Discover Nature’s Magic: The Best Plants to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Discover Nature's Magic: The Best Plants to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

If you’re a fan of hummingbirds and want to attract them to your garden, it’s important to include plants that they love. One such plant is the buckeye. It’s a perennial that blooms from late spring to early summer and produces beautiful red and yellow flowers. Hummingbirds are attracted to the nectar of the buckeye flowers and will visit them frequently. This plant is a great addition to any garden, especially if you’re interested in attracting hummingbirds.

Another plant to consider is the lobelia. It’s an annual that produces stunning trumpet-shaped blossoms in shades of blue, red, and white. Hummingbirds are particularly fond of the red variety of lobelia, so be sure to include it in your garden if attracting hummingbirds is your goal. The lobelia is easy to grow and can be enjoyed from early spring until the first frost.

If you have a pond in your garden, you can also attract hummingbirds with vines. Hummingbirds love to perch on vines and drink from the flowers. Some popular vine choices include the trumpet vine and the morning glory. Both are fast-growing vines that produce beautiful flowers that hummingbirds can’t resist.

Buttonbush is another plant that hummingbirds find irresistible. It’s a shrub that blooms in late spring and early summer and produces small, button-like flowers that are a favorite of hummingbirds. The buttonbush is an excellent choice if you’re looking to attract hummingbirds to your garden. It’s also a great plant for adding structure and beauty to your landscape.

Finally, consider adding the foxglove to your garden. It’s an old-fashioned favorite that comes in a wide range of colors, from deep scarlet to pale pink. Hummingbirds are drawn to the tubular flowers of the foxglove and will visit them frequently. The foxglove is an easy-to-grow plant that will add beauty and color to your garden while attracting hummingbirds.

Creating a hummingbird-friendly garden is easy if you choose the right plants. By including a variety of flowering plants that produce nectar-rich blooms, you can attract these delightful creatures to your garden and enjoy them all season long. So, why not update your garden with some hummingbird-friendly plants and watch as these beautiful birds visit you again and again.

27 Native Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

Here’s a list of 27 of the best native plants that hummingbirds like. They’re attracted to brightly-colored flowers that produce plenty of nectar, and they particularly enjoy plants with tubular-shaped blooms.

1. Agastache (Hyssop) – This plant is known for its vibrant pink, orange, and blue flowers. It’s easy to grow and has a long blooming period.

2. Monarda (Bee Balm) – Hummingbirds are crazy about the pink, red, or lavender flowers of the monarda plant. It’s a great addition to any hummingbird habitat.

3. Butterfly Bush – As its name suggests, this plant is a favorite among butterflies and hummingbirds alike. It produces beautiful purple, pink, and white flowers.

4. Phlox – Hummingbirds are attracted to the bright colors of phlox, specifically the pink and purple varieties. It’s a great addition to any garden.

5. Cardinal Flower – With its vibrant red blooms, this plant is hard to miss. Hummingbirds absolutely love it.

6. Coral Honeysuckle – This native vine has tubular flowers that hummingbirds find irresistible. It’s a great way to attract them to your yard.

7. Salvia – Hummingbirds are big fans of salvia, especially the red or pink varieties. It provides the nectar they need to sustain their high-energy lifestyle.

8. Trumpet Vine – This vine is well known for its vibrant orange flowers that hummingbirds are drawn to. It can be a bit unruly, so regular pruning is necessary.

9. Columbine – Hummingbirds are particularly fond of the blue or purple columbine flowers. It’s a lovely addition to any garden.

10. Bee Balm (Monarda) – Another great choice for attracting hummingbirds, monarda produces stunning red, pink, or purple flowers.

11. Bee Balm (Monarda) – Another great choice for attracting hummingbirds, monarda produces stunning red, pink, or purple flowers.

12. Indian Pink – Hummingbirds are known to flock to the bright red flowers of the Indian pink plant. It’s a must-have for any hummingbird-friendly garden.

13. Daylily – These flowers come in a variety of colors, but the deep orange and red varieties are the most popular among hummingbirds.

14. Bleeding Heart – Hummingbirds can’t resist the unusual shape and pink or white hues of the bleeding heart flower.

15. Penstemon – With its brightly-colored tubular flowers, penstemon is a hummingbird favorite.

16. Scarlet Beebalm – This plant, also known as scarlet monarda, produces gorgeous red flowers that hummingbirds love.

17. Lobelia – Hummingbirds are attracted to the bright red or blue flowers of the lobelia plant. It’s a great choice for a hummingbird garden.

18. Cardinal Climber – Hummingbirds love the trumpet-shaped red flowers of the cardinal climber vine. It’s easy to grow and provides plenty of nectar.

19. Golden Currant – The golden currant attracts hummingbirds with its yellow flowers, which eventually turn into tasty fruits.

20. Anise Hyssop – Hummingbirds are drawn to the blue or purple flowers of the anise hyssop plant. It’s a great addition to any hummingbird garden.

21. Pentas – These plants produce clusters of red, pink, or white flowers that hummingbirds find irresistible.

22. Buttonbush – This shrub produces spherical clusters of white flowers that are a favorite of hummingbirds.

23. Blazing Star – Hummingbirds love the vibrant purple flowers of blazing star. It’s a great choice for any hummingbird habitat.

24. Superbells – This annual plant produces trumpet-shaped flowers in various shades, from pink and purple to orange and red.

25. Red Hot Poker – With its tubular flowers in shades of orange, red hot poker is a magnet for hummingbirds.

26. Wild Columbine – Hummingbirds are drawn to the unique red and yellow flowers of the wild columbine plant.

27. Double-Flowered Honeysuckle – Hummingbirds are attracted to the bright orange flowers and seedheads of this honeysuckle variety.

When planting these native plants, keep in mind that some hummingbirds prefer full sun while others thrive in partial shade. Providing a variety of habitats and moisture levels is key to attracting a diverse range of hummingbirds to your yard.

Quick Tips for a Hummingbird-Friendly Garden

Creating a hummingbird-friendly garden is a wonderful way to attract these small, colorful birds to your outdoor space. Here are some quick tips to help you create the perfect habitat for hummingbirds in your yard:

Zones: Check your hardiness zone to determine the best plants for your area.
Rocky Soil: Hummingbirds love rocky areas, so consider incorporating some rocky soil into your garden.
Pink and Colorful: Choose plants with pink and other colorful flowers, as they are particularly attractive to hummingbirds.
Quick-Growing Type: Opt for fast-growing plants to quickly establish a hummingbird-friendly garden.
Attracts Insects: Hummingbirds also feed on insects, so select plants that attract insects to provide an additional food source.
Scent and Fragrance: Consider planting fragrant flowers, such as anise hyssop and bergamot, to attract hummingbirds with their scent.
Native Plants: Include native plants in your garden, as they are more likely to attract hummingbirds.
Dense and Tall: Choose plants with dense foliage and tall heightspread to provide shelter and nesting opportunities for hummingbirds.
Sun Exposure: Ensure that your garden receives enough sunlight for the plants to thrive.
Water Source: Provide a water source, such as a birdbath or a dripping fountain, for hummingbirds to drink from and bathe in.

By incorporating these tips into your garden design, you can create a beautiful and hummingbird-friendly space that will attract these fascinating birds on a daily basis. Enjoy the daily visits from these energetic and colorful creatures!

Anise Hyssop

The Anise Hyssop, also known as Agastache foeniculum, is a flowering plant native to North America. It is a favorite among hummingbirds due to its vibrant and fragrant flowers. Anise Hyssop’s flowers tend to be blue or purple and are shaped like speckled spikes. The plant typically grows to be around 2-4 feet in height and spreads to about 1-2 feet.

Hummingbirds are attracted to the Anise Hyssop because of its nectar-rich flowers that are perfect for their long beaks. In addition to that, the plant attracts other insect pollinators as well, making it a valuable addition to any garden. Anise Hyssop is a perennial plant that can be grown in both sunny and partially shaded areas.

The Anise Hyssop blooms from mid-summer until early fall and it produces an abundance of flowers throughout this period. It is important to note that the plant should be pruned regularly to encourage continuous flowering. The flowers of the Anise Hyssop can also be used in bouquets or dried for later use.

When designing your garden to attract hummingbirds, consider planting Anise Hyssop near other plants that hummingbirds favor. Some great companion plants include pentas, cunningham phlox, and paintbrush. These plants, when grown closely together, create a colorful and attractive landscape that will keep the hummingbirds coming back for more.

Anise Hyssop is not only attractive to hummingbirds but also adds beauty and fragrance to any garden. Its long-lasting flowers and seedheads provide interest even after they have finished blooming. Natural areas, meadows, or even the edge of a garden are all ideal locations for planting Anise Hyssop.

Overall, Anise Hyssop is a wonderful plant to include in your garden if you want to attract hummingbirds. Its vibrant flowers, natural lure, and ability to attract other pollinators make it a true gem. So, consider adding Anise Hyssop to your garden and enjoy the lively presence of hummingbirds for years to come!

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.