<---Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis). Favored by hummingbirds and through-the-window-birdwatching cats.
Left foreground, Firebush (Hamelia patens), beloved by hummingbirds and butterflies. On the right is American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), seen close-up in the next picture. And yes, the cardinals, wrens, mockingbirds, robins, eastern phoebe, jays, etc. love it.
Waiting for the birds...
It looks bare, but unseen seeds will grow into Standing cypress, with red blooms like little upraised trumpets, and hummingbirds will go to war to claim the patch.
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