Hummingbird Attracting Collection for the West



Enjoy watching hummingbirds flit from flower to flower all summer long. This collection is best suited for the dryer growing conditions of the west and full sun. Choice of 5 or 15 plants. Save $5-15 off the single plant price!

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Zones 6 - 9
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring through early fall
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Hummingbird Attracting Collection for the west will provide ample nectar to draw hummingbirds to your garden all season. These plants are perfectly suited for western gardens. Two sizes available - 5 plants (1 of each) or 15 plants (3 of each): Penstemon Elfin Pink, Agastache Ava, Agastache rupestirs Glowing Embers, Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain, Salvia greggii Cold Hardy Pink. Cold hardy through zone 5b, but you must mulch the Salvia greggii in fall while it gets established. We reserve the right to substitute a plant with similar attributes.

*Does not include planting map

Associated SKUs
HBLX605 (Collection of 5)
HBLX615 (Collection of 15) - Out of stock.
Common Name Hummingbird Attracting Collection for the West
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink, Red
Mature Height Penstemon barbatus Elfin Pink: 24" tall
Agastache Ava: 48-60" tall
Agastache rupestris Glowing Embers®: 24-26" tall
Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain: 24-36" tall
Salvia greggii Cold Hardy Pink:18-20" tall
Mature Spread Penstemon barbatus Elfin Pink: 15" wide
Agastache Ava: 24" wide
Agastache rupestris Glowing Embers®: 24-28" wide
Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain: 15" wide
Salvia greggii Cold Hardy Pink:18-24" wide
Bloom Time Late spring through early fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Native
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips for growing Agastache

Agastache are sun loving plants with aromatic foliage and flowers. They bloom from mid-summer into early fall and are resistant to rabbits and deer.

Agastache need lean, well-drained soils, prefer gravel mulches, and appreciate deep but infrequent watering after their second growing season

  1. Provide a fast draining soil that's naturally low in fertility, Don't plant into clay soils.
  2. Plant in full hot sun.
  3. Just a few handfuls of compost in the planting hole is enough. Don't plant into a rich, highly amended soil..
  4. Fertilize the Agastache just once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.
  5. New transplants need regular irrigation their first growing season to establish themselves. Watering can be reduced greatly during the second growing season when the plants have matured.

To improve winter-hardiness, and encourage re-seeding, leave the stems intact over the winter. In mid-spring, remove old stems just above the new foliage, about 4 or 5 inches above ground level.

If your conditions don't lend themselves to growing Agastache in your garden, they do well planted in containers.

More in-depth guidance for growing Agastache: Agastache Growing Tips, Agastache: Super-Stars of the Perennial World Part 1, and Agastache: Super-Stars of the Perennial World Part II.

Tips for growing Penstemon (Beardtongue)

Penstemon are generally evergreen and have beautiful flowers that are very attractive to hummingbirds. Most varieties are rabbit resistant.

  1. They need “elbow room,” maximum sun, heat and don’t like to be crowded by other plants.
  2. Plant only in well-drained soils; clay soils and Penstemon are incompatible.
  3. Avoid overly enriched soils; too much compost and fertilizer will shorten their lifespan.
  4. They establish quickly and the amount and frequency of watering needs to be reduced after about 8 to 10 weeks to create dry conditions.
  5. When using drip irrigation, be sure to put the emitter off to the side of the plant, not right on top of the root ball to avoid overwatering the plant.
  6. Plant high, leaving the top of the rootball just above the surrounding soil to avoid burying the crown of the plant.
  7. Mulch with gravel or pine needles in arid climates. No mulch is needed where conditions are moister. Always avoid bark, grass clippings, or compost as mulch materials.
  8. Allow some of the plants to set seed (don't deadhead all of the flower spikes)*.
  9. Fertilize sparingly. One time each year in the fall is enough. Apply a light application of an organic or natural fertilizer such as Yum Yum Mix as a top dressing around the plants. Don't use high nitrogen water soluble fertilizer like Miracle Gro

*To keep penstemon that have finely textured or matted evergreen foliage looking their best, you'll want to 'deadhead" them. Shear off the fading flowering spikes just as the plant is going out of flower. Gently bunch the flower spikes together with one hand and cut them off at the point where they go down into the mat of foliage with your clipper in your other hand. Recommended for the following varieties: P. pinifolius types (‘Compactum', ‘Mersea Yellow', ‘Nearly Red', ‘Magdalena Sunshine' and ‘Tall Orange Mix'), as well as Penstemon linarioides v. coloradensis and Penstemon virens ('Blue Lips').

More in-depth guidance for growing Penstemon: Watch our video: How To Plant Penstemon or read articles: Growing Penstemon, Penstemon for the Waterwise Garden, David’s Favorite Plants: Pineleaf Beardtongue, The Beardtongue Family: Penstemania for Penstemon and The Genus Penstemon: The Royalty of American Wildflowers The Genus Penstemon: The Royalty of American Wildflowers (Part 2).

Planting and Caring for Pre-Planned Gardens & Collections

Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll grow quickly and cover the space shown in the planting map. (Maps included only with Pre-Planned Gardens, not Collections.)

Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)

Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.


Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouse in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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This garden keeps going!


from Colorado Springs, CO

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Hummingbird Attracting Collection for the West:

    I planted this garden two years ago. It's in a strip along the side that gets sun all day and very little water from the sprinklers. I only had one plant that didn't make it after the first summer, but it doesn't matter! I've gotten 8 baby plants this summer. Paying attention to the 'weeds' I'm pulling has allowed me to fill in the empty spots. I've had to start moving new plants to other gardens around my house. Highly recommended! (And I do have a resident hummingbird that loves this garden.)

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Hummingbird Attracting Collection for the West:

      I was disappointed with the size and condition of this collection the moment I opened the box. Three of one kind were obviously not going to make it and I called to report this. I was advised that they might just be dormant and to plant them anyway. I know dormant and I know dead and I mentioned that. Planted them...and they were indeed dead. Not happy! Regarding the rest of the collection, they survived their transplanting and the summer. We'll see if they make it back in the spring.

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      Gorgeous Collection


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          Comments about High Country Gardens Hummingbird Attracting Collection for the West:

          While a few of the plants in the collection that I received are different than the plants listed now, this collection is perfection! The penstemon were very slow to start, but after a couple of months they exploded. The agastache and lamb's ear took off from the minute they were planted. I planted the collection in early May and all of the plants were flowering abundantly by the end of June. We've had hummingbirds and butterflies visit our yard regularly. The plants seem to have established quickly and survive on limited rainfall; it's now the end of July and I think I only watered them twice this month.

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          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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