Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

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Hummingbird Feeding on Hibiscus

It’s such a treat to see hummingbirds in your garden! The best way of attracting them is to use a combination of hummingbird feeders and their favorite flowers, plants, shrubs and vines.

The plants listed below are among hummingbirds’ favorites. While reds dominate the list, there are plenty of other colors suggested (reds, pinks, oranges and purple shades) to allow a varied planting. The most important aspect of designing a hummingbird garden is to plan for continuous bloom from spring to fall, ensuring an endless supply of nectar.

Hummingbirds are attracted to many of the same plants that attract butterflies – so your garden will appeal to both beautiful winged species. Hummingbirds have to eat a great deal of nectar to maintain their energy levels. Plant flowers in abundance! Tubular flowers hold more nectar so they are a favorite. Try to select plants whose bloom dates overlap. Above all, do not use pesticides. Hummingbirds are very sensitive and the results could be deadly.

ANNUALS THAT ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS:

Agastache
Calibrachoa
Cleome
Cosmos
Dahlia
Morning Glory
Nasturtium
Nicotiana
Nigella
Petunia
Ruellia
Salvia
Scabiosa
Snapdragon
Zinnia


PERENNIALS THAT ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS:

Agastache – Hummingbird Mint
Aquilegia – Columbine
Asclepias – Milkweed, Butterfly Weed
Buddleia – Butterfly Bush
Campanula – Bellflower
Delphinium – Larkspur
Dianthus barbatus – Sweet William
Dicentra – Bleeding Heart
Echinops ritro – Globe Thistle
Hemerocallis – Daylilies
Heuchera – Coral Bells
Hibiscus – Rose Mallow
Iris shrevei – Blue Flag Iris
Liatris – Gayfeather, Blazing Star
Lilium – Lily
Lobelia – Cardinal Flower
Lupinus – Lupine
Monarda – Bee Balm
Perovskia – Russian Sage
Physostegia – Obedient Plant
Ruella humilis – Wild Petunia
Silene regia – Royal Catchfly
Silphium laciniatum – Compass Plant

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VINES THAT ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS:

Campsis – Trumpet Vine
Clematis
Lonicera – Honeysuckle

TREES THAT ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS:

Crataegus – Hawthorn
Liriodendron tulipifera – Tulip Tree
Malus – Crabapple

SHRUBS THAT ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS:

Aesculus – Buckeye
Azalea – Rhododendron
Clethra Ruby Spice – Pink Summersweet
Hibiscus syriacus – Rose of Sharon
Lonicera tatarica – Honeysuckle
Weigela

Keep in mind that hummingbirds are attracted to flower colors and nectar, not fragrance. Some cultivated hybrids produce less nectar than their wild counterparts, but they still make excellent additions to your hummingbird garden.

HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER TIPS:

• The best color for your feeder is bright red to attract the birds from a distance.
• Never fill your feeders with anything but sugar-water mix of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.
• Do not use food coloring of any kind
• Never, ever, use honey (Honey can develop a fungus which can be fatal to hummingbirds)
• Always keep your feeders clean and filled!

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Category: Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs, Trees

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