Turn up the color in your garden with the long-lasting blooms of hummingbird mint. Purple flowers open all summer long, beckoning hummingbirds and a host of other pollinators. Plants are drought tolerant once established. Hardy in Zones 5-10. Botanical name: Agastache ‘Blue Boa’
My grandmother’s garden lit up late every afternoon and through the night with fragrant four o’clocks (Mirabilis jalopa), which Thomas Jefferson grew and called “the marvel of Peru.” Its big seeds are easy to save, and in the late afternoon hummingbirds gorge on them, followed by giant hovering sphinx moths at night.
This charming wildflower garden will be loved by the nectar-gatherers in your neighborhood. White shasta daisies are framed by red bee balm and red dwarf coreopsis and create a bright, cheerful planting.
Brightly colored stripes on the rug visually pull you into this eclectic living room. The arrangement is sparse but sophisticated and comfortable, with mixed armchairs, a simple coffee table and neutral sofa.
The vast terrace of this penthouse apartment in New York City has been planted with mature fruit trees and an herb garden, and it houses an open air dining room. It's easy to see why it's a favorite pilgrimage for hummingbirds.
The 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase home includes a purple rooftop terrace with a nearly 180-degree view of San Francisco's top sights. Landscape architect Chih-Wei G.V. Chang added purple walls lined by pollinator friendly flowers to invite hummingbirds and bees to share in the view.
The Cloud Terrace at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase offers a nearly 180-degree view of San Francisco's top sights, including San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Landscape architect Chih-Wei G.V. Chang added purple walls lined by pollinator friendly flowers to invite hummingbirds and bees to share in the otherwise private view.
This small urban landscape design for the entry of a 1920s hillside house incorporates an eclectic mix of plantings with contemporary hardscape design using bluestone and pebbles. A custom-designed interpretation of the old carriage house doors updated the look while respecting the integrity of the architecture. The space is completed by a fountain which provides a welcoming presence for people as well as hummingbirds.
Sandpapery leaves on lantana help give Japanese beetles the brush-off. The insects tend to leave this flowering annual alone. Butterflies, bees and other pollinator insects, however, flock to the brightly tinted blooms. It’s a great plant to include in a butterfly or hummingbird garden.
Why we love it: If you only have room for one summer flowering shrub, choose this one. The flower spikes release a sweet fragrance and butterflies, hummingbirds and other insects mob the blooms. Leaves turn gold hues in fall.
Grow pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) as an annual shrub in all but warmest zones. It flowers late in the season, but the red blossoms are worth the wait. They beckon hummingbirds heading south for the winter and also carry a lovely pineapple flavor. Leaves are flavorful, too, with tender young leaves packing the best aroma and taste. Use pineapple sage in water, lemonade, punch or tea.
A pretty perennial in Zones 4 to 9, anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) brings a pop of purple to the garden. The eye-catching blooms are pollinator magnets, attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Harvest leaves or purple petals to flavor teas and water. You can use either leaves or flowers fresh or dried. Anise hyssop thrives in full sun in well-drained soil.
Also known as torch lily, this drought tolerant perennial sends up flaming flower torches in shades of coral and yellow from early to late summer. A hummingbird favorite, ‘Fire Dance’ fits easily into small gardens, growing to 20 inches high and wide. This is also the hardiest red hot poker. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Botanical name: Kniphofia hirsuta ‘Fire Dance’