Blooming Now: Ten Perennials to Tempt Hummingbirds and their Friends

Coneflower

#1: Coneflower

Greetings friends! Today we want to share a few photos of plants in our nursery that will attract birds, butterflies and bees to your garden. Here’s our top ten picks for sun-loving perennials that are blooming now and sure to bring a little wildlife into your flower beds.

Yarrow

#2: Yarrow

Penstemon

#3: Penstemon

Delphinium

#4: Delphinium

Coreopsis

#5: Coreopsis

Russian Sage

#6: Russian Sage

Rudbeckia

#7: Rudbeckia

Agapanthus

#8: Agapanthus

#9: Centranthus

#9: Centranthus

#10: Crocosmia

#10: Crocosmia

We’ve already had lots of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees in the nursery sampling these. We weren’t fast enough to catch a picture of the hummingbirds, but if you do, please send us a photo! For more suggestions on wildlife friendly plants including those for shade, just stop by the nursery.

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One Tough Cookie: Plants that Can Take the Heat

Ah summer, the long lazy days, the barbecues with friends, the iced tea on the patio, that sad bergenia wilting in the afternoon sunlight…

Despite our reputation for rain, many of us have spots in our yard that will be blasted with light and heat over the next few months. We’ve put together a list of some low-water use perennials in our nursery that can take the heat!

Coneflowers are excellent garden performers. Attractive to butterflies and other wildlife, they are disease resistant and easy to grow. Their main requirement is that they be placed somewhere high and dry. They do not like to sit in puddles!

(img. courtesy of T & L Nursery) Echninacea ‘Solar Flare’ is our current favorite. Bright, tropical red petals and a tidy mound of foliage make it a statement piece in your garden. Coneflowers will bloom from now to frost, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy this delightful specimen.

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Euphorbia are reliable plants in any low-water use plantings. They come in a variety of shapes and forms, and are a truly heat resistant. As an added bonus, they have a milky white sap that is repellant to deer and other garden-munching critters.

For those of you who are in need of some feathery purple-green foliage, meet your new best friend: Euphorbia cyparissias. ‘Fen’s Ruby’ mounds beautifully and is a vigorous spreader so think carefully before you plant it.

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Many of you are familiar with and already grow several varieties of sedum. Lewisia is a stunning companion plant to sedums in the garden or in a container.

(img. courtesy of T & L Nursery) You’ll love the deep green whorls of evergreen foliage on Lewisia. With bright pink, orange, white, apricot and yellow blossoms that bloom all summer and into the autumn, this little plant earns its place.

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 Are you growing any Penstemon in your garden? Once established this perennial is drought-tolerant. But what we should really discuss are the blooms…

(img. courtesy of T & L Nursery) Tubular in shape, and oh so attractive to hummingbirds, the brilliant red blooms of Penstemon barbatus ‘Riding Hood Hot Red’ brings color and wildlife to your garden.

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Have you grown a Hardy Geranium? If not, we should really talk. These beauties bloom all summer and are a great choice for full sun in Western Washington.

(img. courtesy of T & L Nursery) ‘Johnson’s Blue’ has true blue flowers with finely cut leaves. Bellissima!

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Finally, let’s talk hyssop. Specifically, Agastache ‘Apricot Nectar’. Gorgeous orange blooms on silvery-grey foliage. Agastache doesn’t need fertile soil, or even much water once it’s grown in.

There are so many choices for the gardener interested in a low-water use, high heat plantings. We haven’t even mentioned Monarda, or Perovskia or any of the Salvias….we could go on. We hope this post gives you a little inspiration, and we’ll have plenty more suggestions for you anytime you’d like to stop by.

A very special thanks to T & L Nursery for the use of their beautiful  photographs!