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Theres nothing more enchanting than seeing a hummingbird flitting about your garden? How do their wings move so fast?! These majestic little creatures are not only beautiful; theyre essential pollinators. By planting nectar-rich hummingbird flowers in your garden, you can enjoy visits from these flying beauties more often and help your local ecosystem too. Pollinators like hummingbirds, are essential to overall health of the earth and survival of humankind, and they also pollinate other plants that include fruit trees and vegetables. Theyre also part of the planets natural pest control and consume common insects like fruit flies, ants, gnats, beetles, mites, mosquitoes, and invasive aphids. 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.

Red-flowered varieties of this early spring North American wildflower are particularly nutritious for hummingbirds. According the U.S. Forest Service, the nectar of red columbine varieties has twice the sugar content of other native columbines.

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All pollinators seem to love sunflowers! Hummingbirds in particular flock to them for their numerous and teeny tubular-shaped flowers (that make up the dark center) that are loaded with nectar. Sunflowers are native throughout North America, boasting 52 species.

The bright red tubular flowers of trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) signal an open buffet to our hummingbird friends. Unlike the invasive honeysuckle you might be more familiar with, McCurry says, this species is native to the Southeastern United States. Consider planting this climbing perennial near a tree, wall, fence, or other garden structure.

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Also known as hardy fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica), this species is a hummingbird magnet. Grow it as a perennial shrub or in a container or hanging basket.

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Hummingbirds, butterflies, and—of course—bees are all attracted to bee balm, also known as wild bergamot. Native to North America, notable species include scarlet bee balm (hummers love the brilliant red flowers) and spotted bee balm (aka horsemint), whose blooms look like little fairy houses.

This showy perennial has long tubular flowers difficult for some pollinators to navigate, but not hummingbirds!

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Delphinium is a vibrant perennial that can grow from 2 to 8 feet tall, though it is not recommended for hot, humid climates. Butterflies and hummingbirds find them irresistible, and youll love them as cut flowers, too.

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Also known as hummingbird vine, its no surprise the birds love this flower. A sunny spot will encourage the most flowers from this easy-to-grow vine that is native in many areas the U.S.

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This vibrant orange-and-yellow flower will add pizzazz to any garden. The flowers are packed with nectar, which attracts hummingbirds. Sun Exposure: full sunUSDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9Soil: neutral to slightly acidic, moistHelpful Tips: use well-draining soil

Chances are this popular, inexpensive flower is growing in your yard already. Choose brightly colored blooms and plant them in a hanging basket to attract hummingbirds.

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Of course, this easy-to-grow flowering shrub is attractive to butterflies, but hummingbirds love the elongated clusters of nectar-rich blooms, too. “I have noticed at my property, the butterfly bushes get the most hummingbird visitors of all of my plants and they bloom until first frost,” says Melissa Lallo Johnson, a Midwest-based master gardener who shares her expansive garden on Instagram at @fancyflowerfarmer.

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This easy-to-grow perennial blooms from summer and into the fall. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to its showy blooms. Opt for common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) versus other species; its native to the U.S.

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This drought-tolerant evergreen grows fast—up to 6 feet tall and up to 10 feet wide. Hummingbirds and butterflies love the pretty flowers.

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Native to the Southwest, zinnias are one of the most popular annuals throughout the U.S. They are easy to grow from seed and will re-seed readily too! Hummingbirds and other pollinators love the bright blooms, which also make for great cut flowers.

The tubular flowers of foxglove are the perfect drinking vessel for hummingbirds. It is a biennial, meaning it has a two-year lifecycle and only flowers in the second year, but it can re-seed. Foxglove is easy to grow and can top out at 5 feet tall.

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Its easy to see where this perennial plant got its name, and the flowers are a rich source of nectar for hummers. Dicentra spectabilis is pictured here, but for an option thats native to the U.S., consider Dicentra eximia, which has fern-like leaves and harkens from the Appalachian mountains. USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9Sun Exposure: partial shadeSoil: neutral to slightly acidic, moist, well-drained

Salvia has the high nectar count that hummingbirds are looking for. The perennial variety Black & Blue is a particular favorite of landscape designer Daniel McCurry of Father Nature Landscapes in Birmingham, Alabama. “My hummingbirds love them!” he says, noting that their height (they grow 3 to 4 feet tall) helps provide a safe feeding area.

“Hummingbirds and their vibrant personalities are fun to watch—they become a part of your family. The goal is to get the birds as much nectar as possible but out of the way of predators,” he says.

You can find salvia in an array of colors and in both annual and perennial varieties, some of which are native to the United States. The Black & Blue is only cold hardy in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7 to 10.Sun Exposure: full sun USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 10, some perennial varieties are hardy as low as zone 4 Soil: moderately acidic, evenly moist, well-drainedHelpful Info: plant in well-draining soil

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Throughout the year, sporadic blossoms emerge to form neon inflorescences that resemble tropical birds. Inside our own yard, our S. This week, reginae began to squawk, and the hummingbirds have already noticed. The purple petals of the flower, which form its nectary, are immediately targeted by the birds.

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Fortunately, the grind of design hasn’t stopped us from noticing that the bird of paradise plant is blooming once more. Strelitzia reginae, the “official flower” of Los Angeles, is flamboyant and commonplace, akin to a starlet. During the off-season, it grows into tall, elegant clumps of long-stalked leaves that are extensively utilized in both public and private landscaping throughout Southern California. They’re drought tolerant and hardy down to 28 degrees Fahrenheit.

Last spring, right before we pruned our S. reginae, we prepared a camera to record a hummingbird enthusiastically consuming from the plant. We think it’s an Anna’s hummingbird, but we’d really like to be sure. Either way, the video, which is played below both forward and backward, makes us incredibly happy.

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With a height of up to 6 feet and a width of up to 10 feet, this drought-tolerant evergreen grows quickly. Hummingbirds and butterflies love the pretty flowers.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 9Sun Exposure: dappled sunlight or part shade (its even okay in full sun in areas that are not too hot) Soil: nutrient rich, evenly moist, well-drainedHelpful Tips: Some hybrids can survive colder temps.

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Are hummingbirds attracted to bird of paradise plant?

Rich in nectar, the unique flowers prove to not only be an instant attractant for hummingbirds, but for most other pollinators as well. Although its exact native origins are a bit foggy, Mexican Bird of Paradise grows exceptionally well in California thanks to our similar climate.

What is the hummingbird’s favorite flower?

Salvia. Tube-shaped flowers of pink, purple or two-tones are a favorite of hummingbirds. There are both annual and perennial types, but they both need full sun.

Do hummingbirds drink from bird of paradise?

Blossoms emerge intermittently throughout the year, forming neon inflorescences that resemble tropical birds. Inside our own yard, our S. reginae started squawking this week, and the hummingbirds have already caught on. The birds go straight for the flower’s arrow-shaped purple petals that form its nectary.