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Attracting Hummingbirds


A hummingbird garden can be as simple as a flower box or several containers on a deck, or as elaborate as a large perennial border. The height of the plants chosen is important to vary the space around blooms, allowing the hummingbirds to hover. The goal is to have some flowers in bloom at all times. Remember that hummingbirds like many types of flowers, not just red tubular ones, and that there are other flowers that attract insects, which are an essential part of their diet. Since hummingbirds are very territorial around their favorite flowers, be sure to place a few in different areas of the garden. This will make it more difficult for one bird to claim all of the flowers and enable other hummingbirds to visit and feed.

Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Perennials
Astilbe
Hollyhocks
Bearberry
Columbine
Butterfly Weed
Bugleweed
Delphinium
Bleeding Heart
Foxglove
Echinacea
Gentian
Daylilies
Coral Bells
Hibiscus
Hosta
Gayfeather
Cardinal Flower
Bee Balm
Beardstonguen
Sweet William
Summer Phlox
Evening Primrose
Garden Phlox
Annuals
Pincushion Flower
Snapdragons
Spider Flower
Impatiens
Four O’Clock
Flowering Tobacco
Geranium
Petunia
Nasturtium
Scarlet Sage
Verbena
Zinnia
Vines
Trumpet Vine
Morning Glory
Honeysuckle
Scarlet Runner Bean
Cypress Vine
Trees and Shrubs
Horse Chestnut
Buckeye
Catalpa
Redbud
Hawthorn
Crabapples and Apples
Locust
Butterfly Bush
Currant
Azalea
Rhododendron
Gooseberry
Lilacs
Weigela
Miscellaneous
Fuchsia
Gladiolas
Tiger Lilies
Strawberries