From Left to Right: Dianthis, Lonicera Sempervirens (straight species), Major Wheeler, John Clayton, Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’, Penstemon ‘Red Riding Hood’, Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty’, and Petunia exserta.
The three native honeysuckles have tubular flowers unlike invasive Japanese honeysuckles and they don’t emit a noticeable fragrance. The Major Wheeler is a little smaller and redder than the straight species but from a distance the clusters of flowers are similar. I think I prefer the straight species because it’s more vigorous and the color nuances are more attractive.
The color of Hot Lips can vary according to the temperature. Right now my plant has mostly red flowers. Sometimes they’re totally white or a combination thereof. I’ve not seen any hummingbirds nectaring from any of these flowers except for the Hot Lips and Coral Honeysuckles.