During the color change the seed heads begin to open on plants such as the Cardinal Flower
or Liatris Blazing Star.
Sorrentino's "Poet" also tries "to get the Love-lies-bleeding," though he takes the colloquial name for the summer amaranth literally, referring not to the dripping cardinal flower
but to the marital meltdown unfolding in his house.
Oakham botanist Caren Caljouw advises considering many native New England plants that aren't usually in these mixes, such as orange milkweed, New York ironweed, boneset, cardinal flower
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has a useful list of native rain garden plants by region, such as blue lobelia and cinnamon fern in the Northeast; cardinal flower
and giant coneflower in the deep South; and ironweed, monkey flower and big-toothed sunflower in the Midwest.
As the summer progresses, all those blooming blossoms bring not only daily visitors, but masses of hummingbirds, drawn to the nectar and insects found in the blossoms of salvia and cardinal flower
, one of the few perennials found on the property.
Agave, alstroemeria, bee balm, California fuchsia, Cape fuchsia, cardinal flower
, cigar plants, columbine (from seed), coral bells, delphinium, four o'clock, foxglove (seed), hollyhock (short-lived), ipomopsis (short-lived), kangaroo paw, lion's tail, Lobelia laxiflora, lychnis, monkey flower, parrot's beak (Lotus berthelotii), Penstemon, phlox, pride of Madeira, red-hot poker, sage.
was also a useful dual purpose performer and during the 1982-83 jumping season won four races including the Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle at Doncaster.