Hummingbirds are incredibly fun to watch, as they zoom around your yard at 30 to 40 mph. The best way to get these little birds to visit is to plant the types of flowers that attract them. Though their diet typically includes insects as well as nectar, they spend a tremendous amount of time visiting flowers.
Hummingbirds have a poor sense of smell, but excellent vision. Their sight is particularly acute in the red end of the spectrum, which suggests why they are attracted to red flowers such as bee balm, cardinal flower, geraniums, honeysuckle, Canadian columbine and trumpet vine.
Tubular flowers are also appealing. A hummingbird's long bill and even longer tongue make it easy to access nectar that other pollinators can’t reach. Plants with tube-like flowers include agastache, salvia, ajuga, heuchera, foxgloves, hosta and sage.
If you offer hummers a feeder filled with sugar water, planting appealing flowers nearby will make the feeder easier for them to locate. The flowers will also provide natural vitamins and minerals that are not present in sugar syrup.
In the list below, you'll find dozens of hummingbird favorites. Offering a variety of flowers that are in bloom from spring through late summer will make your yard and garden a popular destination. To learn more about attracting and protecting hummingbirds, read this article from the National Audubon Society.
FAVORITE HUMMINGBIRD FLOWERS
Trees and Shrubs
Azaleas, Butterfly Bush, Crape Myrtle, Glossy Abelia, Mimosa, Weigela
Coral Honeysuckle, Cypress Vine, Scarlet Runner Bean, Trumpet Vine
Annuals and Perennials
Agastache, Ajuga, Bee Balm (Monarda), Begonia, Blazing Star (Liatris), Bleeding Heart (Dicentra), Butterfly Weed (Ascelpias), Canna, Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Columbine, Coral Bells (Heuchera), Cleome, Dahlia, Dame's rocket, Delphinium, Fire pink (Silene virginica), Four o' Clocks, Foxglove, Fuchsia, Geranium, Gladiolus, Hollyhocks, Hosta, Impatiens, Indian Paintbrush, Iris, Lantana, Lavender, Lily, Nasturtium, Nicotiana, Penstemon, Petunia, Phlox, Sage, Salvia, Scabiosa, Scarlet Sage, Sweet William, Verbena, Yucca, Zinnia.