Attracting hummingbirds is an exciting challenge for the gardener. The plants and shrubs in this
flower garden have all been selected to attract
hummingbirds. All are perennials hardy at least to zone 5 and most to zone
or 4. Their beauty will return to delight you year after year.
The plants in this flower garden range from colorful Butterfy Bush
(Buddleja) to brilliant red Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis),
from the azure spires of Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) to
intense orange Royal Catchfly (Silene regia).
Hummingbirds must be able to see your flower garden from 30-50 feet in the air.
Drifts of bright colors will be easier for these agile fliers to see than
scattered single plants.
To keep a continuous supply of blooms that attract hummingbirds to your
flower garden, you may wish to supplement perennials and shrubs with annuals and
half-hardy perennials such as scarlet salvia, Mexican sage, geraniums,
verbena, nasturtiums, orange and red zinnias and scarlet runner beans.
Avoid using pesticides, which can be lethal to hummingbirds. A
continual water source will complete your hummingbird haven.