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.
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’
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.
This bush-like plant thrives in medium and moist soils, grows up to five feet tall, and forms large flower clusters similar to lupine. Bees and hummingbirds flock to the cream, white and blue varieties of false indigo
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.
Hummingbird artwork and a pink rock crystal lamp are conversation pieces in this eclectic, feminine office space. A modern desk features a white lacquered top and a brass base that amps up the glam factor. The entire space is infused with the homeowner's personality.
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.
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.
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.
Elegant pink blossoms blanket Yuki Cherry Blossom deutzia in spring, transforming this rounded shrub into a hummingbird magnet. Deer-resistant deutzia grows 12-24 inches tall and wide. Use it as a ground cover, a slope stabilizer or pathway edging. Hardy in Zones 5-8.
A petite gold chair features a wildly feminine and romantic fur cushion, one of several lighthearted, eclectic touches in this glam home office space. A pink rock crystal lamp and bold hummingbird print add further drama, while yellow and gray draperies provide color at the windows.
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.
Dark bronze leaves paired with purplish-pink spring blooms give ‘Dark Horse’ Weigela florida head-turning good looks. Flowers beckon hummingbirds to plants that grow 36 inches tall and wide. This small weigela is versatile in the landscape. Use it as a short hedge, accent plant or mass planting. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
A pink rock crystal lamp teams with large-scale hummingbird artwork, setting the stage for an eclectic and playful home office. The space combines function and glamour with loads of fun color. The client's personality shines through the room in the form of fashion accessories from her own wardrobe, as well as framed playbills from some of her favorite shows.