Kniphofia uvaria ‘Pfitzeri’ (syn. ‘Pfitzer’s Hybrid Mix’) – This mix of Red-Hot Pokers usually includes bicolor flowers of red, orange and yellow. It is earlier blooming than most Kniphofias and will flower from May through summer with regular deadheading. The spiky foliage is evergreen in coastal BC. Attracts hummingbirds.Grows 30-36″ high by 36″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Crocosmia ‘TWILIGHT FAIRY Gold’ – A compact and well-branched Crocosmia with unusual bronze-green foliage that really stands out. It bears rich golden-yellow blooms on multibranched flower spikes from June to August. This is a great choice for smaller urban gardens or for use in containers. Attracts hummingbirds. Grows 14-16″ high by 14″ wide. Hardy to zone 7.
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Little Goldstar’ – Finally a compact version of ‘Goldsturm’ that really grows as small (knee-high) as promised. It bears 2-2.5″ wide golden-yellow blooms (often with recurved petals) that literally cover the contour of the plant from midsummer to autumn. An ideal choice for container gardens. Grows 14-16″ high and wide. Zone 4.
Asclepias tuberosa ‘Orange Glory’ – This native of eastern North America is commonly known as Wilkweed and is usually sought after to attract butterflies, particularly Monarchs which feed on the foliage during their caterpillar stage. It bears bright orange blooms from July to August. Prefers part to full sun with good drainage. Grows 24″ high by 18-24″. Hardy to zone 4.
Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Arizona Apricot’ (syn. G. aristata) – A 2011 AAS winner with summer through fall 3 to 3.5″ wide semi-double blooms of golden-yellow with an apricot-orange center and reddish-orange eye highlights. This butterfly magnet is very drought tolerant once established and prefers full sun with well drained soils. Grows 12″ high and wide. Hardy to zone 3.