Is there anything better than watching happy hummingbirds flutter around? A flower bed is a beautiful use of garden space, with the added benefit of attracting pollinators such as bumblebees and butterflies. One of the most stunning pollinators you may be lucky enough to attract is the energetic hummingbird. Energetic and brightly colored, these little birds love a variety of flowers, from long-lived varieties to spring-blooming beauties. In fact, many flowers have evolved specific characteristics to attract hummingbirds to help with flower reproduction. All you have to do to turn your yard into a hummingbird gathering spot is plant what they love! So, if you want to learn how to attract hummingbirds to your garden, continue reading:
Let’s see how you can attract these beautiful hummingbirds to your garden
It’s easy to attract these magical birds to your garden with a few well-chosen flowers. To keep their metabolisms running fast, hummingbirds need to eat approximately every 10 minutes to use all the help they can get! They rely on bright colors (especially red) to spot the best blooms, and they especially like tubular-shaped flowers that contain larger amounts of nectar. Here are 10 flowers that attract hummingbirds that can easily add to your home garden. Also, make sure to check these aromatic flowers if you want to attract beautiful butterflies to your garden!
These little birds rely on flowers to feed with their sweet nectar
Tip: Sometimes you mind find yourself looking to get rid of some bugs in your garden space. Our guide for getting rid of stinky bugs will show you different ways to combat the problem.
Hummingbirds are little, cute pollinators who will make your garden a dreamy oasis
Lantanas hold a lot of hummingbird appeal and their bunches of blooms make them a great choice for any gardener, but they’re especially suited for beginner gardeners. If you are a beginner in the garden, make sure to check our beginner gardening guide! The Lantana flower needs full sun and well-drained soil and does not require heavy or regular watering once established. Its flowers are made of many smaller flowers and are attractive to nectar-drinking creatures. Once mature, it can reach 6 feet tall.
Lantana flowers are not only good for hummingbirds, but for beginner gardeners as well!
These beautiful, ombre flowers are a hummingbird favorite
As a tropical beauty, the hibiscus is a favorite of hummingbirds, in part because of its fantastic color. The vibrant flowers attract hummingbirds, so hibiscus is a good choice for a beautiful hummingbird garden. It requires regular watering to keep the soil balanced but not moist. Water your hibiscus daily when temperatures are warm, and bring it inside when temperatures drop below 50 degrees.
This tropical beauty will be the perfect addition to your garden
Hibiscus is one of the most beautiful tropical flowers
The tubular shape of morning glory and its vibrant variety of colors make it ideal for a hummingbird garden. This is a climbing vine that will need plenty of room and full morning sun. Morning glory requires properly balanced fertilization to produce flowers. Be prepared for an abundant display of morning glories the following year, as they self-seed in many locations and return even stronger in the spring.
Morning glory comes in a variety of beautiful colors like pink, purple, and blue
Petunias like partial shade to full sun, although if you want to attract hummingbirds, you’ll want the latter for better bloom. Petunias will provide color all summer long, and they require compost-treated soil for strong performance. Deadheading petunias and keeping them from extreme heat will encourage blooms continuously. Petunias are annuals, they are fast-growing and will provide plenty of food for your native hummingbirds.
These colorful petunias will last all summer long
Salvia is a favorite not only of hummingbirds, but also of butterflies. If you want a beautiful pollinated garden, make sure to plant some flowers that attract honey bees, as well! There are both annual and perennial varieties, and the colors vary widely, although the pink and red varieties may attract more hummingbirds because of their bright hue. Plant it outside after the last frost date in an area with full to partial sun. Salvia prefers dry soil, so let it dry out between watering.
Salvia is a type of sage which is like a magnet to hummingbirds
You can also look after this cool flower in a pot
This pretty perennial flower will provide interest in your garden for most of the growing season and attract nectar-eating birds and bugs while it blooms. The variety of colors, including pinks, purples, reds, and blues, make it attractive to hummingbirds and pleasing in any style of garden. As long as the soil is not too dry and sunny, columbine will thrive practically anywhere. Consider mulching them in very hot areas to keep the roots cool and help the cool weather plant get through the warm season.
Columbine flowers have a unique shape and beautiful colors
Foxglove is a perfect plant for hummingbirds thanks to the myriad blooms on a tall, affordable stake. It can be grown as a perennial or biennial, meaning it grows one year and flowers the next. Foxglove enjoys moist soil and usually blooms in spring. Make sure you enrich your soil before planting seeds or transplants, and never eat any part of this poisonous plant. As well as bringing unique color to your garden, foxglove is also good for wildlife. Although toxic to pets if ingested, they are also an important source of pollen for the declining bee population. Bees are attracted to the vibrant flowers, which are shaped to provide an ideal landing site. While foraging, bees also spread pollen from plant to plant, helping your thimble bees to reproduce.
Tip: If you have pets, make sure to see our guide for pet-friendly indoor plants. That way, you can ensure that your furry friends are safe.
Foxglove is an amazing flower for wildlife
These flowers are toxic to pets, but hummingbirds and bees adore them!
Bleeding heart is a shade-loving perennial that blooms in spring, nearing the end of its bloom cycle when hummingbirds migrate to their summer zones. It is dormant in late summer, but some varieties can bloom in cooler areas. Once dormant for the summer, consider planting an annual like petunias to keep the hummingbirds around. Be sure to water your bleeding heart regularly.
This unique flower will be a wonderful addition to your garden collection
If you want to add a tropical flair to your patio or garden while bringing in more hummingbirds, fuchsia is the way to go. This fantastic flower blooms throughout the growing season, but will need cool shade during the hot months. Watering them will also help them cool down, but overwatering will cause root rot. If you are growing fuchsias in a pot, make sure there are holes and good drainage. Bring your fuchsia indoors during the winter months to allow it to rest and preserve it for the next growing season.
Fuchsia is a beautiful flower that will turn your garden into a tropical paradise
Hummingbirds love these bright-colored flowers
Hostas are large, leafy perennials that attract hummingbirds with their spikes of lily-like flowers that bloom in summer. Some varieties are fragrant and others are not, but hummingbirds and bees love their nectar and will return while the flowers are in bloom. Try to get Hosta bulbs in the ground in late summer or early spring.
This flower attracts hummingbirds with its flowers that bloom in the summer
And, here is how this plant looks the rest of the year
Flowers that hummingbirds dislike
Knowing which flowers to avoid can help gardeners create stunning flowerbeds that will also serve as nutritious, bountiful buffets for visiting hummingbirds. Popular blooms that are not particularly attractive to hummingbirds include:
- Lily of the valley
- Oriental Lilies
- Sweet Peas
And, if you want quick results, you can always get a hummingbird feeder
And, here is a cute hummingbird chilling on an aloe vera plant