This breathtaking species of hummingbird is the Velvet Purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini), which can be found flitting through the humid forests of the West Andean slope in western Colombia and north-western Ecuador.
Russian sage is sometimes used as a substitute for lavender, in conditions not conducive to growing that fragrant herb. This tall plant is well worth growing in its own right, though: http://landscaping.about.com/od/colorfulflowers/ig/lavender-flowers/russian_sage_lavender_large.htm
If you’re looking for new perennials to try, check out our top picks for 2016! These colorful blooms and fun plants include the multicolor ‘Rainbow Marcella’, a pretty succulent known as ‘Jewel of Desert Opal’, and more! Check out these amazing new perennials, and plant one in your yard or garden this year.