Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius'
Keep hummers humming by growing their favorite plants!
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How can you not love the hummingbird? Small, fierce, jewel-encrusted, aerodynamic marvels of nature that only those of us who live in the Americas get to enjoy in our gardens. Epic battles are waged here over hummingbird territories, and every year the staff discovers at least a couple of tiny hidden nests.

Did you know that hummingbirds have no sense of smell and thus have to rely on their color vision to find flowers that contain the nectar the crave. Some can fly at almost 60 mph, their hearts beat almost a thousand times a minute and their metabolism is so speedy that in order to sleep, they fall into a semi-coma so they won’t starve. All this work takes tons of energy which is why we encourage you to help these little guys out by growing the nectar-producing plants they love. Red and orange, trumpet-shaped flowers are among their favorites. We’ve assembled some of our favorites here, but you can also check out our complete list online.

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Basil herbalea 'Wild Magic'
Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst'
Echium wildpretii "Tower of Jewels"

Otherwordly conical clusters of glistening reddish pink flowers can reach 8’ and will certainly get your garden noticed! “Tower of Jewels” seems not to care about anything but looking stupendous. Adored by hummers, it self-sows for years of enjoyment! Poor dry soil okay, but not clay! Deer resistant, bug proof and totally drought tolerant! Usually blooms in year 2 but in the meantime you get an impressive 30” across foliar rosette.

Perennial USDA zones 9-10

Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'

Huuuge brizzilliant red blooms crown this vigorous, fast and EASY “Bee Balm” from June to September! Celebrated as the healthiest, most MILDEW RESISTANT garden Monarda, it’s tolerant of heat and humidity and any soil including CLAYISH. Spectacular in a cottage or informal garden or in a big tub. To 3-4’ tall and 2-3’ across, it’s said to spread quickly by rhizomes in the Southern US, so allow room or divide every few years. Butterfly and hummingbird favorite! Cut back to 3” in fall.

Perennial USDA zones 4-9

Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’ Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
Lobelia aguana

EXTREMELY RARE and wonderful, this easy and amiable Central American perennial is exuberant in habit and reaches a base branching 5' x 5' in 2 years. Hundreds of well displayed, exotic, bearded, 2" flowers jut out on prominent stems up and down the numerous upright stalks almost year round with the heaviest bloom occurring in summer and fall, with plenty of blooms continuing thru Winter. Pretty, evergreen, linear foliage. Ours is hugely happy in moist, well-drained soil with an annual 2" side-dress of compost. Can be cut back to 2' tall in Winter to contain growth. Hummingbird heaven!

Perennial USDA zones 9-11

Abutilon striatum “Redvein Indian Mallow”

Extraordinary 2” golden peach bell-shaped flowers conspicuously veined in red and clasped in a charming calyx dangle like jeweled ornaments from a mass of strongly upright branches. Very EASY and FAST growing, it can reach 15’ or more, but with an annual cut back to 30” you can keep it in the 6-10’ range or pinch tips to promote an even bushier form. Choice as a background vertical growing over a fence or outside your side-yard window where you can enjoy all the hummingbird activity! It can be espaliered or grown in a pot but prefers rich loamy soil.

Perennial USDA zones 9-10

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Clianthus puniceus “Parrot’s Bill”

THE plant your garden guests will go nuts over! Forming an attractive, evergreen, multi-branching shrub to 4’x4’, this now extinct in the wild, New Zealand native kind of resembles a short tree fern with its long, handsome, arching branches. Loads of radiant, rosey-red, 3” long “parrot-beak” blooms held in clusters light up the branches in spring (with lesser bloom in summer) at least 15 to a branch! Easy and fast – do provide rich well drained soil and side-dress with compost annually. Totally neat-o in a half barrel. Attracts birds and can be espaliered. Hardy to 13° F.

Perennial USDA Zones 8-11

Hollyhock Alcea 'Mars Magic’

Brilliant red and PERENNIAL - not biennial, like the more common Hollyhocks. Instead of creating 1, 2 or 3 stalks, these display many erect stems arising from the base. Topping out at 5’-6’ tall and 5’ across, they present a nice silhouette, making them much easier to place in the garden - and they won’t need staking! Best of all, they’ll bloom from early summer until fall - how awesome is that? Quite long-lived too (in our gardens, they last 5 years) and they’re substantially more RUST RESISTANT than the average Hollyhock.

Perennial USDA Zones 4-9

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Fuchsia 'Galfrey Lye'

Luminous, eye-catching blooms suspended from amazingly long, slender stems makes this one of our favorite Fuchsias! Fast growing into a graceful 4' x 3' shrub with arching, wine-red stems, it blooms year around in our mild climate and starts flowering early in USDA zone 8. An abundant bloomer, the lovable 3" "fairy-lantern" flowers display white-blushed-pink tubes and sepals encircling smoky carmine petals, the color contrast making them noticeable even from a distance. Evergreen (in zone 9-11), it's also one of the most cold hardy. Choice for lighting up a partially shady corner.

Perennial USDA Zones 8-11

Salvia chiapensis “Chiapas Sage”

We’re huge fans of this Salvia because it gives great bloom year round here in coastal California. Easy and long lived with plentiful flashy rose-fuchsia flowers well displayed on many, many graceful stems, you get lots of garden sparkle and movement. And the pleasing, oval foliage forms a dense rounded, can't-see-thru-it shape that looks great planted at the edge or corner of the garden. Wonderful long blooming container (15+ gal) subject! 3'x3'. Do plant in rich, well-drained soil. Cut back anytime for fresh growth. Hummers! Deer resistant! Hardy to 20 F.

Perennial USDA Zones 8-10

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Streptosolen jamesonii “Marmalade Bush”

Orange, yellow and red – oh my! Always in demand here at the nursery, this stunning shrub blooms almost all year round! From late spring thru fall, the large 5” clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers appear wondrously at the same time. Multi-branching, fast and easy, it’s evergreen, with attractive smallish and shiny bright green oval leaves. Striking in any position, especially spilling over walls and lining garden stairs. For best show, grow in half day sun with rich soil. Side-dress with compost once a year.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11

Thunbergia alata 'Spanish Eyes'

EASY, vigorous, fast growing...and what delightful eyes you have, Senorita – all peachy and gold, and such mysterious dark pupils! On a trellis, obelisk or even as a groundcover, she’s a beautiful, bountiful bloomer from mid-summer thru fall. Grows to about 6’ x 6’ and is happy in bright shade as well as sun. Do plant in good soil with compost added if you want to see what she really can do! Butterflies! Cut back to 1' in winter. Self-sows.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11
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