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To add some extra magic to your garden make sure to plant for the hummingbirds. You'll be supporting wildlife in your garden as well as bringing these intriguing creatures into your life.

Below we highlight 24 plants available now at Phoenix that are some of the best we know of to make hummers go wild. They are also beautiful and long-blooming and sure to add valuable colour to your garden for months on end.

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Hot Plants for Hummingbirds

Hardly is a garden moment more magical than when a hummingbird becomes part of the show. Attract our two west coast species, the rufous hummingbird and the Anna's hummingbird, to your garden by selecting plants that they will love. Here are some of our all time favourites that hummers go mad for at the nursery every year. We have lots of other possibilities as well but the following are some of the best.

Penstemon barbatus 'Riding Hood Red' - Beard Tongue - READY IN MID MAY - 'Riding Hood Red' has dramatic spikes of lipstick red, tubular flowers that bloom for most of the summer and send our hummingbirds into conniptions! Also a good cut flower. Beautiful foliage. If you've had trouble overwintering Penstemon in the past, try cultivars of this species P. barbatus. It tends to be a strong, long-lived plant overwintering in pots outdoors out our exposed nursery when others might fail under the stress. Penstemon 'Cha Cha Cherry' - Beard Tongue - 'Cha Cha Cherry' is a very showy Penstemon with numerous spikes of bright red, tubular flowers. Long-blooming from July to October. The plants have a bushy, compact habit and a very long bloom time. The dense foliage is a healthy blue-green and is a great contrast for this powerful garden performer. Great for hummingbirds and bees.
Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' - Honeysuckle - ‘Major Wheeler’ is one of the best selections of Lonicera sempervirens and stands out above all other red-flowered cultivars for clean foliage and pure flower power. This selection is covered in red trumpet flowers in late spring and keeps churning them out all summer long, especially with a post-bloom trim. The hummingbirds will find it from miles around. Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' - Honeysuckle - Lonicera 'John Clayton' has lovely, pale yellow flowers that explode from the vining stems from June until November and grabs the attention of hummingbirds, butterflies, and humans alike. Bright orange-red fruits in late summer and fall. Selected by the Virginia Native Plant Society for its yellow rather than red flowers, excellent repeat bloom, clean foliage, and compact form. Named for a colonial botanist, it was found on the grounds of a 17th century Abington church in Glouchester, Virginia.
Monarda didyma 'Leading Lady Plum' - Bergamont - 'Leading Lady Plum' grows small and compact and has magenta purple flowers with darker purple spots and good mildew resistance. Monarda is native to eastern North America, is easy to grow and multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas. Monarda didyma 'Leading Lady Lilac' - Bergamont - 'Leading Lady Lilac' grows small and compact and has lilac purple flowers with attractive spots and good mildew resistance. Monarda is native to eastern North America, is easy to grow and multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas.

Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Cotton Candy' - Bergamont - Monarda 'Cotton Candy' has light pink flowers held above the highly mildew resistant, dark green, upright foliage throughout summer. The Sugar Buzz series offers short, compact plants for the front of the border that are smothered in long-lasting flowers. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas.

Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Rockin Raspberry' - Bergamont - Monarda 'Rockin Raspberry' has bright magenta flowers are held above the highly mildew resistant, dark green, upright foliage throughout summer. The Sugar Buzz series offers short, compact plants for the front of the border that are smothered in long-lasting flowers. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas.

Echium amoenum - Red Feathers - Echium amoenum, often called red feathers, forms low-growing mounds of narrow dark green leathery foliage from which arise feathery flowering spikes covered in a multitude of russet-red florets. This long-blooming species will repeat bloom in summer and fall if properly deadheaded. Drought tolerant. Very popular with hummingbirds.

Monarda didyma 'Gardenview Scarlet' - Bergamont - 'Summer Snow' is a hardy hybrid gardenia hand selected after 10 years of development and test studies. ‘Summer Snow’ has beautiful pure white double flowers that are sweetly fragrant. The foliage is evergreen, rich and glossy. Reportedly hardy to zone 6 which would make it the hardiest of the hardy gardenias.

Salvia Heatwave 'Blast' - Meadow Sage - This hybrid is extreme drought and heat tolerant. It has a compact habit and salmon pink flower. 'Blast' will bloom constantly with hundreds of flowers from June to November. Makes a super easy and appealing container plant for the patio. Plant in full sun in hot dry spots with well-drained soils.

Salvia Heatwave 'Blaze' - Meadow Sage - Salvia Heatwave 'Blaze' is extremely drought and heat tolerant with a compact habit and crimson red flowers blooming constantly from June to November. Makes a super easy and appealing container plant for the patio or plant in full sun in hot dry spots with well-drained soils.
Salvia Heatwave 'Brilliance' - Meadow Sage - Salvia Heatwave 'Brilliance' is extremely drought and heat tolerant with a compact habit and magenta flowers blooming constantly from June to November. Makes a super easy and appealing container plant for the patio or plant in full sun in hot dry spots with well-drained soils. Salvia Heatwave 'Glimmer' - Meadow Sage - Salvia Heatwave 'Glimmer' is extremely drought and heat tolerant with a compact habit and pure white flowers with a faint hint of pink blooming constantly from June to November. Makes a super easy and appealing container plant for the patio or plant in full sun in hot dry spots with well-drained soils.
Salvia bulleyana 'Blue Lips' - Meadow Sage - Salvia 'Blue Lips' has aromatic, crinkly, dark green leaves topped with spikes festooned with two-lipped, open-mouthed, tubular, soft yellow flowers with purple-blue lips. An unusual colour combination for sunny sites. Salvia 'Ember's Wish' - Sage - OK. This one is likely not going to be hardy for most people but the hummingbirds are begging for it. They really are! Large, bright coral-red flowers are produced all summer long atop scented foliage. Drought and heat tolerant so its blooms will not fade in the heat. Ornamental sages are useful for full to part sun locations. Grow in a protected location against the house or in a pot that can be protected in winter or treat as an annual. You and the hummingbirds are worth it!
Salvia darcyi Vermillion Bluffs - Red Mountain Sage - Salvia darcyi Vermillion Bluffs is an extra hardy version of the species that makes a huge four feet tall by 3 feet wide clump of light green leaves topped in summer by spikes of bright orange-red flowers. A hummingbird magnet. Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue' - Anise-Scented Sage - Salvia 'Black and Blue' produces truly vibrant cobalt blue flowers with black sepals by the thousands all season long. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Even worth it as an annual in colder climates.
Salvia Windwalker Royal Red - Red Mountain Sage - Windwalker Royal Red is a hybrid between Salvia darcyi and S. microphylla hardy to zone 5. Windwalker Royal Red makes clumps 48" tall x 60" wide of light green leaves, topped in the summer by spikes of bright orange-red flowers. Salvia 'Hot Lips' - Baby Sage - Very cool and a bestseller. This is a fast-growing wild selection of a Mexican sage which is adorned with stunning bicolour flowers -- white flowers with red lips -- from May until frost. But the expression of colour is temperature sensitive. In spring the flowers are usually all red, later bicoloured/hot lipped and in the heat of the summer all white, then returning to bicoloured and then red again in the fall. Will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring.
Agastache 'Summer Fiesta' - Hummingbird Mint - Agastache are incredibly useful for clouds of colour through the summer months. ‘Summer Fiesta’ has outstanding dense, spicy orange red spikes produced in masses. The Summer Series have sepals that remain in colour and do not brown like other agastache giving these cultivars a much longer season of interest. Even without a single flower there is still colour! Provide full sun and good drainage. WE HAVE MOST OF THE OTHER COLOURS IN THIS SERIES. Agastache Kudos 'Gold' - Hummingbird Mint - Kudos 'Gold' is a long blooming, dwarf cultivar of Agastache with golden yellow flowers in large compact spikes atop compact plants with fragrant foliage. The Kudos Series are naturally dwarf hybrids of hummingbird mint or hyssop with excellent branching and downy mildew resistance. They bloom from June until September. They are best grown in hot, sunny spots but are tolerant of the wet, cold soils of a coastal BC winter as well as areas as cold as zone 5. WE HAVE MOST OF THE OTHER COLOURS IN THIS SERIES.

Agastache 'Bolero' - Hummingbird Mint - Agastache 'Bolero' flushes in spring with beautiful purple-red, fragrant foliage that slowly turns to green but not before the warm rose-purple flowers with purple sepals form and attract every hummingbird from miles around. This beauty will give you great foliage interest and long-lasting flowers.

Agastache 'Blue Boa' - Hummingbird Mint - Luxurious, deep, violet blue flower spikes held over ultra green foliage. The flower spikes are long, wide and extremely showy. Great for summer colour. Compared to 'Blue Fortune', 'Blue Boa' has deeper violet blue flowers and wider flower spikes. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. The licorice-scented foliage is edible and good in salads. Excellent planted en masse in the perennial border or in the herb garden. Drought tolerant once established. Blooms from summer until frost.

Do it for the hummingbirds! These plants are all available now!

 


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