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How To Attract Hummingbirds

July 18, 2011

What is the best way to attract hummingbirds?
You can always attract hummingbirds with a feeder, but the best way to attract hummingbirds is the natural way: by planting plants that produce brightly flowered colors. But bright color isn’t everything. Keep in mind that hummingbirds prefer easy-access flowers that are rich in nectar. These are usually tubular flowers that allow their long, needle-like bills to fit inside these tubes. Thus, their tongues can easily lap up the sweet nectar found deep inside the flower tubes.

What types of plants should I plant in my hummingbird garden?
Well, that depends on the size of your garden. If you’ve got a large space, and are creating your hummingbird garden from scratch, you should consider planting a mix of perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees, and vines. The shrubs and trees provide shelter and a place to rest. Some perennials take several years to fully mature and create a bumper crop of flowers, so plant a variety of annuals as fillers the first year.
If space is limited, you can grow plants in containers that are placed up on decks, patios or porches for up-close viewing of the hummingbirds as they buzz around and feed. Don’t be surprised if one of these little hummers fligh right up to you to say “hi!” They love people.

What flowering plants do hummingbirds like best?
There are hundreds or thousands of plant varieties that will attract hummingbirds, but through years of observation and taking notes, here’s a list of one’s we’ve found to be most liked by hummingbirds in the Southeast. Plant some or all of these in your garden and you’ll be sure to have some very happy hummingbirds buzzing aorund and feeding all season!

Annual Plants
Cleome > (Will reseed where happy)
Impatiens >
Lantanas >
Pentas >
Petunias >
Salvias >

Perennial Plants
Bee Balm – Monarda >
Blue Anise Sage – Salvia guaranitica (all varieties) >
Butterfly Bush – Buddleia (all varieties) >
Canna Lilies >
Hummingbird Plant – Diclipera suberecta >
Lantanas – Lantana camara >
Pineapple Sage – Salvia elegans >
Texas Sage – Salvia greggii (all varieties) >

Flowering Vines
Trumpet Vine ‘Madame Galen’ – Campsis tagliabuana >
Honeysuckle – Lonicera >

Shrubs
Encore Azaleas – Rhododendron hybrid (Blooms Spring, Summer & Fall) >

Tropicals
Bird of Paradise >
Fuchsia >
Hibiscus >

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