My hummer garden is in full bloom (mostly) now so I figured I would snap a few pics and list some of the highlighted plants in this garden. The garden is in the front of the house in front of our picture window which allows easy hummingbird viewing (when the crocosmia isn't crowding over everything).
In this photo, I have Crocosma 'Lucifer', Monarda 'Raspberry Wine', Agastache aurantiaca 'Shades of Orange' (the silvery foliage plant in the front), Salvia 'Ultra Violet' (in front between the Agastache aurantiaca), Salvia 'Fuhrman's Red', Salvia 'Maraschino' (in the far back middle up against the window, you can see a few tiny flowers peaking up, most are spent from the 100 degree temps we had last week), purple coneflower, volunteer Agastaches (on the far right front), and Agastache 'Desert Sunrise', Agastache cana 'Rosita' and Agastache cana in the middle under the Crocosmia (which I will cut back somewhat when it is done blooming). Crocosmia is a great hummer plant for me, I just wish it wasn't so top heavy and cascading. I have it staked up multiple times but to no avail.
I was going for the informal cottage garden look. Plus, I have a small garden space so I try to make the most of it. Our soil is very rocky and hard to work (all my veggie gardens are raised beds for that purpose). So far, everything in this garden has overwintered for me in Zone 6.
Here is a second pic taken further to the left with more Crocosmia showing. To the far left in that photo is perennial oregano (a great bee and butterfly plant) along with Hyssop (also great for bees). There is a white flowered coneflower under the left side of the crocosmia clump along with a Zauschneria garrettii. It is always fun to see where the hummers are in this garden, they can maneuver in and around all the blooms pretty easy...which always amazes me!
When the hummingbirds aren't in this front garden, they are usually in the backyard enjoying the apricot-colored trumpet vine, Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' (patio container) or the Salvia coccinea/Honey Melon sage (also in a patio container).
Honeymelon Sage (from Sweet Nectar Nursery) and Salvia coccinea
Close up of Honeymelon Sage (blooms start out scarlet and fade to pink in the heat)
Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' (not as spectacular as last year, but still tons of blooms from four plants)
Finally, a honeybee getting nectar at Salvia coccinea
Hope you enjoyed the tour!