A smattering of hummingbird-friendly perennials

Agastache, 'Kudos Coral'I mentioned in the last post that we are going to be overhauling the rock garden by removing the weeds, pachysandra and vinca and turning it into a hummingbird/pollinator garden, instead. Well, that hasn’t happened yet. A certain retaining wall jumped the line (more on that later) but since we’d already removed the daylilies from a portion of that garden, there was room for some hummingbird-friendly perennials to be tucked in. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you about all the wonderful flowering plants that hummingbirds are attracted to; chances are, you’ve got a handful of them in your garden right now! In fact, if you feel like sharing, please tell me what kinds are your favorites because I’m always keen to add more. Anywho, we’ve grown the usual suspects over the years, but this season I am trying some new-to-me perennials that our hummingbirds are going bonkers for. When the rock wall is weeded and ready to be planted out, hopefully sometime by the next millenium, I plan to add more. The awesome thing about these specific perennials is that they grow just dandy in poor soil, something we are not in short supply of here.

Agastache 'Kudos Coral'This is Agastache ‘Kudos Coral’ It hasn’t stopped blooming since I planted it last April.

Agastache aurantiaca, 'Tango'Another Agastache, this one is ‘Tango’. I love the minty scent the leaves give off, and I think they look pretty even when not in bloom. Agastache is a short-lived perennial, but I’m hoping our milder climate will encourage their longevity.

Agastache, 'Black Adder'Wait, what? Another Agastache? Yes, I’m becoming a bit obsessed over these little plants. This one is ‘Black Adder’. I love the dark blue blossoms on this one.

Agastache, 'Purple Haze'And another: Agastache ‘Purple Haze’

I’ve got a problem.

Caryopteris, 'Dark Knight'Switching gears now to Caryopteris ‘Dark Knight’. I love the soft tufts of blue flowers and attractive foliage. Admittedly, this is more of a bee-friendly than hummingbird-friendly plant, but you can really never have too much of those, right?

Physostegia virginiana, 'Pink Manners'Physotegia ‘Pink Manners’ Pretty much anything that has tiny wings went banana sandwich over this native perennial whilst it was in bloom. ‘Pink Manners’ was bred to be less of a thug and stay put, hence the name.

Salvia greggii, 'Hot Lips'The winner for Most Beloved by Hummingbirds goes to this Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ which is another one that has been blooming non-stop since April. ‘Hot Lips’ blooms in shades of red and white and produces smatterings of flowers in here’s and there’s but refreshes itself frequently enough that there’s always nectar available for the hummingbirds. I liked it so much that I added another Salvia, ‘ Wild Thing’ and that, along with my go-to Penstemon ‘Red Rocks’ and ‘Pikes Peak Purple’ can be seen below along with Helenium ‘Piñata Salsa’

Salvia, 'Hot Lips'

Penstemon, 'Peak Purple'

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6 thoughts on “A smattering of hummingbird-friendly perennials

  1. Hi Laurie, love the Agastache purple haze, I’ve tried others and am growing a white one from seed but the black adder seems to be strongest here, I do love them, we don’t get the hummingbirds sadly but the bees and butterflies love them.

    1. Hi Kate! I’m so pleased to hear you say that the black adder is your strongest because I think that’s my favorite one. 🙂 Sadly, we don’t have very many bees here but I’m hoping to rectify that problem, at least in our little corner of the woods. Thank you for your visit!

  2. Beautiful photos of beautiful flowers! I have had great luck with my Agastache that I grew from seed this year, Giant Hyssop from Parks. I grew Tango last year from a local grower and it died before the end of the summer. I love all the varieties you are growing, I’ll have to give some of them a try.

  3. I had my eye on Agastache “Black Adder”, but couldn’t find the right spot for it yet. I wanted to ask about the Austin Rose Jubilee Celebration, which you wrote about from your previous garden. Curious if you still have it or would you recommend it? I’m thinking about adding several next year – would love to get your thoughts/advice about that rose and what your experience has been growing it. Sorry to change the topic from perennials to roses, can’t help it! Thanks!

    1. Hi Cole! You can change the subject to roses anytime you’d like! 😉
      I actually have never grown Jubilee Celebration. I think you’re thinking of the rose I grew called, Royal Jubilee? If you meant RJ and not JC, then I can tell you that RJ was not a very robust rose for me so, although the form of the blossoms was delicate and lovely, it would not be something I would choose again. Hope that helps!

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