Hummingbird/butterfly garden suggestions
I live in north georgia and have started a hummingbird/butterfly garden in my side yard. I have about 60' by 30' feet area dominated by a large southern red oak. The area gets all afternoon sun. I would like to utilize "hot" colors in this area because I have cool colors elsewhere. Hummers really liked the group of black and blue salvia in the back yard last year.
I would like suggestions of red, pink, orange perennial plants that would do well in sun. The soil is mostly clay and dryish (under the tree). I do have irrigation. In the area now I have a concrete curved bench and
2 weigela (they seem to bloom before the birds arrive)
1 Miss Huff lantana
5 upright verbena
2 butterfly bushes- 1 purple, 1 pink
3 red periennial salvia (they struggled in the first year)
3 monarda (they also struggled)
The overall plan is to have the bench and sitting area as a destination. Paths would wind through the planting groups so that you could enjoy them up close as well as view as a whole. I am undecided about an arbor entrance or some open gazebo. Those would provide good structure for vines (crossvine?)
Your recommendations for hummingbird attractors that would thrive would be most appreciated.