Flowers that attract hummingbirds
Bee Balm, scientifically known as Monarda, is a great plant to lure hummingbirds in to your yard. Bee Balm grows about two to four feet high and blooms early in the summer. The blooms’ colors can be pink, red, or white. This plant should be positioned in an area of your garden that has good exposure to sunlight and well-draining soil.
Delphinium is another great variety that hummingbirds love. It is
available in several heights so you can nicely tailor it to your existing
landscaping or new landscaping. The Delphinium needs well-drained soil
and protection from winds, so it is great along fences or walls.
For a low maintenance option, the Coralbells are a great plant. Their
height ranges from 6-18 inches and they are known for their unusual
foliage. If you’re in a region with extremely hot temperatures this
plant will thrive in light shade, but if you have mild summers you can
plant them in full sunlight. Blooms can be found in shades of pink,
coral, red, or white and create bell-shaped flowers
that emerge in late spring to early summer.
Four O’Clocks are named so because they bloom around 4:00 pm in early
evening and remain open on cloudy days. Blooms range from pinks and
reds to white and yellows and are known for a strong pleasant
fragrance. One of the benefits of growing Four O’Clocks is that
problems with insects or disease are extremely uncommon.
See a more extensive list of plants and flowers below.
Water attracts hummingbirds
Hummingbirds have a need for water just as much as the rest of us. They
typically choose to build their nests near a water source, like streams
Hummingbirds also enjoy visiting bird baths with a shallow level of
fresh, clean water. Sometimes they can even be spotted splish-splashing
in small puddles. Water misters that spray out a super-fine mist of
water are also very popular among hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds use these and other water sources for bathing and possibly
to stop for a little drink on one of their many journeys.
Shelter attracts hummingbirds
Adding trees and shrubs is another way to attract hummingbirds by
providing them plenty of shelter, nesting, and night roosting spots.
Here is a list of popular trees and shrubs for attracting hummingbirds
that you might consider when planning your hummingbirdscape.
Trees and Shrubs
* Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
* Cape Honeysuckle
* Flame Acanthus
* Flowering Quince
* Red Buckeye
* Tree Tobacco
* Turk's Cap
* Coral Honeysuckle
* Cypress Vine
* Morning Glory
* Scarlet Runner Bean
* Trumpet Creeper
* Cardinal Flower
* Coral Bells
* Hummingbird Mint (Agastache)
* Little Cigar
Note: Some may be annuals or perennials depending on climate.
* Beard Tongue (and other penstemons)
* Various Salvia species
* Shrimp Plant
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