Flowers that Attract More Hummingbirds

06/01/2023 | Ken Davis Annuals, Birds, Hummingbirds, In the Garden, Perennials

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener

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Flowers that attract Hummingbirds

Lisa and I sat in our front courtyard, watching the antics of “our” hummingbirds. They were enjoying water from the fountains and sipping nectar from the 30+ pots of flowers. We enjoyed one unique, unexpected benefit: the birds are equally happy sharing the landscape with us! The flower, birds, sparkling water, and fresh air compile for a romantic getaway in our front yard.

Hummingbirds are the easiest to attract into the yard. We don’t have feeders. We never want our birds to become an obnoxious burden, but we have many flowers that bring in the birds. We noticed some flowers attract the hummers better than others do. The same flowers attract butterflies. If you enjoy birds and butterflies in the yard, try planting some of our favorites.

Agastache– burgundy-rose flowers pop against dark green foliage that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Thrives in local gardens; 3′ tall. $17.99

Archangel Angelonia, Summer Snap Dragon, has large, vibrant flowers on a plant that thrives in the heat. Blooms continuously provide an extended season of color in garden borders or patio containers. Hummingbird friendly, yet deer and rabbit resistant. $9.99

Autumn Sage, Salvia greggii, the longest blooming sage in crimson-red, signals spring with continual flowers broadcast right through Autumn. Hummingbirds and gardeners fall for this knee-high bloomer that deserves a prominent location in the garden’s hotter spots. $22

Buzz Magenta Butterfly Bush – Full-size, graceful, tapering flowers cover the compact, hip-high plant from summer through fall. Much easier to care for than the towering varieties our grandparents grew. Of course, they attract butterflies like nobody’s business! $49.99

FuchsiaThere are many fuchsias at the garden center right now. They have one of the brightest flowers for a shade-lovin’ plant. Blooms usually are pink, orange, and yellow and have a drooping habit at the end of the stems. $9.99

Harlequin Pink Penstemon– this cottage garden essential produces a profusion of tall, native spikes of bright pink flowers that bloom from early summer to fall. Locally hardy down to -30 degrees. $19.99

ImpatiensA popular cottage garden plant because of its long-lasting bloom in the shade. It flowers from spring all the way through to the first frost. Impatiens have simple, five-petal flowers that bloom in various colors, from blue, purple, orange, pink, white, and red. Impatiens set seed readily in the garden, and it’s fun to wait until the seed pods swell to full size and then flick them with your fingers to see them burst open and spill their seed out to the ground. $2.99

Monarch Promise Milkweed – Milkweed is butterflies’ choice of place to lay their eggs; it’s also a source of nectar for their migrations. The contrast between the tiny blossoms of orange and red against the spiky variegated foliage makes this plant uniquely stunning. Partial shade encourages lusher leaves and blooms all summer! Looks excellent in containers. $17.99

Petunias are a staple at the Lain casa for containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes because of their long-lasting blooms and various colors. The trumpet-shaped flowers are a dead giveaway for their ability to attract hummingbirds. The variety of colors makes them easy to add to any garden space. $2.99

Santa Barbara Salvia – A superior plant for hot, dry slopes. Rugged enough for rock gardens, with similar requirements as western natives, it is suitable for xeriscape or wild gardens in the driest climate. Stellar in large artistic pots, gorgeous in earth-toned containers. Javelins, deer, and rabbits leave this plant alone. $17.99

Summer Splash Nierembergia flowers are profuse and almost look like they are made of paper. It Reseeds quickly and is excellent for hot locations. They are easy to grow and perfect for patio pots and baskets. $7.99

Here is the list of Plants that Attract Hummingbirds, with an additional list of Plants that Attract other Birds. Enjoy!

Water – Don’t forget to provide water, especially for hummingbirds. Birds need a reliable water source and are satisfied with a simple bird bath, or a saucer filled with an inch or so of water. Our garden has a simple fountain that attracts the smaller birds to a bubbling waterfall. Larger birds seem to prefer the good-sized pond in the backyard. Birds don’t bathe as often as we like, but they love resting and sipping at a water edge.