching 5 to 10 feet in height, depending on where you grow it and how you prune it. It has a relatively narrow form for a Crape Myrtle, growing only 4 to 8 feet wide, so it is ideal for a smaller garden, or for mixing among other shrubs. From the very beginning of the spring growth this deciduous shrub produces vigorous, glossy foliage that is a rich, deep black-purple color. This coloring persists throughout the season, all the way into fall, so unlike other purple-leaf shrubs that fade to murky purple-greens as summer progresses, this shrub stays rich and colorful until the leaves eventually fall.

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But this is not all; once June arrives, or a little later in the northern limits of zone 7, blooms begin to appear. Every branch ends in a large cluster of flowers, 4 ½ inches long and a plump 4 inches across, packed with many flowers. The flowers are a rich red – an almost perfect ‘true’ red – which contrasts with the purple foliage to create a vibrant, majestic effect you will love. Each flower cluster lasts about 10 days, but new ones are constantly being produced, and your shrub will still be blooming away in September, only stopping when the colder weather arrives. To keep your Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle blooming to the max, remove spent flower heads by cutting back just above the first full-sized leaves. Towards the end of the season, if you stop removing spent flowers you will be rewarded with attractive seed pods, that add interest in winter after the leaves have fallen.

Growing Sunset Magic™ Crape Myrtles

Grow the Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle in a sunny location, to maximize flowering and the intensity of the leaf coloring. It will grow in any well-drained soil, including sandy and stony soils. Once established this is a very drought-resistant shrub, and it thrives in hot, dry weather.

Pests and Diseases

It has been specially bred to resist powdery mildew, a disease wide-spread and common on older types of Crape Myrtles. This disease disfigures the leaves by covering them with a white powder in summer. As well, this tough plant is resistant to the more serious Cercospora leaf spot disease, which causes sever spotting, followed by leaf fall and defoliation. You can forget about these diseases with this variety, and it is rarely troubled by any serious pests either.


Usually it is recommended that Crape Myrtle should be pruned in spring, but this shrub has been bred to give it a free-branching habit. This allows it to form a dense, finely-textured form naturally. You can still prune in the traditional way if you choose to. To do this, cut back the branches by one-third in early spring, removing weaker branches, or cutting them back by two-thirds to stimulate stronger growth. You can also prune up to create a short trunk and a more tree-like form.

History and Origins of the Sunset Magic™ Crape Myrtle

The Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle is the latest and best in the Magic™ series of dark-foliage Crape Myrtles, bred by a member of the team of the well-known and highly-regarded plant breeder Michael Dirr at the University of Georgia’s affiliate company Plant Introductions Inc. Joshua H. Kardos was the breeder, and he has produced many wonderful varieties. Breeding purple-leaf Crape Myrtles is one of his special areas. He created numerous plants before reaching the pinnacle of Sunset Magic™, which is patented under the cultivar name of ‘PIILAG-IX’. These plants are the result of a complex breeding program, and Joshua Kardos only patented this, his latest creation, in 2018.

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Buying Sunset Magic™ Crape Myrtles at The Tree Center

Our plants of this fabulous multi-purpose shrub are produced for us under license by Baileys Nurseries, as part of their First Editions ® series, the pick of the latest introductions of new plant varieties to satisfy gardeners. There is always enormous demand for the latest introductions, so we know these plants will be shipped out very soon. Order now while we still have supplies, and you too can enjoy the combination of rich purple foliage and dramatic red flowers that is only available in the Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle.

Colourful chard ‘Selection Sunset’ (Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris) organic

This open-pollinated Swiss chard variety is a very special ornament for the vegetable bed due to the bright yellow-orange shining leaf stems and ribs. Paired with the light green of the leaves, the leafy vegetable is a decorative attention-grabber,

which is also often planted as an eye-catcher in the flower bed.

Chard is an excellent vegetable for beginners because it grows in almost any soil and is extremely easy to care for. The leaves can be harvested regularly and you can really have a rich harvest during a garden season if you only cut the outer leaves. The vegetables are very rich in vitamins and can be used in many ways in the kitchen. Chard leaves can be used raw as a salad or briefly blanched as leafy vegetables.

Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris Seed, Content: Approx. 100 mangold seeds

Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage): March Sowing time outdoors: April August July June May September Sowing depth: 2 – 3 cm Best germination temperature : 15 – 20 °C Planting distance: 25 x 40 cm Cabbage Carrots Legumes Nasturtium Radish Radishes Main harvest: August July June October September Bad intercropping partners: Spinach Tomatoes Good intercropping partners: Cabbage Carrots Legumes Nasturtium Radish Radishes

Sowing from May to July directly outdoors. Sowing depth: 2-3 cm deep. Planting distance approx. 30 cm. Pre-swelling of the seeds in warm water for one night promotes germination. Loves loose humus soils and sunny locations.

Botanical name: beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris German names: Chard beißkohl blattmangold krautstiel rippenmangold römischer kohl stielmangold English names: Chard bright lights crab beet perpetual spinach seakale beet silverbeet spinach beet swiss chard French names: bette bette à carde blette côte de bette jotte joute poirée Spanish names: acelga blanca betabel betarava betarraga beteraba beterrada remolacha Italian names: bietola



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