Hummingbirds make wonderful additions to the garden. Hummingbird flowers and hummingbird feeders will help attract them to the garden.
But, there are plants like these 15 we can call the hummingbird favorite flowers. The presence of birds, especially the hummingbirds, is a beautiful thing that we all want to see in our surrounding. Their humming sounds bring the feeling of serenity and relaxation that is soothing to our ears.
Hummingbirds derived their name from the humming noise they make by flapping their wings. They are considered the tiniest birds; measuring 3 inches long. They primarily feed on nectar, pollen and tree sap, and thus are attracted to flowers.
There are many hummingbird species that could visit your garden for a shot of nectar and a dance around flowers. Some of them include:
- Ruby-throated hummingbird
- Black-chinned hummingbird
- Broad-billed hummingbird
- Costa hummingbird
- Rufous hummingbird
If you want to make create a hummingbird garden, consider growing these flowering plants.
This soaring treasure makes bold statements when planted in a container, or at the back of a mixed border. They blossom in dozens on each stem, and this gives the hummingbirds a lot of nectar sources that they can share with butterflies and other bugs as well.
Delphiniums are blue in color and come in several varieties. Choose the varieties that thrive well in your region as some do well in areas with high temperatures while other in low-temperate regions.
Bonus tip: Try the Blue Mirror Cultivar if you are looking for a heat tolerant variety.
If you want to add a vertical accent to your midsummer garden, you can consider Gayfeather. They have purple, white, and lavender spires that resemble an inverted 3-foot-tall exclamation mark.
Hummingbirds and butterflies are a big fan of Gayfeather, which is a sun-loving perennial.
Chilean Glory Flower
The hummingbirds are overly attracted to these trumpet-shaped flowers. The irresistible Chilean Glory Flower is evergreen and grows very fast. They offer a plethora of orange-red flowers that have a yellow tipping.
They grow from late spring to fall. The leaves have a light green color and are boldly veined on this climbing plant.
Also called Lobelia, this flower is an ideal choice for attracting the hummingbirds. It has long stalks of flowers that can grow to a height of 48 inches.
Cardinal Lobelia flower thrives in moist, good well-drained soil. The rich red blossoms are delicately shaped and are attractive both to the birds and landscaping, and add interest and visual height to the leveled flowerbeds.
Consider growing them in a container in a moist setting, and make sure to water them frequently. They start blooming at the beginning of mid-summer up to the first frost. Move them indoors during the winter season.
True to its name, butterflies and hummingbirds are overly attracted to the Buddleia butterfly bush plant. It produces thick lengthened bunches of flowers that come in purple and pink shades. The flowers repeatedly blossom from the mid-summer through the fall.
It thrives well in full sunlight and develops into a luxurious shrub after that. It’s a drought tolerant plant. Grow them in crowded plantings in butterfly gardens and cottage gardens, and use in border plantings.
They not only draw butterflies but hummingbirds as well.
This is an annual plant, also known as Nicotiana alata and works well when planted in containers.
Its scented flowers blossoms in colors of white and pink, from late spring through to early fall. Hummingbirds and butterflies love this plant because of its fragrant flowers.
Weigela florida is its scientific name, and it has pink, yellow, white, or lavender blooms which depend on the cultivar. The flowers blossom in mid through to late spring.
Some cultivars of Weigela plants have maroon or purplish leaves while others feature variegated foliage.
This deciduous shrub is native plant to Korea and Northern China, and can grow to a height of 9 feet.
However, there are compact varieties that don’t attain that height and aren’t very broad. It thrives well in full sun and borders. It’s loved by hummingbirds.
The foxglove plant does well in acidic soil. The flowers color can be different as they depend on the cultivar that you choose. It’s normally planted as an ornamental plant. It’s also known as Digitalis purpurea in scientific fields.
Foxglove can grow to a length of 6 feet depending on the growing conditions and variety. The pink, yellow, white and purple flowers attract hummingbirds. This plant is poisonous to people and livestock.
The meadow sage (Salvia plant) is one of the hummingbirds’ favorite and serves the backs and centers of the flowerbeds. Sage salvia flowers (salvia guaranitica) range from blue to purple, pink to mauve, and thrives well in full sun.
Saliva plants flower in mid-summer through the late summer. This plant tolerates dry soil and does well in full sun. It’s also known as Salvia nemorosa.
This plant comes in varieties that produce white, yellow, red, pink, coral, and orange flowers.
They attract butterflies and hummingbirds especially when they bloom in the early summer and can last till the mid-fall depending on the variety and species. Yarrow does well in well drained, average soil and can grow to a length of 48 inches.
The sight of these birds and insects on your garden coupled with their beautiful white, purple, pink or white flowers will be a sight to behold.
Bee Balm works well in medium to wet soil and thrives better in a wildlife garden.
Maltese cross plant, a relative of the rose campion (Lychnis coronaria) flowers in the early summer when it achieves a stem of 2 to 4 feet. Plant them in moist, well-drained soil where there is significant sunlight.
Cut back the plant after the flowering period is over to encourage re-bloom. Maltese cross flowers attract hummingbirds as well.
The hollyhock plant achieves a height of 6′ feet and its blossoms comes in singles and doubles in colors of red, lavender, pink, purple, salmon, white, yellow, and apricot.
The first growing hollyhock blooms over longer periods in the summer. It’s a short-lived perennial and biennial but reseeds itself in the garden on a regular basis.
The fast-growing Mexican Sunflower is one of the favorite flowers for butterflies and hummingbirds.
It works well in the full sun and can reach 5-6 feet tall. There’re also dwarf selections that grow to 2-3 feet tall.
If you want something that will attract the hummingbirds, then try wild columbine flowers and plants.
They are easy to grow, and they blossom with different colors depending on the variety you choose. They bloom in the spring, and the flowers are bell-shaped. Hummingbirds love them so much.
Dwarf evergreen shrub fragrant Bouvardia flowers perfume the air September to March.
The luxuriant, glossy, evergreen leaves make a wonderful background for the trumpet flowers with long, slim tubes flaring out into perfect four-pointed stars.
Needs full sun, moderate warmth, humidity, humusy soil kept moist except when the plant is resting after bloom.
Erythrina Crista Galli
For mild climates, Erythrina Crista-Galli (Coral tree) grows as a small or average sized tree.
Grown as a shrub and in pots in cold climates.
Brilliant green leaves with spiny branches and stems.
Summer flowers of splendid vivid red color look like waxed sweet peas. Needs full sun and well-drained soil.
To attract hummingbirds and other types of birds to your garden, plant lots of the flowers hummingbirds love to visit, maintain your habitat and secure it.
Hummingbirds love water, so consider maintaining a gentle spray from a nozzle during the day or adding a hummingbird dripper. Grow plants that bloom bright flowers, especially red; it’s their favorite.
Tubular flowers produce adequate nectar and therefore, have more of wild columbines, flowering tobacco, and Weigela.