Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

August 15th, 2008

There are lots of flowers in bloom, but with the recent dry weather many of them are looking weary and parched. However. It’s hummingbird season here at Tangled Branches! Let’s focus on hummingbird favorites for August’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Maybe this will be the year I get a good photo of a hummingbird.

I’ve never seen a hummingbird ignore a Cuphea so I just keep adding more Cupheas. They seem to prefer Cuphea llavea ‘Tiny Mice’.

Cuphea llavea ‘Tiny Mice’

But they visit all the Cupheas.

Cuphea ignea


Cuphea ‘Totally Tempted’


Cuphea ‘David Verrity’


Cuphea ‘Summer Medley’
this is just one of several colors in the mix


Cuphea laevis

Last year I learned that hummingbirds like Coleus flowers, and Blackswamp Girl mentioned that she thinks Coleus flowers look better on dark-colored Coleus. I think she’s right.

The dark-leaved Coleus is ‘Palisandra’
and the chartreuse-leaved one is ‘Pineapple Wizard’

I was hoping the hummers would like this Celosia and as of today, I know they do. ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ is indeed an amazon. I planted these in several places to find out where they grow best and the tallest ones are about 6 feet tall. Those get a bit of afternoon shade, but where they’re in full sun, they’re not quite that tall. The small (for a Celosia) magenta-pink flowers are the hummingbird draw, but the burgundy and green leaves look good while you’re waiting for the flowers and the birds.

These are the tops of the tallest ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ Celosias,
along with ‘Red Shield’ Hibiscus.
I liked the combination until the Celosia bloomed.


Burgundy and green foliage of ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ Celosia

Other hummingbird plants in bloom at Tangled Branches South are:
Verbena bonariensis
Monarda citriodora
Lantana ‘Dallas Red’
Lonicera sempervirens ‘Leo’ (Coral Honeysuckle)

The rest of the Bloom Day list for Tangled Branches South:
Thai Red Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Mexican Mint Marigold (Tagetes lucida)
Salvia patens
Lavender ‘Ellagance Sky Blue’ and ‘Munstead’
Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’
Rue (rebloom)
Bronze Fennel (just a few flowers left)
Salvia farinacea ‘Evolution’ and ‘Strata’
Achillea ‘Summer Berries’ (rebloom)
Garlic Chives
Variegated Lemon Thyme
English Broadleaf Thyme
various Basils
Origanum vulgare
Sweet Marjoram
Chrysanthemum carinatum
Celosia ‘Sylphid’
Dill ‘Vierling’ (just a few flowers left)
Rosemary (I didn’t think this was its blooming season)
Petunia ‘Balcony’ and ‘Dolce Flambe’
Calamintha nepeta
Agastache foeniculum ‘Golden Jubilee’ (and the plain green-leaved species too)
Verbena hastata ‘Pink Spires’ (just a few flowers left)
Dianthus ‘Rainbow Loveliness’ (reblooming after being cut back hard)
Nepeta transcaucasica ‘Blue Infinity’ (I don’t think much of this, but no critters eat it, ever)
Origanum heracleoticum
Eupatorium purpureum
and a few straggly Violas

It was pouring down rain (yay!) when I left Tangled Branches North. That list will have to wait until next week.

I wish it would rain here at Tangled Branches South, so I’d have more time to look at all the lovely flowers blooming elsewhere on this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

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