Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds
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:
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
VINES THAT ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS:
Campsis – Trumpet Vine
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
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.
With their incredibly high metabolisms, hummingbirds are very susceptible to chemicals such as those used to control garden pests. If you want your hummingbirds to stay healthy, avoid or limit the use of chemicals in your garden and never use any chemicals of any kind on or near your hummingbird feeders.
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 (see recipe below)
• 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!
Happy Hummingbird Recipe:
• 1/4 cup refined white sugar
[Please use refined white sugar! Honey can promote dangerous fungal growth. Organic, natural, and raw sugars contain levels of iron that could be harmful. Plain white table sugar is sucrose, which, when mixed with water, very closely mimics the chemical composition of natural nectar.]
• 1 cup Boiling Water
• Bowl or Glass Measuring Cup
Mix the water and sugar together. Let cool to room temperature before filling your feeder.
Note: There’s no need for red dye here. Red coloring is not necessary and the chemicals could prove to be harmful to the birds.
What flowers do hummingbirds like?
Hummingbirds are primarily attracted to long tubular flowers that are red, but are frequently seen visiting flowers that are orange, yellow, purple, or even blue, giving you plenty to choose from. Keep in mind that many double-flowered forms aren’t accessible to pollinators.
Hummingbirds = Joy
It’s truly a treat to see hummingbirds in your garden! The best way of attracting them and setting up a hummingbird friendly plot is to use a combination of hummingbird feeders in addition to their favorite flowers, plants, shrubs, and vines.
Hummingbirds are always looking around for food sources, and they’re quite good at finding them, but you’ll have more luck attracting hummingbirds if you put feeders in a place where it’s easy to spot. Use a hummingbird feeder with some bright red on it, and position it where it can be seen by birds flying past at a distance. Sit back and enjoy the nature show!