Ten Thumbs, All Brown
December 7, 2013 1:59 PM Subscribe
Perennial, beautiful flowers that attract hummingbirds, in hanging baskets, that would thrive in Los Angeles, California, Southern exposure, full sun 5-6 hours - is there such a thing in the plant kingdom?
posted by VikingSword to Home & Garden (9 answers total)
Unfortunately, I'm all thumbs and all brown, when it comes to plants, as is my wife. It is not for lack of effort or scientific inquiry, just a metaphysical incompatibility. Try hard as we might - very, very hard - plants die, except a few military grade cactuses.
Like Hannibal launching yet another doomed expedition against Rome, we're making another attempt growing something. This time, not even for ourselves, but in service of the greater good of the animal kingdom.
We've had hummingbird feeders hanging from our windows for close to 10 years now - a very successful program. However, we feel another war coming - we'd like to hang some baskets with flowers next to the feeders. Location: Los Angeles, CA, Southern exposure - full sun, 5-6 hours.
I've done some googling about suitable plants, but nothing seems to hit the spot as far as fulfilling all the conditions - there is always something that's missing. So I'm appealing to the greatest gardenign strategists and plant warriors for advice. What plant can we get that:
1)Has flowers that attract hummingbirds - if beautiful to the human eye, that's a fabulous bonus.
2)Perennial - it would be grand if it kept growing ever more as time passes; it's a drag to keep having to plant something new, especially in view of the brown thumb problem.
3)Hanging basket - it's welcome to overflow the basket, or however else it wants to grow, but it must be in a hanging basket
4)Southern exposure Los Angeles California - full sun, 5-6 hours
5)Feasible to obtain in Los Angeles California or neighboring counties - nothing I need to machete my way through the jungles of Java for.
6)Reasonably hardy - a plant that can survive our tender mercies - we are good at following directions about frequency of watering and adding nutrients, but... metaphysics and the inexplicable happens. So something that is strong against the evil spirits of The League of the Brown Thumbs.
Our hummingbirds are eagerly awaiting everyone's answers - and we join them in the background, expectantly.