8 Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds
Readers captured energetic birds zipping through their gardens. These nectar-rich blooms keep them buzzing back for more.
Monarda, Zones 3 to 9
This plant fits the bill. It’s vibrant, tube-shaped and full of nectar—everything a hummingbird wants. Plant bee balm in full sun and in well-draining soil. Then sit back and enjoy the fragrant flowers and the hummingbird show.
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Hibiscus, Zones 4 to 9
This hardy favourite features flowers that span from four to 12 inches wide. It’s a heat lover, so find a sunny spot and get ready to watch tiny birds visit the gigantic blooms.
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Salvia, Zones 4 to 11
Salvia is a hummingbird favourite because many other nectar seekers, like bees and butterflies, are unable to access the nectar buried deep in the tubular blooms. That means more for hummingbirds!
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Alstroemeria, Zones 5 to 10
The vibrant, exotic look of this bulb is super attractive to hummingbirds. It’s also a favourite of gardeners in the West.
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Hosta, Zones 3 to 8
Rising up to three feet above the foliage, hosta flowers are nectar-filled and dainty. The blooms last up to six weeks, so they are always at the ready when a hummingbird stops by.
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Phygelius, Zones 6 to 10
At three to five feet tall and wide, cape fuchsia commands attention in any garden, especially when the bright tube-shaped flowers are in bloom. A hummingbird’s slender bill is a perfect fit!
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Crocosmia, Zones 5 to 9
Fiery red-orange blossoms burst to life in mid- to late summer, offering your resident hummingbirds a sweet treat. For the best flowers, make sure to keep the soil moist.
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