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    Dear Friends and Valued Customers, Greener Side of Life, and its employees, have moved and merged with our Eugene store. The name of that store is Eugene Garden and Harvest [...]

Many bird species will soon begin their winter migrations, this also includes hummingbirds who fly south to South America on a very long journey. Give them a helping hand by providing them with some food for their long journey whether it be suet, seed or sugar water.  Providing food may even allow many species to stick around for the winter! How to Attract Hummingbirds Hummingbirds can be found in a wide variety of environments in the New World, from the high Andes (over 4000 m.) to lowlands, and from dry desert areas [...]

Hummingbird Flowers - The Best 18 Plant Families for Natural Nectar This is Nature's way. Keep something in bloom continuously during the time hummingbirds are expected in your area. Native plants are a good place to start, but don't limit yourself. Much effort has gone into developing flowers that hummers love! Hummingbird favorites usually but not always have long, tubular blossoms that are red, orange, yellow or blue, especially blue Salvia species; the shape limits insect access to the nectar inside. Hummers like blossoms with lots of concentrated nectar, preferring sucrose. We've [...]

Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Mexico to Argentina, the yellow trumpetbush has been cultivated across the southern United States. It can be found in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas and Florida. In more northern locations it can be grown as an annual or in containers that can be brought inside during the winter months. Yellow trumpetbush is known for the stunning bright yellow trumpet shaped flowers it produces. The clusters of flowers are pleasingly fragrant, attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. It blossoms throughout the year, but produces most heavily from [...]

Growing salvia is something every gardener should try. Learning how to grow salvia and how to take care of salvia plants provides the gardener with a wide range of sights and smells, as there are many different types of salvia. Find out about the different salvia plant types and choose the one that appeals to your senses for the bare spot in the garden. Salvia Plant Types for the Garden Blooms of most salvia plants are long lasting and attract butterflies and pollinators, which are always good for the garden. Salvia plant [...]

Native to hills and mountain regions of California, there are a couple hundred species of Penstemon plants. Penstemon is a highly attractive and popular flowering plant. Trumpet shaped blooms, on this perennial plant, come in white, red, pink, purple, and lavender. When in bloom, they will attract Hummingbirds to your yard and flower beds. The most popular variety of Penstemon grow two to three feet tall. They look good in beds and borders. Make sure to grow them within site from your window or deck, where you can watch the hummingbirds, as they visit [...]

Add bee balm to flower beds or an herb garden for life and color. Try growing bee balm in view of a window so you won’t miss the acrobatics of hummingbirds that visit in summer. Bee balm also attracts butterflies and bees. In a sunny field or meadow, let plants spread and multiply to create a blanket of color. Soil, Planting, and Care For prolific blooms, plant in full sun; in the South and Southwest a little afternoon shade helps flowers last longer. Picking the flowers encourages a second round of blooms. [...]

Honeysuckle vines are easy to grow, vigorous, heat-tolerant, and nearly indestructible. The flashy and fragrant flowers will attract hummingbirds and butterflies all summer long. The resulting fruit of the flowers will provide a fall treat for your local songbirds as well. The most common use is to allow Honeysuckle vines grow along a trellis, fence, arbor, or other framework, but Honeysuckle can also be grown without support as a ground cover or used for erosion control. The vines will bloom heavily in spring and to some extent throughout the summer. Many varieties [...]

The lobelia plant (Lobelia spp.) is an attractive annual herb with many varieties. Some of these even include biennial species. Lobelia is an easy-to-grow, carefree plant that enjoys cool weather. This summertime bloomer will continue to produce flowers on up through the first frost. Growing lobelia is an asset to the garden. Types & Uses of Lobelia Plants While there are numerous varieties of lobelia plants, only a few are commonly seen in the home garden—L. inflata (Indian tobacco), L. cardinalis (Cardinal flower), and L. siphilitica. Interesting enough, the name of Indian [...]

The stately flowers of the Torch Lily provide a dramatic display, when grown in a space where the entire plant is visible. Make this planting space directly in front of an evergreen background, or as a 'stand alone' specimen, and it is sure to turn heads. Red Hot Pokers are one of the favorite flowers for hummingbirds. Kniphofia uvaria is commonly known as a Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily or sometimes a Tritoma Depending on the variety, the flame colored flower spikes will reach 2-5 feet in height. The flower's coloring may [...]

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