“Mum-ifying” an autumn garden is all too common but there are a lot of autumn bloomers that bloom earlier, stay longer and come back much more reliably. Try a Phygelius species, the Cape Fuchsia. Three years ago you could find two varieties and and now you have the choice of at least a dozen different ones.
Phygelius bloom summer through frost and stay evergreen down to 20 degrees. All they need is sun to part sun and a little room. Depending on the variety, they can get 3 -6 feet in zone 7. They don’t need staking (yay!) and look good in mid border. So far I haven’t seen any pests or diseases. They come in yellow, corals, salmons, pinks and reds. Their leaves range from plum to grass green to chartreuse.
Hummingbirds will laugh at a feeder and buzz right to a Phygelius. They’re hummer magnets.