Tag Archives: Hummingbirds

Hibiscus

Hibiscus adds a tropical flair to your Sunnyvale garden. It is a bushy, evergreen shrub or small tree growing 8 to 16 ft tall and 5 to 10 ft wide, with glossy leaves and solitary, brilliant red flowers in summer and autumn. The 5-petaled flowers are 4 inch in diameter, with prominent orange-tipped red anthers. Provide the plants with at …

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Salvia – Hot Lips

Autumn Sage, Salvia x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’   Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info) Species: x jamensis Cultivar: Hot Lips   Synonym:Salvia microphylla   Category: Tropicals and Tender Perennials   Height: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)   Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)   Hardiness: USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: …

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Cleome – Senorita Rosalita

Spider Flower, Spider Legs, Grandfather’s Whiskers, Cleome houtteana   Family: Cleomaceae Genus: Cleome (klee-OH-me) (Info) Species: houtteana (hoot-AH-na) (Info)   Synonym:Cleome hassleriana Synonym:Cleome sesquiorygalis Synonym:Tarenaya hassleriana Synonym:Cleome spinosa Synonym:Neocleome spinosa   Category: Annuals   Height: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)   Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)   Hardiness: Not Applicable   Sun Exposure: Full Sun   Danger: Plant has spines or …

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Pentas – Scarlet Red

Pentas are tropical blooming plants. When you know how to grow Pentas, you have a foolproof way of attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, too.

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Abutilon – Lucky Lantern Red

Various species within the genus Abutilon, including plants commonly referred to as flowering maple, Chinese lantern, Chinese bell flower and collectively as abutilon, are evergreen shrubs enjoyed for their maple-like leaves and bell-like, pendulous flowers. Hardiness varies by species, but most survive up to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 8 or 9, and some cultivars are grown as …

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Cerinthe – Blue Honeywort

Honeywort, Blue Shrimp Plant, Blue Wax Flower, Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’.  This plant is attractive to butterflies, birds, and bees. The word “honeywort” means a plant that produces a lot of honey. Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater   Family: Boraginaceae Genus: Cerinthe (ser-IN-thee) (Info) Species: major (MAY-jor) (Info) Cultivar: Purpurascens Additional cultivar information: (aka Purpurescens)   Synonym:Cerinthe major …

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Penstamon – Purple

Penstemon is a western United States native that has colorful tubular flowers on tall spikes. This prairie plant thrives in hot, sunny conditions and is a stunning addition to wildflower plantings. Another common name is beardtongue. About This Plant Penstemon forms dense spikes of tubular flowers in early to mid summer. Flower colors include pink, blue, red, purple, and white. …

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Salvia – Blue Hills

Salvia × sylvestris ‘Blauhügel’ BLUE HILL. This salvia cultivar is a compact plant which typically grows only to 20″ tall. Features densely-flowered, spike-like racemes of pure blue flowers which bloom in June and continue throughout the summer. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. A mint family member which has narrow, dark green, basal leaves (to 5″) and smaller stem …

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Red Trumpet Vine

Red Trumpet vine has lots of pretty red flowers. I am warning you that it is an aggressive climber. You can see an example at the intersection of Matilda and Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road. Another example is on the south side of Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road past Fremont just past the Falefal-stop restaurant. I have a plant growing in a 3-inch wide trench and …

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Columbine

Intense, dark rosy pink outer petals contrast beautifully with white centers on 2” wide, long-spurred blooms. Makes a great cut flower! Its vigorous upright, airy habit make it a nice addition to woodland gardens, sunny rock gardens, and cottage gardens. 2’x2’ when in bloom, with flowers borne on tall branching stems held about 1’ above showy, lacy foliage. Like its …

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