Phlox are perennial herbaceous border plants that are hardy and simple to grow. Because they have strong stems, even the taller varieties rarely require staking. They are pest and disease resistant and can be left in the garden for years.
Agastache, also known as Hummingbird Mint or Hyssop, is a fragrant, long-blooming perennial. These are must-have plants for water-wise landscapes with lots of flowers and pollinators.
Scarlet runner bean plants, also known as fire bean, mammoth, red giant, and scarlet emperor, are vigorous climbing annual vines that can reach heights of 20 feet (6 meters) in a single season. From July to October, this annual bean vine produces large, green leaves and an attractive cluster of red flowers.
Penstemon plants are related to snapdragons and are available in a wide range of cultivated colors for the home gardener. Hummingbirds spend their nesting season at the Penstemon snack bar, and the flowers are perfectly shaped to accommodate them.
Weigelas are easy-to-grow deciduous shrubs that flower in late spring to early summer and combine with evergreen shrubs to provide a backdrop for later-flowering plants. Bees love their trumpet-like flowers, which come in whites, pinks, reds, purples, and yellows.
Hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and moths are among the most frequent visitors to the garden. These visitors have the long tongues needed to reach the nectar of tubular flowers. Bee balm is a favorite plant of bumblebees in particular.
In the summer garden, salvias (ornamental sage) are a must. They come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, and their nectar-rich flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects. They bloom for months, often from midsummer to the first frosts, and many have aromatic foliage as well.
Cuphea is a low-maintenance annual that blooms without needing to be deadheaded from late spring to frost. While the flowers on this plant are small in size, they make up for it in quantity. Another advantage is that Cuphea has become more widely available in garden centers in recent years, so finding it is usually not a problem.
The fuchsia flower is distinguished by its distinctive shape and colors, which include vibrant pink, purple, and red. Its blooms are tubular in shape, with petals that flare out at the top. Long sepals on fuchsia flowers add to the flower's distinctive appearance.