Arbor Gate's Picks of the Month
Hummingbird Bush or Firebush
Hamelia patens – This large shrub/small tree is native to Mexico, but thrives in this area. It is root hardy, and will make a 4′-5′ mound in one summer. It is VERY drought-tolerant and thrives in any soil as long as it has good drainage. The orange/red flowers are profuse from late spring until frost. Amazing fall color! Full sun. Hummingbirds!.