I enjoy a lot of hummingbirds visiting or living around my home. I get many requests for the flowers that attract hummingbirds to my garden so here I will share what I have observed personally.
My favorite flowers that attract hummingbirds to my garden. One thing is important, start with early blooming plants they love. The hummingbirds, whether they live near year round or are migrating will want to eat early in the season. If you don’t feed them someone else will and that is where they will go.
This list is in no way exhaustive but what is growing in my personal garden I have observed as favored by the Hummingbirds.
I will start with flowers that bloom in early Spring and are the beginning of the hummingbird food for my garden. I have hummingbirds that overwinter and I keep a feeder up year round for them but they love to come and sip on early blooming flowers too. This goes along with the idea of planting your garden for continuous color.
Many of these flower bloom for a few weeks then go to seed and other flowers come into bloom. Lupine is a favorite in early Spring along with Iris, I also keep pots of Pansies and Violas on my back deck.
I have tons of Iris and I spotted quite a few Hummers sipping from my Iris this Spring.
Foxgloves are a biennial that returns to my garden year after year making an easy treat and usually start to bloom just before the Lupine and Iris are beginning to fade. (many tubular shaped flowers hold lots of nectar that hummingbirds love)
One thing I think is very important is masses of flowers of one variety, even many potted plants grouped together create a visual feast for hungry Hummingbirds and they will spot it from afar.
They love red colors like this container of Petunias. (buckets and tubs of flowers)
Million Bells aka Calibrachoa are much like petunias and are much more cold hardy.
They have been especially enjoying my Larkspur this year, I am keeping it dead headed so they continue to bloom.
A close cousin of the Larkspur are the Delphiniums.
And the Bee Balm aka Monarda is definitely a favorite in mid-summer at the time of this post.
My trumpet vine is just starting to bloom now in mid-July and it is a hummingbird magnet like no other but many varieties can be pesky and invasive. I have mine in a wine barrel and so far it has been well behaved, I do cut it back to about 12 inches in late Fall to keep it in check.
There are just so many flowers it is hard to list them all, and I will add more as I keep an eye out for the rest of the season. If you only have a patio or teeny garden I would go with bright ivy geraniums, calibrochoas and lobelias in baskets or hanging pots along with a feeder close by.
The solution I use in my feeders is 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. So to 1/4 cup sugar I use 1 cup of water. This is the optimum mix for hummingbird health according to studies. Adding more sugar is not healthy as it makes for a thicker solution that is harder for them to uptake.
Liatris or Gayfeather is very popular too and it comes back each year. I bought a bag of corms for these at Costco a couple years ago.
Another bonus is most of these are also very attractive to Butterflies. Score!
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For those of you waiting for my garden journal posts, I am working on that, it has been a busy time in the garden and I have been recording once a week but editing is so time consuming. But I am loving being able to keep track of things and it is going to help me immensely when it comes time to transplant things.
Here is another great article on Best Blooming plants for Hummingbirds.