Southern Arizona is a paradise for birdwatchers, and particularly for hummingbird enthusiasts. This region is home to most of the species of hummingbirds found in the U.S. Tucson in particular is an area that hummingbird lovers flock to, and you can reliably find many notable species, including the Costa’s hummingbird, in this area. You might not even have to go out on a nature walk to enjoy the beauty and grace of hummingbirds if you plant a desert garden that attracts them. As a rule of thumb, choose plants that feature long, tubular flowers that are reddish to orange in color.
Hummingbirds love this small evergreen shrub. It typically grows about two to three feet tall and wide. Autumn sage features one-inch long blooms that range in color from pink to red to purple to orange to yellow. You can plant these shrubs in large containers in the spring or fall. Place them in an area where they will receive morning sunlight, yet be shielded from the harsh afternoon sun. Autumn sage should be pruned each year, and the dead flowers should be pinched off to encourage new growth.
Chuparosas are beautiful, lanky plants that hummingbirds adore. The chuparosa features spindly branches and long, tubular flowers that bloom almost all year-round. Most chuparosas have red flowers, although you might occasionally find one with yellow or orange blooms. Chuparosas are also quite easy to grow. They are tolerant of drought, harsh sun, and even poor soil.
Fairy dusters are delightfully named evergreen shrubs with puffy blooms that vaguely resemble feather dusters. A fairy duster will grow to about three feet tall and two feet wide. It’s not a fast grower, but it is a perennial. You should plant fairy dusters in full sun for best results. Once they are established, fairy dusters require little care.
Complete Landscaping can help you beautify your outdoor space. We can design, install, and maintain gorgeous landscapes that fit your aesthetic preferences and attract ideal wildlife. Call our office in Tucson at (520) 323-8918 to discuss your vision for your outdoor space.