Plant These Eye-Catching (and Nectar-Rich) Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard
Is there anything as enchanting as glimpsing a hummingbird flitting about your garden? How do their wings move so fast?! These majestic creatures are not only beautiful; they are important pollinators. By planting nectar-rich hummingbird flowers, you can enjoy their visits more often and help your local ecosystem too.
Hummingbirds’ favorite flowers tend to be tubular, which are suited to their long, thin beaks. That includes blooms you might not think of, like sunflowers, whose centers are formed by tiny, closely packed tubular flowers. Hummingbirds also favor red flowers (and red hummingbird feeders, but skip the red dye). According to BirdNote Podcast, their eyes have adapted to spot reds and yellows, but these tiny birds are also quite intelligent and will change their color preferences to favor the most nectar-rich source.
Where you plant hummingbird flowers will depend on each plant’s sun and soil requirements, but make sure your garden design includes some safe places to perch, according the U.S. Forest Service. See our favorite trees for small gardens for ideas (and be sure to check for hummingbird nests during spring pruning). For a safe, elevated feeding area—and a showy garden ornament—incorporate some cascading, tubular flowers in hanging baskets, like petunias or fuchsia.
Cluster each type of hummingbird flower in your garden for an ample nectar supply, and include a variety with staggered bloom times to provide a steady food source spring through fall. (But don’t be afraid to start small, even with just one plant, we’ve had success bringing our neighborhood hummers over for visits!) Also, avoid insecticides and pesticides for the hummingbirds' safety.
If you’re looking to offer a welcoming home for all pollinators, good news! Many of these flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies and bees! See our lists of flowers that attract butterflies and flowers that attract bees for more ideas.
Our Favorite Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds
Add a few of these beautiful annual and perennial hummingbird flowers to your garden. These nectar-rich, tubular flowers attract hummingbirds, as well as bees and butterflies, and will turn your yard into a haven for pollinators.