Epilobium canum setting a banquet for hummingbirds, with Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ adding visual and movement interest. Other anchors are Muhlenbergia rigens, a groundcover ceanothus, Penstemon spectabilis, and Cercis occidentalis..
I’m inspired by the perennial gardens designed by Piet Ouldolf and while I have a lot to learn, I did aim to have something in bloom or in seed head at all times in this garden. There’s always something with interesting color or texture contrasts, rainy season or dry season.
Not the best picture but it is done through a storm lashed window.
Our hummingbirds got 1 firmly secured feeder to get through a hurricane and they're braving winds and rain to have some nectar. They hunker down when it gets bad and come to eat when they feel it is safe.
Just seeing them hovering near windows keeps our spirits high. Now I love them even more!
Is there a better garden aroma than agastache?? 🌿 I planted these ‘Apricot Sunrise’ hyssop right in the center of my garden where all of the paths meet so that no matter which way you’re going, you’ll be treated to it’s wonderful minty licorice scent. 🍑🌞
We went out of town, breathed a little fresh air. Of course I stopped to take pictures of the flowers. I love this texture/ color combo. I will be making cuttings soon of my plants so I can try it next year.
I’m just rolling with the Monday blues theme.. this is Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’. It’s one of those plants that people just don’t know about but once they know it they love it forever. This client is so thrilled with the hummingbird activity, you can’t keep them away from this plant. (The hummingbirds I mean, not the clients 😂) Most pollinators like sages, however with the long tubular shape of these flowers it’s difficult for some insects to access that delicious nectar, including bees. Bumblebees will often chew a hole right through the calyx at the base of the flower allowing access and honeybees will utilize the pre-chewed hole for an easy snack. This particular salvia does require regular irrigation but if you site it properly it will reward you with an effortlessly constant show of flowers and a nearly constant stream of visiting pollinators.
Here in the Connecticut zone 6 garden it’s treated as an annual, there was one mild winter that it actually survived in my yard but it was pure luck, I started with a monster 3 gallon sized plant and I installed it on a south foundation that absorbed heat from the sun all winter. It was somewhat protected and just warm enough for it to survive. That’ll probably never happen again.. 😬🌿
In southern climates this plant has a tendency to run and become rather invasive, there are specific cultivars and hybrids suited to your local area. In Texas the preferred cultivar is called ‘Amistad’, it usually survives winter there without a problem and the flowers are a little more violet than blue. I believe that is a cross between S. guaranitica and S. gesneriflora but I’m no expert. All I know is that this plant is a welcome addition in any of my gardens and I think you’d like it too. #plantgeekery#theyactuallypaymeforthis#imsolucky#plantsplantsandmoreplants#salviablackandblue#salvia#guaranitica#sage#pollinatorgarden#blueflowers#mondayblues#beesloveit#hummingbirdgarden#happyplants#happyclients#happygardener#avonct#talcottmountain#smartyplants