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PLANTS FOR HUMMINGBIRDS

There is a wide variety of flowers that hummingbirds dine on, giving you countless possibilities for your gardenscape. While it's true that hummingbirds love red flowers, they do enjoy other hues. After red, purple flowers come in close second, followed by oranges and yellows. Why is color important? Hummingbirds don't have a keen sense of smell and rely on sight to find the right flowers. Red is nice and easy to find! Tubular-shaped flowers are sought-after as well: they make it easy for the birds to drink their nectar and collect pollen at the same time.

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Bee Balm
Bee Balm

A hands down favorite. There are many varieties. We really like 'Jacob Cline'.

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Hummingbird Mint 'Blue Boa'
Hummingbird Mint 'Blue Boa'

Agastache is also known as hyssop. It's easy care and attracts other pollinators.

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Trumpet Creeper vine
Trumpet Creeper vine

Prolific, vigorous, and very in-demand among the hummingbird crowd.

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Bee Balm
Bee Balm

A hands down favorite. There are many varieties. We really like 'Jacob Cline'.

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Hummingbird Favorites

Bee Balm (Monarda)

Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus)

Cape Fucshia (Phygelius)

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Catmint (Nepeta)

Crocosmia

Fuchsias

Hibiscus

Hummingbird Mint (Any variety. We like 'Blue Boa')

Salvia 'Hot Lips'

Salvia 'Vibe Ignition Purple', 'Radio Red', 'Amistad', 'Black 'n Blue'

Trumpet Creeper vine

Hummingbirds are very territorial, and you may see one or two guarding "their" flowers or feeders, and chasing off newcomers. The best thing to do is to plant many flowers and spread them out in your garden. After all, they can't be everywhere at once!

Don't forget the water: hummingbirds are particularly drawn to bubbling fountains.

If you plan to supplement your garden with feeders, please be sure to use nectar without red dye, which is harmful to hummingbirds. A way to ensure quality is to make your own hummingbird nectar using refined white sugar and water.  Here's a great recipe. Be sure to thoroughly clean your feeders often (more often in hot weather) and enjoy the show!