Hummingbirds in Your Backyard

Gardening for Hummingbirds

Homeowners who are the most successful at attracting hummingbirds combine the use of feeders and hummingbird food plants. Plan plantings so that nectar-producing plants are blooming throughout the growing season. Also plant flowers that attract small, soft-bodied insects, which provide a protein source for hummingbirds. Other plants provide wintering hummingbirds with roosting cover on cold winter nights.

Here are some excellent plants to attract hummingbirds (*denotes wild plants):

Herbaceous Plants
Lantana
Red-Hot Poker
Hollyhock (single blooming varieties)
Turk's Cap
(Fireman's Helmet)
Pentstemon
Petunia
Zinnia
Cleome
Four-O'clock
Delphinium
Coral-Bells
Day Lily
Geranium
Phlox
Salvia
Impatiens
Foxglove
Nasturtium
Bleeding Heart
Cardinal Flower*
Columbine*
Coreopsis
Mexican Sunflower
Snapdragon
Jewelweed*
Red Basil
Indian Pink*
Crocosmia
Canna Lily
Butterfly Weed*
Beebalm
Cockscomb
Dalhia
Gladiolus
Lupine
Century Pant
Blazing Star (Liatris)*

Shrubs
Buckeye*
Powderpuff
Mexican Cigar
Shrimp Plant
Hibicus
Rose of Sharon
Tree Tobacco
Abelia
Weigela
Wild Azalea*
Flowering Maple
Butterfly Bush
Flowering Quince
Azaleas
Winter Honeysuckle
Buttonbush*

Trees
Black Locust*
Mimosa
Tulip poplar*
Redbud*
Crabapple
Orchid Tree
Chaste Tree
Chinaberry
Hawthorne*
Red Horse Chestnut

Vines
Cross Vine*
Trumpet Creeper*
Coral Honeysuckle*
Yellow Jasmine*
Cypress Vine
Scarlet Runner-Bean
Mourning Glory
Coral Vine


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