Hummingbirds can be kind of elusive, can’t they? Whenever you see one, it’s enough of a novelty to call your friends and family to come and look. If you love hummingbirds, you might have a special feeder out. But why not attract them the 100% natural way? Here are some plants and flowers that naturally attract these amazing little creatures.
1. Chilean Glory Flower
Is this gorgeous or what? The Chilean glory flower is a perennial plant that blooms in late spring and lasts until fall. It’s a climber, too, so if you give it something to climb you can really make a statement.
This popular bloom is a great attractant for hummingbirds. But here’s the secret: go for the red ones. There’s a reason your hummingbird feeder is full of red liquid. Hummingbirds are drawn to red, and you’ll get to enjoy this gorgeous shade in your garden, too.
Choose pink columbine with the red center. You’ll learn they’re not only gorgeous to the human eye, but have a way of attracting hummingbirds, too.
4. Kentish Belle Flower
These sun-loving flowers grow in an evergreen bush that can get fairly large — up to 8 feet by 8 feet. Plant it facing south or west.
5. Bee Balm
Bee balm comes in purple, white, and pink, as well as red. However, for hummingbirds, red is key. These grow 3 to 4 feet high and around 2 feet wide in full sun.
While delphinium can be more tricky to grow, the payoff comes in their gorgeous blue and violet flowers. They’re not red, but hummingbirds still love them.
These thistle-like flowers can bring interest to your landscape and hummingbirds to your garden. And butterflies love Gayfeather, too.
8. Flowering Tobacco
The delicate pink flowers of flowering tobacco are pleasing to the eye, and to the palette of hummingbirds.
9. Hummingbird Mint
Aptly named, hummingbird mint is native to Texas and New Mexico. Its pink flower spikes do best in full sun with well-drained soil. It’s fairly drought-tolerant as well. Hummingbirds and butterflies love it.
Another hummingbird attractant, yarrow comes in yellow, pink, coral, oranges and yes, red. Blooms begin in early spring and can last until the middle of fall. For lasting hummingbird love, give it a try.