The carefully curated Hummingbird Highrise native plant collection of perennials is designed to turn your porch, patio or garden into a haven for these captivating creatures. Whether you're looking to create an entire hummingbird sanctuary or just want to add a touch of vibrant color to your outdoor space, the Hummingbird Highrise collection has something for everyone.
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What makes Hummingbird Highrise Native Plants special?
Imagine being the architect of your very own Hummingbird Highrise – a botanical masterpiece that not only adds pops of pretty colors to your outdoor space but also attracts one of nature's most intriguing creatures, the hummingbird.
Native plants possess characteristics that make them particularly attractive to hummingbirds. First and foremost, their vibrant and vivid colors, often rich in reds, pinks, and purples, act as natural beacons for hummingbirds, who are drawn to these hues. Additionally, native flowers tend to have tubular shapes that perfectly accommodate a hummingbird's long, specialized bill, allowing for easy access to nectar. The nectar itself is a crucial factor, as native flowers produce a high-quality, energy-rich nectar that serves as a vital food source for these energetic birds.
The geographical and ecological alignment between native flowers and hummingbirds has evolved over time, creating a mutually beneficial relationship where the flowers depend on hummingbirds for pollination, while the birds rely on the nectar for sustenance. This intricate coevolution enhances the overall attractiveness of native flowers to hummingbirds, fostering a harmonious ecological balance.
Let’s meet the stars of the show - our Hummingbird Highrise native plant collection.
Pink Beardtongue (Penstemon australis)
The native plant Pink Beardtongue (Penstemon australis) is a charming perennial that captivates with its slender, tubular, pink-to-white blossoms, resembling the bristles of a delicate brush. Thriving in North American prairies and woodlands, this hardy plant is a favorite among gardeners for its low-maintenance appeal. Its tubular flowers are a magnet for pollinators, especially hummingbirds and bees, contributing to local ecosystems. Drought-tolerant and adaptable, Pink Beardtongue stands as a testament to the beauty and resilience of native flora in garden settings. Three key characteristics are:
Appearance: Pink Beardtongue is a vision of delicate elegance, standing at a height of 1-3 feet with slender spikes of tubular, trumpet-shaped flowers. Its distinctive pink hue adds a touch of softness to your garden landscape or patio, creating a harmonious blend with other flora.
Blooming Period: From April to July, your garden will be adorned with the Pink Beardtongue's enchanting blooms, providing a prolonged display of color throughout the spring and early summer.
Wildlife Attraction: This perennial beauty is not only a visual delight but also a hub of activity for wildlife. Butterflies, caterpillars, native bees, pollen specialist bees, bumblebees, and hummingbirds are drawn to its nectar-rich blossoms, creating a lively ecosystem in your garden.
Pink Beardtongue (Penstemon australis) plant specifications:
- Height: 1-3 feet
- Spread: 1 foot
- Blooms: April-July
- Attracts: Butterflies, Caterpillars, Native Bees, Pollen Specialist Bees, Bumblebees, Hummingbirds, Birds
Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea)
Step onto nature's red carpet with the Scarlet Sage, a showstopper that dazzles with its vibrant red blooms. A magnet for butterflies, native bees, bumblebees, birds, and, of course, hummingbirds. Its nectar-rich blossoms and long blooming period make it an essential pitstop for pollinators, adding life and energy to your outdoor space. As the seasons change, the Scarlet Sage stands resilient, a beacon of color that transforms your outdoor space. Three key characteristics are:
Appearance: Reaching heights of 1-3 feet and adorned with vibrant red blossoms, Scarlet Sage steals the spotlight. Its slender stems adorned with clusters of tubular flowers create a striking contrast against green foliage, making it a focal point in your outdoor space.
Blooming Period: Unlike many other plants, Scarlet Sage is a long-time performer, gracing your garden with its vibrant colors from February to October. This extended blooming period ensures your garden remains a vibrant and lively haven for an extended period.
Wildlife Attraction: Scarlet Sage is a magnet for various pollinators. Butterflies, native bees, bumblebees, birds, and, of course, hummingbirds can't resist the allure of its nectar-filled blossoms. Planting Scarlet Sage is not just a visual delight; it's a commitment to supporting local biodiversity.
Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea) plant specifications:
- Height: 1-3 feet
- Spread: 0.5-2 feet
- Blooms: February-October
- Attracts: Butterflies, Native Bees, Bumblebees, Birds, Hummingbirds
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
The stunning Cardinal Flower, with its vibrant red spikes, adds a touch of elegance to any garden. Its long blooming season ensures your garden remains a hub of activity for months. Three key characteristics are:
Appearance: Cardinal Flower is a striking plant that commands attention with its tall spikes of vibrant red flowers. Standing at a height of 2-4 feet, this perennial beauty adds a touch of grandeur to your garden. Its bold color and architectural form make it a standout feature.
Blooming Period: Enjoy the spectacle of the Cardinal Flower from July to October. This extended flowering season ensures that your garden remains a focal point of interest throughout the late summer and into the fall.
Wildlife Attraction: Butterflies, caterpillars, native bees, and hummingbirds are among the many visitors that the Cardinal Flower attracts. With its tall spikes and brilliant red hues, it acts as a beacon, inviting these winged wonders to dance among its blossoms.
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) plant specifications:
- Height: 2-4 feet
- Spread: 1-2 feet
- Blooms: July-October
- Attracts: Butterflies, Caterpillars, Native Bees, Hummingbirds
With the Hummingbird Highrise collection from Garden for Wildlife, you're not just creating a visually stunning outdoor space, you're actively supporting wildlife conservation and minimizing your ecological footprint. It's a win-win for you and the environment.
We hope you're as excited as we are about the Hummingbird Highrise native plant collection. Get yours now and welcome a flutter of vibrant colors and the melodious hum of happy hummingbirds to your garden for wildlife.
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