July 22, 2013 Updated: July 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm
Common Name: Orange Carpet, Hummingbird Trumpet
Scientific name: Zauschneria garrettii
Height: 3-4 inches
Width: 15-20 inches
Where to plant: Full sun to partial shade
Water requirement: Drought tolerant (once established)
Preparing the soil: Clay to sandy soils
Hardy: Zones 3 (up to 9,000 feet)
This plant has it all: deer resistance, low water needs and bright flowers that attract hummingbirds. It's a low-growing ground cover that grows quickly to form a dense mat of attractive dark green leaves. Around midsummer, scarlet-orange flowers emerge that attract hummingbirds and bees. Water while in bloom and flowers will continue through the summer. Deer tend to leave it alone.
Julie McIntyre, Summerland Gardens.