Posts Tagged ‘Hummingbirds’
New Perennial Plants for 2013… Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum‘. This plant not only stood out with fabulous color during my summer trials but it also is amazing in my fall/winter garden. Heucherella give a great variation of color from spring through fall. They are a semi evergreen perennial which means they will give your garden in all season. Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum’ is a heat and humidity tolerant variety that does well in not only northern climates but also in the south. This is a stunning Heucherella to add to your part shade garden.
If slugs seem to be winning the battle in your Hosta Garden, we recommend giving Hostas one more try. Hosta ‘Rhino Hide‘ is as tough as nails! The thick substance of ‘Rhino Hide‘ make this a real match for slugs. The extra thick leaves have extra wide blue margins with a splash of light green up the center. The leaves are cupped shape, giving this Hosta more dimensional look. Although ‘Rhino Hide‘ can withstand full sun, it is recommended that it be planted in a more part shade location. In mid summer watch for the white flowers to emerge.
and start to see some green (hummingbirds) and orange and yellow(butterflies) and…
One of the most popular annuals for hummingbird attraction is Salvia ‘Black & Blue’. Although it is not the typical color for hummingbird attracting , which is red, this Salvia does a wonderful job! The intense blue flowers bloom off of black stems. This tall, 30-40″ sun loving annual is great for in those hard to grow dry areas in your garden. The butterflies, hummingbirds, and song birds just love hanging out on this annual. Hardy for zones 7-10 this may also be considered a tender perennial in some areas of the country. Salvia ‘Black & Blue’ makes for a great garden addition along with a great thriller for your combination planters. The best part of this plant for those of you with deer problems, it is deer resistant!
Here are a couple comments from other gardeners like yourself who have tried and love this variety.
Brenda, Zone 6 -This is my 3rd year growing these salvia’s. I live in zone 6, so I have to reorder each year. I don’t mind at all though, because they are beautiful blue color and bloom all summer. The hummingbirds absolutely love this blue flower.
Jaime Zone 8- Really, really nice plant! Bloomed for months – non-stop! I will always have 1 or 2 of these in the garden.
Well maybe not at first BITE but for sure at first SIGHT
For the past few years Echinacea have been all the rave. So many new varieties that come out every year, and us having to choose which ones to keep, drop or add as a new variety. Echinacea also have become a true collection. One of the new varieties that we added this year is Prairie Pixies™ ‘Cranberry Cupcake‘. One thing that I think people are looking for in cone flowers is a shorter plant but with large blooms. (correct me if I am wrong) ‘Cranberry Cupcake‘ is just that, a compact variety reaching 14 to 22 inches with tons of huge blooms. The large, double pom pom cone is a bright pink color with lighter pink rays that fall from it. Just the name of this plant may lead you to also think that it is a fragrant variety, which it definitely is! And with fragrance comes… you guessed it butterflies and hummingbirds. This delightful variety is a sure bet garden treat!
Be sure to check out our other 40 Cone Flower Varieties!
Garden Crossings is a great place to start your Echinacea collection!
If a long blooming perennial is what you are looking for, Agastache should be a high on your list. Agastache ‘Blue Boa‘ is a beautiful new perennial variety that has bright purple flower spikes that bloom all summer. The tall (2 -3 foot) upright habit of ‘Blue Boa’ and thick colorful spikes make this a great specimen plant. What I have done and recommend doing is planting several Agastaches together in mass to create a colorful long blooming ‘patch’ in your garden. The sweet anise smell is delightful on a warm summer night. Take a few cuts and bring this beauty in the house to enjoy. Agastache ‘Blue Boa‘ is a natural attractor for hummingbirds and butterflies, and because of its lovely scent the deer will stay away.
Be sure to check out our huge list of Agastache to start your long blooming variety list.