Plants That Attract Hummingbirds in Your Garden
Exposure to hummingbirds is generally not very common unless they are passing through your garden. Finding them feasting on the flowers in your garden is a true delight.
Two specific plants must be at the top of your priority list. Wherever these two plants are grown the hummingbirds would sure find them. It would be your luck to see gorgeous blue hummingbirds dancing on their way through your garden.
Vermilion Bluffs Mexican Sage (Salvia darcyi ‘Pscarl’) stands out in the garden in many ways. An imposing plant, it reaches 3- to 4-feet tall and wide, has silver-green foliage and the brightest red trumpet flowers you can imagine.
Add blue hummingbirds and it just doesn’t get any better than that. It is among the known tender perennial. It insists on a site with lean soil and dry conditions, although it must be watered to get established. The blooms start in July and continue until frost.
For years, gardeners have wished for a perennial with a good red flower in summer and fall. Vermilion Bluffs Mexican Sage surely fits that bill.
Orange Carpet Hummingbird Trumpet (Zauschneria garrettii) is a fast-spreading groundcover that is flush with reddish-orange trumpets from August until frost. Standing at just 3- to 4-inches tall, it will spread out to cover an extensive area. It, too, prefers dry soils, full sun and room to spread. Because of its size, it needs to be planted on top of a wall, on a slope or in the forefront of a bed. It’s explosion of reddish-orange flowers, especially with the silver foliage of the nearby sages (Artemisia versicolor ‘Sea Foam’ and Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’), is quite showy.
Until these two plants were added to the garden, seeing hummingbirds could be a rare treat for you. But with their additions, the tiny birds are more likely to be regulars. Find room in your garden for these two beautiful plants and welcome in the hummingbirds.
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