28 Common Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds (Native, Easy To Grow)

“What flowers attract hummingbirds?”


flowers that attract hummingbirds


This is probably the most common question people have as they construct their hummingbird garden and habitat.


I know it was for me.


Trying to sort through hundreds of potential flowers that hummingbirds (might) like was more frustrating and time-consuming than I had initially thought.  I have spent hours trying to find the perfect mix of flowers and plants to optimize my backyard for hummingbirds.

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I have finally realized that the hummingbird flowers in my backyard will always be a work in process; adding, removing, and experimenting with different plants is part of the fun!


Regardless, I thought it would be worthwhile to share some of the best flowers that I use or have come across that attract hummingbirds.


But first, here are 4 guidelines that I tried to follow when selecting the hummingbird flowers that appear on this list:


1. Lots of Nectar!


When trying to find flowers that hummingbirds like, it starts and ends with nectar.


Nectar is the only reason that hummingbirds visit flowers in the first place. They need this sugar solution to fuel their high energy lifestyle. (They flap their wings around 60 times per SECOND)

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Also, a common trait of many flowers that attract hummingbirds is they are long and tubular. Insects have a hard time reaching the nectar in these types of flowers, but hummingbirds, with their long beaks and tongues, are perfectly adapted.


2. Native to North America:


In my opinion, the best flowers to use for hummingbirds are native to North America. I think they not only provide excellent sources of energy but are also preferred by other pollinators, caterpillars, spiders, etc.


So you won’t find the popular Butterfly Bush on my list below. If you didn’t know, this ornamental plant originates from China.


But the line between what is native and what is not is a bit murky. Some plants originate from other continents, but are so popular and have been in North America so long that they are considered “naturalized” in the wild. Also, most plants you see in nurseries are not what you would find in nature anyway, but some cultivar of the wild version of that flower species.


So I did my best when trying to make sure the hummingbird flower was native. Forgive me if it’s not perfect. 🙂


How do you know if a plant is native?


*Bonus Tip* There is a helpful search tool located on the United States Department of Agriculture website. If you are not sure if a plant is native, type in the scientific name or common name in the search bar on the left-hand side. It will show you whether the plant is native to North America, introduced, or both.


3. Easy to Find:


I tried to select plants that you didn’t have to order a year in advance from a specialty nursery and then have it shipped across the country.


I wanted to find hummingbird flowers that were common and typically supplied by your local nursery or easy to buy from a reputable company online. In fact, most of these flowers can be ordered and shipped from Amazon and I tried to include a link whenever possible.


4. Relatively Easy to Grow:


I am certainly not a master gardener. Any plants that I consider have to be suitable for amateurs and don’t require a lot of attention once they are in the ground, albeit getting watered, fertilized, and pruned every so often.


It’s also imperative to consider your Plant Hardiness Zone when selecting any flowers, shrubs, or trees.

hardiness zone for hummingbird flowers

Check out the USDA website to type in your specific zip code.

Whenever you buy a plant, it will display the hardiness zones that it will thrive in. For example, I live in Northeast Ohio, which is zone 6a. If I bought a flower that had a plant hardiness zone range of  8a – 12a, then I know it won’t survive our cold winters. There are also many plants that only thrive in colder (lower) zones and can’t live through the hot summers of the south.

Making sure your hummingbird flowers are appropriate for YOUR hardiness zones is extremely important! And it’s the reason that a hummingbird garden in Alabama will look completely different than the hummingbird habitat I have created in my backyard in Ohio.


But creating your own regionally unique area for hummingbirds is part of the fun!


Ok, it’s time to check out some of the best hummingbird flowers!


28 Common Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds


In full disclosure, this list has a slight preference for flowers that attract the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and grow in the eastern United States.


This is because I live in Ohio and it’s the only hummingbird that we can attract!


I tried my best to find flowers can be planted across the United States, or have regional cultivars designed for different hardiness zones and climates. I even included a few hummingbird flowers that only grow in western North America.


If you have specific questions, please consult a local nursery or use the comments section below!


1. Trumpet Vine (Also called Trumpet Creeper)


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Trumpet Vine is an excellent flower to attract hummingbirds (it’s even commonly referred to as “hummingbird vine”), as it features long, tubular, bright flowers with lots of nectar.


It’s native to the southeast United States but is easy to grow in most of the country. And I do mean GROW. It has a reputation for growing like crazy, and I can second that with my first-hand experience. It needs to be trimmed regularly, or it will take over an entire area. The vine gets so big that many birds will even nest in its dense foliage!


It is widely available, and I can always find Trumpet Vine at my local nurseries. Typically, it takes a year or two after planting to start getting bright and beautiful flowers.


USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Life Cycle: Perennial

Approximate Mature Size: Vines can grow up to 40 feet high

Bloom Time: July to September

Scientific NameCampsis radicans

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2. Trumpet Honeysuckle


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Another vine that is native to the eastern United States, Trumpet Honeysuckle is a favorite of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. The birds love the bright clusters of red and orange flowers.


It has similar features to the Trumpet Vine, and many people get the two mixed up. A benefit of the Trumpet Honeysuckle is that it’s not as aggressive and does not get as big as the Trumpet Vine. Because of this, Trumpet Honeysuckle may fit better in your hummingbird garden.


USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Life Cycle: Perennial

Approximate Mature Size: 15 feet tall x 6 feet wide

Bloom Time: May – June

Scientific Name: Lonicera sempervirens

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3. Red Cardinal Flower


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The Red Cardinal Flower is an excellent addition to any backyard hummingbird habitat. I love that it’s native to almost the entire lower 48 states and eastern Canada.


It’s gorgeous when in bloom, providing vibrant red tubular flowers. In fact, the flowers are too long for most insects, and the Red Cardinal Flower relies on attracting hummingbirds for pollination.


It grows best when not in full sun and likes moisture. In the wild, I always see them on the side of shady, northern Michigan streams while kayaking every August.


USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Life Cycle: Perennial

Approximate Mature Size: ~ 3 feet

Bloom Time: Mid to late Summer

Scientific Name: Lobelia cardinalis

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4. Bee Balm


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Bee Balm is a smaller, perennial flower. Hummingbirds, along with bee’s and butterflies, love visiting these plants to get nectar. It’s native to eastern North American and the Pacific Northwest. 


There are over 50 cultivars commercially available, representing many different colors. Some are mildew resistant, and certain ones will be better for your region than others, so please check the hardiness zone and do your research.


Other common names for Bee Balm include monarda, horsemint, oswego tea, and bergamot.


Easy to grow, deer resistant, and drought-resistant! And as a bonus, bee balm is also great for attracting butterflies!


USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Life Cycle: Perennial

Approximate Mature Size: 3-4 feet tall, up to 3 feet wide (depends on which cultivar selected)

Bloom Time: July – September

Light Requirements: Full Sun, but also does well with a bit of shade

Scientific Name: Monarda didyma

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5. Sage (Salvia)


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Sage has it all; it looks great in your garden, attracts hummingbirds, easy to grow, and the leaves can even be eaten!


Sage is the common name of any plants under the genus Salvia. Unfortunately, it’s going to be hard to give a lot of specific details about which Sage flower would do best in your backyard.


That’s because there are hundreds of different species of Sage on Planet Earth, and many more cultivars that grow well in hummingbird gardens all across the country.


Sage comes in all different sizes and colors. Some are annual, some perennial. Many are native to the Americas, but the most common, Salvia officinalis (Common Sage) originates from the Mediterranean but is so common it is considered naturalized in North America.


One thing most variations of Sage have in common is they have spikes of flowers that are tubular in nature. And these flowers are great for attracting hummingbirds, along with other pollinator insects, bees, moths, and butterflies.


My advice is to do some more research and find a variety that will do well where you live. Luckily, Salvia is VERY COMMON at most nurseries.


6. Rhododendron


Flowers that attract hummingbirds


If you have ever seen a Rhododendron in full bloom at the end of May, you will agree that their display is incredibly beautiful. You can’t blame hummingbirds for being attracted. In fact, my awkward high school prom photos were even taken in front of our large Rhododendron bush that was in full bloom in our front yard.


One of the most popular plants at any nursery, there are over a thousand different species of Rhododendron that have been identified, with the majority of them originating from Asia.


But the Rhododendron species that I recommend for hummingbirds is native to North America.


Its scientific name is Rhododendron catawbiense, and it’s commonly referred to as Catawba rosebay, Catawba rhododendron, mountain rosebay, purple ivy, purple laurel, purple rhododendron, red laurel, rosebay, or rosebay laurel.


It has beautiful, dark green foliage all year and hummingbirds will love the gorgeous pink flowers each May. It’s also incredibly hardy and can survive cold winters.


USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Life Cycle: Perennial

Approximate Mature Size: Up to 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide if not pruned.

Bloom Time: Spring

Light Requirements: Part Shade. Typically the more moisture provided, the more sun it can handle.

Scientific NameRhododendron catawbiense

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7. Lupine




Lupine features beautiful, long spikes of flowers. There are many different species and cultivars available, and hummingbirds should like them all.


They come in all sizes and colors, so there should be some sort of Lupine that fits your hummingbird garden perfectly.


USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Life Cycle: Perennial (some Annual)

Approximate Mature Size: Too many variations to list, but the average is 3 feet tall and wide.

Bloom Time: Depends on zone and variety, but typically May – July.

Light Requirements: Sun to Part Shade


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8. Columbine


Hummingbird flower


Columbine flowers refer to any of the many species from the genus Aquilegia, many of which are native to North America.


I love the unique look of Columbine, and luckily so do hummingbirds! It’s pretty flowers typically bloom in May, right when hummingbirds are making their way back north, so this may be the first plant that you see hummers visiting each Spring.


It’s interesting to note that insects have a hard time accessing the nectar, so hummingbirds should have this flower all to themselves.


There are many species and hybrids available.  For those of us that live in the eastern half of the United States, Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is a great option.


USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Life Cycle: Perennial

Approximate Mature Size: ~3 feet high

Bloom Time: May

Light Requirements: Grows well in the shade. If full sun, provide lots of moisture.


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9. Lily

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There too many species of lilies to count, but true lilies (Genus Lilium) are typically defined by large,  beautiful flowers that grow from bulbs.


Lilies are show stoppers in your backyard garden, and it’s just a bonus that hummingbirds are also attracted to their flowers.


Here are two native species to get you started:


Eastern USA & Canada: Canada Lily (also called Wild-yellow Lily or Meadow Lily)

  • Attracts Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Blooms June – July
  • 3-8 feet high
  • Scientific Name: Lilium canadense


Western USA & Canada: Columbia Lily (also called Tiger Lily)

  • Attracts Rufous Hummingbird
  • Blooms June – August
  • 4 feet high
  • Scientific Name: Lilium columbianum


19 More Hummingbird Flowers!


The nine flowers above are some of the best and most common native flowers that will attract hummingbirds.


But COUNTLESS other plants will also perform well in your backyard hummingbird habitat. Due to time and space, I’m not able to give great descriptions of the rest, but thought it would be helpful to provide a list of other native flowers to check out.

flowers that hummingbirds like

*I need your help! Please use the comments section below to tell us about your favorite hummingbird flowers in your backyard.*


Just a reminder that you will need to do more research regarding each plants zone compatibility, sun requirements, bloom time, etc.


Perennial Hummingbird Flowers, Shrubs:
















Annual Hummingbird Flowers:



  • 25. Petunia
    • *Native to South America, but has been introduced and naturalized across North America.





My Favorite Tip When Choosing Hummingbird Flowers:


Select Different Bloom Times!


If you want hummingbirds visiting your backyard all summer, this is very important. You need to spend some time planning out when each of your flowers is going to bloom.


Remember that hummingbirds start migrating north in early Spring and then leave again in late Summer. Your challenge is always to have one of your flowers in full bloom to provide a natural nectar source.


If you want to view my guides for attracting hummingbirds and designing your backyard hummingbird garden, then check out the below articles:

Final Thoughts


Honestly, this was one of the harder posts that I have had to write.


At first glance, it seemed easy to come up with a list of the best flowers to attract hummingbirds. But once I started doing my research and analyzing the flowers in my backyard, I realized the sheer amount of options that are available and that having a successful hummingbird garden depends on regional differences.


This article will hopefully be a good starting place and point you in the right direction. There are many more native flowers that didn’t make this list, so my advice is to consult a local hummingbird expert or nursery to find the best species or variety of flowers for your specific climate.


Before you go, can you please answer this question in the comments below?


What flowers do hummingbirds like best in your backyard?


Thanks for reading!



71 responses to “28 Common Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds (Native, Easy To Grow)”

  1. Debra Blanton says:

    I live in Tallahassee, FL, which is in the northwestern part of the state. I planted some deep red and some white Pentas in pots that the hummingbirds seem to really enjoy. The blue Salvias in a planter and a purple Butterfly plant gets frequented by Bumbles, Butterflies, and Hummers. I have a bed of yellow and orange Daylilies and a bed of red and pink Snap Dragons that I’ve seen them visit. I was given a feeder by my neighbor that I can view through my sliding glass door from my kitchen and they are making lots of trips to that now, too. They are just fascinating to watch. I had one watch me while I was watching him one day, lol, it was terrific!

  2. Keri says:

    I am in Zone 3 (north of Montreal, Canada) and planted red Salvia Splendens in early June. From the first day of planting, the local Ruby-Throated hummingbirds, male and female I guess as sometimes they look different, have visited. They are now in the habit of multiple visits every single day – or perhaps there are many of them, as I can see them 20-times in a day or more.

  3. Cassie Davis says:

    Yesterday I saw a hummingbird enjoying my black berry blossoms. I didn’t see his chest but his back was a beautiful, brilliant emerald green! I’m in northeast Ohio and have had this bush for about 10 years.

  4. Tessa says:

    I love bee balm! I have two varieties, and although it comes back every year, it is plagued by budworm and/or powdery mildew. I won’t use any pesticides – even natural ones – because I’m so afraid it will harm the hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The two seasons it bloomed without the worms and mildew. It was magnificent!

  5. Barbara Slagg says:

    My butterfly bush in a pot attracted hummingbirds bees and butterflies. I potted it because it is an invasive species but I loved all the creatures that came to visit it. Thank you for this article. I appreciated the links to Amazon.

  6. Jennifer Haines says:

    I live in NJ and my trumpet honesuckle attracts a lot of hummingbirds!

  7. Barbara says:

    I’m in central Missouri and have most of the mentioned flowers and several feeders. Last year I added a few snapdragons to fill a space. The hummingbirds were thrilled. Will be planting more this year.

  8. Tessa says:

    Standard bird baths are typically too deep for tiny hummingbirds. They are attracted to gently bubbling water on a flat surface (I made a bubbling fountain using large, flat stone slabs, a heavy duty plant saucer, a bucket set into a tall planter, and a pump). They also love misters, which are available online or in most garden centers. Google “bird bath ideas for hummingbirds” for photos and more ideas. Good luck!

  9. Faith says:

    I tried to attract hummingbirds for years. Then I planted black and blue sage from burpees. They LOVED them!
    They are perennials where I live. I put them in planters outside my window. ❤️

  10. Beth says:

    Here in South Florida, the hummingbirds are usually just passing through and feeders are a disappointment, so we concentrate more on butterflies. However, we have attracted a few hummers by planting fire bush and lipstick plant. We were surprised to find they like our red button ginger, with flower heads that look like pine ones (dozens per plant). There is usually one tender flower per cone, and the hummingbirds love them.

  11. Melissa Penney says:

    We live in Edmonton Alberta, which is getting close to the most northern and western range of the Ruby Throated Hummingbird. I’ve been working for years to get some hummingbirds in my yard. This year I did a really big focus on it and was rewarded with 4 different Ruby Throats! (I also live in the middle of the city, so this was no small feat). The top 2 hands down were the Vermillionaire (which was also visited often by Tennessee Warblers who also drink nectar) and the Scarlet Runner Bean. My experiment next year will be to add Crocosmia from bulbs and I will wait impatiently for my young Trumpet Vine to finally be old enough to bloom.
    I added Arnold Red Honeysuckle, Dwarf Honeysuckle and Dropmore Scarlet all of which should finally bloom next year.

  12. Teresa says:

    Here in New York (Long Island). besides the trumpet vine. salvia, cardinal flower, monarda, zinnia, and native honeysuckle in our yard, they also love lantana, petunia, cosmos, fuchsia, native hibiscus (and also non-native rose of Sharon – which I didn’t plant but was already growing here). I also have morning glory and purple passionflower, but they’re in an area that I can’t see from the house. I have seen butterflies and bees feeding on these vines and am hoping the hummingbirds are utilizing them too. I recently planted a button bush but have to wait until it flowers to see if it lives up to its reputation as a hummingbird favorite, Native thistle is also supposed to be good. Hummingbirds also need to feed on insects, so avoid pesticides (and herbicides too). Besides planting native flora and providing water sources, maintaining a chemical-free yard is crucial for the health and well-being of all wildlife.

  13. Doreen E. Fulton says:

    Here in Calgary Alberta zone 3b (maybe 4a next to the house) the humming birds seem to enjoy the petunias more than the feeders I have hanging.

  14. Kal says:

    Hi Carolyn,
    I have a birdbath right next to the feeder and wildflowers but they never use it. May I know what type of bird bath you have please

  15. Ginger Hall says:

    I live in Northwestern Mississippi. The hummers here seem to like my daylilies, gladioli, coneflowers, petunias, garden phlox, and sage. However, they gather at the blooms of my hostas as if these are a delicacy rarely offered. I dislike those stalks looking wild and unkempt, but resist the urge to cut them for the hummingbirds. I have never noticed them looking for nectar at my rhododendrons, azaleas, or hydrangeas. I am planting some lilacs and drift roses soon; maybe they will check those out next year.

    Thanks for the article! I bookmarked it for future referencing.

  16. Kathy Duke says:

    Thank you for researching and writing your post! We’re in Mid-Ohio. The hummers are snacking on the red trumpet honeysuckles, the feeder, coral bells, lantana, red salvia and sage, and columbine. I’m not seeing as many as usual but its just starting to warm up. Each year I experiment with something new for the little flyers. You and those commenting offer great ideas!! Thank you again!!

  17. Kathy Duke says:

    Try the sages and potentillas.

  18. Cathy T Scharf says:

    I live in Eastern Ontario and I get lots of Hummingbirds coming to my red bee balm. Its so easy to grow and it multiplies so I have transplanted it all over my yard! Hummingbird Moths like it too, as well as my pink tall phlox.

  19. Alyssa says:

    I’m also in northeast Ohio. Gaura were the most visited in my yard, Oenothera gaura (aka Gaura bienis), rivaled closely by Cirsium discolor (field thistle, one of the native species). The hummingbirds would buzz around in my front wildflower bed, and then zip out back and hit up my lone Tithonia. My neighbor said they also love Liatris, but I haven’t seen them at this yet (or my hummingbird feeder).

  20. Farida Cindy Hosein-Sooknanan says:

    I am from the island of Trinidad and Tobago. We have quite a variety of Humming birds here. One plant I noticed for sure that they love is the Pentas flowers

  21. Anoif says:

    Annual Scarlet Runner beans guaranteed to attract and bonus beans for dinner and freezer!!

  22. Terri Stephens says:

    I’ve never been successful in attracting hummingbirds, though I have many of the flowers you listed. With this list maybe I’ll be able to up my game/garden and get a few of the little hummers around!!

  23. Marjorie Morrison says:

    Great article and I appreciate the comments, as well. We’re in Western Michigan (zone 5) and by far the most successful hummingbird attractor last summer (2019) was the Salvia ‘Amistad.’ It is dark purple with black stems. There are an abundance of Salvias, but this one is a favorite. Another hummingbird favorite is the obedience plant (Physostegia) It is pale pink tall stems with the favored trumpet shape.

  24. Carolyn says:

    When I lived in Northern California the hummers loved my fuchsias , pineapple sage, oriental lilies, lavender and fuchsias. They really loved my lime and lemon trees. One of my neighbors would have 30 hummers at a time. My feeders were always busy too. They also loved my wildflower patch. Don’t forget to have a birdbath with running/dripping water. They took showers and baths in mine.

  25. Jeff Steinberg says:

    Virginia Bluebells are an early Spring native perennial that is very attractive to hummingbirds, even though the flowers are blue. They grow wild in my yard in southwest Michigan. The foliage dies back early in the summer.

  26. Kay says:

    I’m in central Florida and spotted my very first hummingbird early this month. I thought they were a myth where I live. He was on my coral porterweed. I spotted a few more visits, one on chaya tree spinach which has a white flower.

  27. Lise says:

    Nice article! I started a flower bed 2 years ago with about 6 of the plants you listed to attract bees and hummingbirds. Working beautifully. In the late spring I make up an hanging basket with about 8 plants of 4 varieties of Fuschia`s. I hang one in the front and one in the back of the house and the hummingbirds show up less at the feeders and enjoy what mother nature provided for them! Delta, BC

  28. Pam says:

    The deer never bother any of my salvia/sage bushes. However, I am not sure if they will survive the winter in your zone. Mine do best on a southern exposure and I mulch them in the winter. If I forget, they die back some.

  29. Pam says:

    I live in VA. I grow black and blue salvia and pineapple sage. I added agastache this year. I grow succulents and have seen hummers at a bright peach colored flower stalk from one of them. Not sure of its variety.

  30. Sandy says:

    My hummingbirds like Agastache and Ipomopsis. Ipomopsis is easily grown from seed, and blooms late in the season, providing hummingbirds with new nectar.

  31. Dave says:

    Great article Scott. I’m in Toronto, Canada so also only the Ruby-throated and usually only one or two visitors. This year the Trumpet Vine along with the Rose of Sharon’s in Early Sept were the favourites.

  32. Sharon says:

    Hi, I live in eastern Massachusetts and my yard does not get a lot of sun, so difficult to have many plants that Hummers like. They do go to the salvia, also butterfly bushes, and annual Fuchsias that do well in shade. I have a few feeders out, and woodsy here, so probably lots of bugs!

  33. Ann Blanchard says:

    This is my first full summer in my house. I bought a hanging basket with a red flower (some kind of petunia-type flower) at my local grocery store, hoping to attract a hummingbird. I have two that have been here all summer. They LOVE that red flower and they also love my Mexican sunflower. I will have LOTS of Mexican sunflowers next year.

  34. Amber G says:

    I’m in zone 8b and I’ve never saw any Hummer’s in the Canna’s!! I wish they would. I have them in yellow and orange and yellow burst colors. going to get some red for next summer. My mother got these from a neighbor over 30 years ago and they are still going strong here in South Alabama.

  35. Diana says:

    I have several Rose of Sharon (Altheas) here in my yard that the sweet lil hummers love here in N.Central Tennessee. My hubby just pulled my big one and moved it to the backyard

  36. Karen says:

    I’m in west Alabama and my hummers love the perennial Turk’s Cap. I’m not sure if it’s a native.

  37. Mel says:

    I live on west coast of Canada and hummingbirds here absolutely love Crocosmia “Lucifer”.

  38. Lyn says:

    I live in NC. We have 5 feeders and a huge Black and Blue Salvia; a whole bed of Mexican Petunia, which is a great hummer flower; a Butterfly Bush; and lots of Hostas and they still fight more than eat!! LOL

  39. Leah Novak says:

    I live in Indiana and while the hummingbirds like the petunias they LOVE the feeders! Lol

  40. Martina Derrer says:

    If deer are a challenge, maybe get annuals in a basket and hang them high. I’ve seen bright red and orange/gold trumpet shaped flowers, although I can’t remember what their names are.

  41. Terry Wrigley says:

    I have a lot of these flowers/shrubs in my garden, but unfortunately the deer destroy a lot too. Any suggestions for deer resistant flowers & shrubs that attract hummingbirds and butterflies? (I’m in southwest Ontario)

  42. terri says:

    Cannana’s! Got some from an old neighbor many years ago. Yes you have to dig them up in zone 6 (almost zone 5) for the winter and replant in spring, but the humming birds love them

  43. Lynette says:

    I live in northwest Ohio and I typically plant a variety of annual salvias for the hummingbirds since they bloom from the time they are planted until after the hummers leave. This year I decided to plant a cuphea vermillionaire and it has become the most visited flower of all! I plant to plant several next year as well as some of the flowers listed here.

  44. Donica Robinson says:

    Rose of Sharon. Zone 5. I live in Zone 4, but planting it right next to my house seemed to keep it safe and the hummingbirds were all over it.

  45. Dana Calhoun says:

    I live in Pennsylvania always get flowers hummingbirds love, many listed here. They also love my hostas when flowers bloom but this year deer have been destroying many hostas. My question is because someone recommended deer repellent spray, will the hummingbirds still be able to enjoy the hostas flowers?

  46. Michael Sarcione says:

    Hardy Geraniums or cranesbills. I have several pink ones that only boom once mid spring, but the Ruby throats dine on them here on Cape Cod.

  47. Sylvia Rodriguez says:

    I live in Fountain Colorado and the hummingbirds like the Rose of Sharon and the Honeysuckle. We have mama Hummer build a nest right outside our back porch on a string like and enjoy watching her feed baby Hummer.

  48. Jim Smith says:

    I live in Southern California and the hummingbirds like my Lily of the valley and Lily of the nile. I very much like to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to my garden. Your post and all the comments are very helpful to me. Thank you for this.

  49. Susie Douglas says:

    I live in Iowa and the house I bought doesn’t have many flowers around it. Previous owner must’ve had out feeders because I’ve noticed hummingbirds flying around. Lots of good advice on setting up a hummingbird garden. I’m going to try.

  50. Ghalib Ali says:

    I also live in Northeast Ohio, so this write up has been very helpful! Im still in the planning phase, but this will definitely be a valuable reference! Thank you!

  51. Martina Derrer says:

    Is it my imagination or has anyone else noticed how hummingbirds, bees and butterflies do not feed at those hanging baskets you can get at the grocery store. I’m wondering if the hybridization of new species reduces the amount of nectar and are therefore just for show…

    • Scott says:

      Hey Martina, I agree with you and that is probably correct, or the flowers are native to other countries where hummingbirds are not located.

  52. Meredith James says:

    I work at a garden center in the Pacific Northwest and Hotlips Salvia is a very popular selection; we can hardy keep it stocked! Now that I know it attracts hummers, I’ll be bringing one home for my yard!

    My Gaura will be in bloom soon, so I’m anxious to see if they like that flower. I know I do! Right now they’re all over my honeysuckle and my red roses.

    • Scott says:

      Hey Meredith, sounds like you have a lot of experience with flowers! Did this article miss anything you think should be added?

  53. Alma says:

    I’m in North Texas and the hummers here enjoy Red Yucca, Coral Honeysuckle, Autumn Sage, and (non native) Black and Blue Salvia.

  54. Bev says:

    I live in eastern PA and my hummingbirds love the hibiscus plant that I have on the back porch every summer. I also had planted a bag of seeds that were for hummingbirds and butterflies last year and they loved them as well, but attracted a praying mantis, is it true that a praying mantis can get a hummingbird? Also, the hummingbirds love the Rose of Sharon bushes. Thanks for this site, very helpful!

  55. Alice Lowran says:

    Are your pulmonaria in pots or in the ground? I have pulmonaria as a border but have never seen hummingbirds at them.

  56. Alice Lowran says:

    Several years ago I bought a cute annual called “Hot Lips Salvia.” It’s lipstick pink and white flowers immediately attracted hummingbirds to the planter garden on my deck. They bloom all summer, so the hummingbirds are here until they migrate south. Pinch back the branches and it bushes out.

  57. margot gulliford says:

    I plant Streptocarpella (a variety of African violet) in wall- hung pots on my covered back deck and on my front porch. This pretty little plant has violet like flowers on arching stems, and grow well in diffuse and low light. Hummingbirds will fly right into the covered deck and porch to get them and if I am sitting quietly I am often lucky enough to get a little face to face visit before they fly off again.

  58. Lori says:

    I live in Wisconsin and plant my canna bulbs in the spring. They don’t flower until late summer/early fall, but the hummingbirds love them!

  59. Diana says:

    This time of year (May) the hummingbirds love the pink/purple Lungwort flowers in my yard. They also really like the blooming Rhododendron bush. Later on it’s bee balm and phlox.

  60. Martina Derrer says:

    My main concern is early spring. The hummer is here and nothing is in bloom yet. The trilliums have started but I don’t think they are of much interest. I’m toying with the idea of growing stuff indoors and then just putting it out in pots when the weather warms.

  61. Scott says:

    You’re welcome Martina! It can be overwhelming because there are so many great options.

  62. I’m in southern Ontario and in this cold wet spring the hummingbirds are going for the oriole feeder as well as their own, and love the pulmonaria (lungwort) which is one of the very first flowers to show here

  63. Christel says:

    On m balcony the hummingbird really liked the red fortune flower last year hopefully he will come again this year

  64. Susie king says:

    I have lots of hummingbirds.my canalillies are where they stay…and now i have lantana and they swarm it.they come up every year in beds.strange though that they go right past my hydranjas.wonder why?

  65. Marjorie Morrison says:

    I live outside of Grand Rapids Michigan and the hummingbirds in my garden love the zinnias, the obedience plants, and most of all the Mexican sunflower or tithonia. Unfortunately, the deer love the tithonia, too!

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