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5 Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

Updated on February 28, 2011

If you're looking to attract hummingbirds into your backyard this summer, you'll be happy to know that this can be easily accomplished by implementing certain flowers into your garden. Hummingbirds find the attractive varieties below irresistible, so plant a few of these and enjoy the nature of your garden in all of it's glory. Have a great summer!

Mixed Bee Balm Flowers
Mixed Bee Balm Flowers

Mixed Bee Balm

Bring the hummingbirds into your garden with this colorful mix. These bushy plants can grow up to 3 1/2 feet tall, and are filled with red, white, purple, and pink blooms during the midsummer. Mixed Bee Balm can be planted in full sun or partial shade. Zones 4-9

a hummingbird enjoying the sweet nectar of a Red Penstemon
a hummingbird enjoying the sweet nectar of a Red Penstemon

Red Penstemon

Beautiful crimson-red tube-shaped flowers really catch the eyes of hummingbirds and butterflies alike. These perennial plants flower in profusion all summer long, and will have flocks of hummingbirds returning to your garden year after year! The Red Penstemon will grow to approximately 18 inches tall, and prefers full sun to partial shade. Zones 4-9

May Night Salvia
May Night Salvia

May Night Salvia

Hummingbirds are attracted to the pretty purple flower spikes that bloom atop the attractive blue-gray foliage in the middle of the summer. Just plant these in full sun, and watch them grow up to 18 inches tall with very little maintenance required. May Night Silvia was the winner of the Perennial Plant of the Year Award in 1997. Zones 4-8

Russian Princess Lobelia
Russian Princess Lobelia

Russian Princess Lobelia

Bring both hummingbirds and a late-summer color show into your garden with crimson-red flowers that soar above bronze foliage. The Russian Princess Lobelia grows to a height of 36 inches, and does well in partial shade. This beautiful plant which is suitable for containers will attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Zones 3-8

a hummingbird attracted to licorice mint
a hummingbird attracted to licorice mint

Licorice Mint

Getting it's name from the distinct scent of it's silvery-green foliage, both butterflies and hummingbirds find the scent and taste of the Licorice Mint plant irresistible. Warm orange tube shaped flowers bloom from early summer until a killing frost arrives. This shrubby plant grows 2 to 3 feet tall, and will require full sun. This is a great plant for containers.

Get Ready For Your Feathered Friends!

Once you've planted the flowers that are sure to attract lots of hummingbirds into your garden, be sure to put out a bird feeder and a bird bath, which will entice them to extend their visit.


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      Sarah G 

      2 years ago

      Gonna try the Mixed Bee Balm. They look wonderfully colorful, almost like fireworks. I can definitely see why a hummingbird would be attracted to such a bold display of natural beauty.

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      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Love hummingbirds and have them in our patio! Other flowers they are attracted to and we have are fuschia, salvia, cypress vine and lavender! :)


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