Marcy Scott has been working on this book for over a dozen years, and it shows the wealth of research and observations that such a long period of research can bring. With her talented native plant landscape-designer husband Jimmy Zabriskie, she operates Robledo Vista Nursery near Las Cruces, New Mexico. At their home along the Rio Grande, they have created gardens and habitat that host thousands of migrating hummingbirds every summer.
Hummingbirds are native only to the Americas, mostly in the tropics of Central and South America. Fourteen species occur regularly in the American Southwest where Marcy lives, and she has profiled each of these species, detailing where they spend the winter, where they breed, and the flowers that they feed on in each season. Many of these “specialized flowers have developed barriers to other potential pollinators such as bees and now largely depend upon hummingbirds to reproduce.” The bulk of the book is 120 profiles of hummingbird plants native to the American Southwest and northern Mexico, each with its own photo, and information about its bloom season, water use and what temperatures its roots can endure.