8 Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds
Readers captured energetic birds zipping through their gardens. These nectar-rich blooms keep them buzzing back for more.
Monarda, Zones 3 to 9
This plant fits the bill. It's vibrant, tube-shaped and full of nectar—everything a hummingbird wants. Plant bee balm in full sun and in well-draining soil. Then sit back and enjoy the fragrant flowers and the hummingbird show.
Hibiscus, Zones 4 to 9
This hardy favorite features flowers that span from 4 to 12 inches wide. It's a heat lover, so find a sunny spot and get ready to watch tiny birds visit the gigantic blooms.
For a quick pop of color in the summer garden, sun-loving zinnias are a must. Plant a combination of single-bloom varieties in red and bright pink if you want to make the yard more desirable to hummingbirds.
Salvia, Zones 4 to 11
Salvia is a hummingbird favorite because many other nectar seekers, like bees and butterflies, are unable to access the nectar buried deep in the tubular blooms. That means more for hummingbirds!
Alstroemeria, Zones 5 to 10
The vibrant, exotic look of this bulb is super attractive to hummingbirds. It's also a favorite of gardeners in the West.
Hosta, Zones 3 to 8
Rising up to 3 feet above the foliage, hosta flowers are nectar-filled and dainty. The blooms last up to six weeks, so they are always at the ready when a hummingbird stops by. Fit in hostas in your landscaping with these tips.
Phygelius, Zones 6 to 10
At 3 to 5 feet tall and wide, cape fuchsia commands attention in any garden, especially when the bright tube-shaped flowers are in bloom. A hummingbird's slender bill is a perfect fit!
Crocosmia, Zones 5 to 9
Fiery red-orange blossoms burst to life in mid- to late summer, offering your resident hummingbirds a sweet treat. For the best flowers, make sure to keep the soil moist.