10 Flowers that Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden
These beautiful plants bring all birds to the yard
10 flowers that will attract hummingbirds to your garden
Every garden needs hummingbirds! These tiny jewel birds are a joy to watch as they whiz from flower to flower. Sometimes they zoom so close that you can hear the whirring of their wings and the quick chirping of the trills. Because of their fast metabolism, they have to eat every 10 to 15 minutes and visit 1,000 to 2,000 flowers a day! Their long beaks and grooved tongues are designed to sip nectar from many different types of flowers, although they're interested in shades of red, orange, and pink. An automatic feeder in your garden and different types of flowers with different flowering times will tempt these beautiful creatures to frequent visits. Also put water in a mist fountain (they cannot use bird baths) and leave dead sticks on trees or shrubs so that they have a place to sit. They like to survey their territory and sometimes guard their favorite flowers or bird feeders.
Here are 10 beautiful plants that hummingbirds love:
1) Trumpet honeysuckle
This hardy, sun-loving perennial vine has tubular flowers that hummingbirds love. Read the plant label or description carefully: you want to plant the native (Lonicera sempervivens) or the Dutch variety (Lonicera pericylmenum), not the invasive Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) that will take over your garden.
This spring flowering perennial has beautiful flowers with long, spiky tails and is one of the earliest nectar sources for hummingbirds. It prefers penumbra.
Bright orange or red tubular flowers cover this hardy annual. Cuphea, also called firecracker, is irresistible to hummingbirds. It's a sun lover, but keep it watered in the hottest part of summer.
This shade-loving yearbook has exquisite drooping flowers that attract hummingbirds. It looks best draped from hanging pots, baskets, or window boxes.
5) Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon is a hardy shrub that begins to bloom late in the season when much of the rest of the garden unwinds. Its huge flowers are magnets for hummingbirds and other pollinators.
Salvia blooms for weeks from early to midsummer and is available in many different shades of purple, deep pink and blue. Newer varieties form a neat mound of attractive foliage instead of falling over.
7) Cardinal flower
Hummingbirds like the red and yellow trumpet-shaped flowers of this native perennial. In warmer climates, it is hardy and has a spreading habit (up to 5 feet wide) that makes it a good ground covering or boundary. It prefers part of the full sun.
Catnip is a robust perennial sun with flaky foliage and purple-blue flower stems that last for several weeks in early to midsummer. It has a pleasantly spicy-minty scent.
These pink and white or pink and purple flowers, which resemble snapdragons, last from spring to autumn and provide hummingbirds with a source of nectar all season. Torenia, also known as wishbone flowers, are annuals that perform best in the sun.
10) Bee balm
This perennial is a favorite that all pollinators love! The hemmed flowers are heat-resistant and available in the colors pink, red and purple. Bee balm looks best planted in huge sunny swaths, which also makes hummingbirds easier to recognize!
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