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The 5 Best Plants to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garde

Hummingbird's Favorite Nectar Filled Plants

 

Hummingbirds are fun birds to watch.  They hover while drinking from long tubular flowers with their long tongues.  Hummingbirds are very territorial so multiple feeders are required for everyone to get a drink.  As an alternative, you could plant perennials that hummingbirds love and feed them nature’s nectar.

Hummingbirds prefer the nectar of red, orange, and pink flowers, but will drink from others.  At least nineteen species of plants in the eastern United States are pollinated primarily by the ruby-throated hummingbird, the only hummingbird east of the Mississippi.  West of the Mississippi, there are nineteen species of hummingbirds that are regularly seen in the United States.  

Here are our five picks for the best hummingbird attracting perennials wherever you live.

 

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Butterflies are not the only ones attracted to butterfly weed.  Hummingbirds love them, too.  Butterfly weed is native to North America.  It is typically found in dry, rocky open woods, glades, prairies, fields, and roadsides.  Butterfly weed has flowers in golden yellow, orange, and red/Burgandy and green leaves.  In addition to butterflies and hummingbirds, butterfly weed attracts bees, moths, and other pollinators.  Deadheading the spent blossoms will make the plant produce more blooms.  Butterfly weed is heat and drought tolerant, and deer and rabbit resistant.

Zone

Height

Width

Bloom time

Sunlight

3-9

1-2 feet

1-1.5 feet

Spring, Summer

Full Sun


Indian Pink Plant (Spigelia marilandica)

 

Indian pink plants are native to North America and grow in forests.  They have long red flowers with yellow middles and dark green leaves.  Indian pink likes dappled sunlight so is good for under trees.  In addition to attracting hummingbirds and pollinator insects with its flowers, the seeds of Indian pink plants attract songbirds.  This plant is very fire resistant.  One note of caution is that all parts of the plant are poisonous.

Zone

Height

Width

Bloom time

Sunlight

5-9

1-2 feet

1.0-1.4 feet

Late Spring, Early Summer

Partial Shade


Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)

Trumpet vine

 

Trumpet vine is a vigorous woody vine that climbs up structures and other plants.  It has orange tubular flowers and dark green leaves.  Native to the southeastern United States, trumpet vine grows in swamps, forests, and thickets.  It is naturalized in much of the northeastern United States.  Trumpet vines are moderately resistant to deer, drought, and heat.  Expect to prune the vine to keep it in check or it will outgrow its space.


Zone

Height

Width

Bloom time

Sunlight

4-10

30-40 feet

1-10 feet

June-September

Full Sun, Partial Shade


Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Virginia bluebells are attractive to hummingbirds despite being blue.  The foliage is purple at first before turning bluish green to grayish green. The buds are pink and open to reveal blue flowers.  Virginia bluebells are native to central Canada and the central and eastern United States.  They like floodplain thickets and forests.  Virginia bluebells attract bees and other pollinators in addition to hummingbirds.  They are rabbit resistant.

Zone

Height

Width

Bloom time

Sunlight

3-9

1-2 feet

1-1.5 feet

Spring

Deep Shade, Partial Shade


Red Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

The red cardinal flower is native to North America and likes to grow in moist woodlands, wet meadows, and along streams and ponds in the wild.  The leaves are a dark, shiny green and the flowers a brilliant red.   Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are also attracted to this plant.  The plant is poisonous if eaten in large quantities.

Zone

Height

Width

Bloom time

Sunlight

3-9

4-5 feet

1-2 feet

Late Summer/Early Fall

Partial Shade, Full Sun


Other Hummingbird Needs

Hummingbirds need water and shelter in addition to food.  They appreciate some nesting material to line their nests, too.

Water

A bird bath or water fountain will provide water for baths.  Place a brick in a bird bath so the hummingbird can perch and reach the water easily.  Most of the water a hummingbird needs comes from nectar, but they like a drink from time to time, too.

Shelter

Hummingbirds like to nest on the small limbs of trees and shrubs.  They seem to prefer trees with rough bark and lichens to smooth barked trees.  The nests are the size of a golf ball.  They sometimes nest in shrubs that have nectar bearing flowers.  Their nests are usually 5-20 feet in the air with nothing but the tree limb under them.

Nesting Material

Hummingbirds collect spider webs to hold their nests together.  The female lines the nest with soft blossoms such as milk thistles and milkweed.  She camouflages the nest with lichens and leaves to hide it from predators.

Hummingbirds prefer long tubular flowers in red, orange, and yellow.  They will sip nectar from other flowers, though.  To attract the birds to your yard, provide water, shelter, nesting material, and nectar.  Natural nectar is much better for hummingbirds than artificial nectar.  Plant different flowers that bloom from spring through late fall for the best results.  Butterfly milkweed, Indian pink plant, trumpet vine, Virginia bluebells, and red cardinal flower are all good choices to provide nectar to your hummingbirds.

Spigelia Indian Pink

Spigelia Indian Pink

Spigelia Indian Pink is a native wildflower beloved for its striking tubular, red-and-yellow flowers that attract hummingbirds and thrive in shaded woodland gardens. It offers many benefits when incorporated into landscaping projects, enhancing outdoor spaces' visual aesthetics, ecological diversity, and overall vibrancy. This unique perennial plant presents distinct features that contribute to various aspects of landscape design. Indian Pink produces clusters of tubular, bright red flowers with yellow throats during the summer months. These vibrant blooms contrast stunningly against the surrounding foliage and are eye-catching focal points within gardens, borders, and other landscaped areas. The distinct coloration and unique flower shape of Indian Pink add a touch of elegance and visual interest to the landscape. Its adaptability to different light conditions and soil types enhances its landscaping benefits. It can do good in sun and shade, making it versatile for various planting locations. Its ability to grow well in well-drained soils contributes to its suitability for mixed borders, woodland gardens, or naturalistic landscapes, allowing for creative integration into diverse design concepts. Beyond its aesthetic contributions, it also plays a role in supporting pollinators and wildlife. The tubular flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinating insects, contributing to local ecosystems and enhancing biodiversity. Its presence can help foster a balanced and thriving natural environment within the landscape. Its moderate growth habit and manageable size make it a practical choice for landscaping. It can be strategically placed within smaller gardens, among other perennials, or as a border plant. Its relatively low maintenance requirements make it accessible to novice and experienced gardeners, adding a touch of elegance without requiring extensive care. In conclusion, Indian pink offers a range of benefits that enrich landscaping endeavors. Its vibrant floral display, adaptability to light and soil conditions, ecological contributions, and practical attributes make it a valuable addition to outdoor spaces. By integrating it into landscape plans, individuals can create visually captivating, ecologically supportive, and well-balanced environments that showcase their unique qualities while enhancing the overall appeal and vitality of their surroundings. Buy your Indian Pink from TN Nursery! Spigelia Indian Pink, scientifically known as Spigelia marilandica, is a stunning perennial herbaceous plant native to the southeastern United States. This enchanting wildflower is cherished for its vibrant and striking appearance, making it popular among garden enthusiasts and nature admirers. Standing at a height of around one to two feet, it boasts an elegant and slender profile. Its slender stems are adorned with whorls of lance-shaped, glossy green leaves that provide a lush backdrop for the show's star - the striking tubular flowers. The most distinctive feature of this plant is undoubtedly its mesmerizing flowers, which are the highlight of any garden where it is grown. Spigelia Indian Pink Has Spectacular Flowers The flowers of the plant are nothing short of spectacular. Emerging in late spring to early summer, these tubular blossoms are rich, deep scarlet-red, almost resembling an inverted firework explosion. The vibrant hue of these flowers adds a burst of dramatic color to any garden or natural setting. Each flower is about one inch long, with a five-lobed corolla that flares open at the tips, creating a star-like appearance. The petals are lined with intricate yellow streaks or stripes, which serve as nature's navigational beacons for pollinators. Speaking of pollinators, Spigelia Indian Pink is a favorite among hummingbirds and butterflies. The tubular shape of the flowers is specially adapted to attract these nectar-loving creatures. As they hover around the blooms, sipping nectar, they inadvertently pollinate the plant, ensuring its continued propagation. This captivating wildflower is a favorite in woodland gardens, shaded borders, and naturalized settings. It thrives in well-drained, rich, and slightly acidic soil, making it adaptable to various garden environments. Its preference for partial to full shade makes it an excellent choice for those seeking to enhance the beauty of shaded corners of their landscapes. In conclusion, Spigelia Indian Pink is a remarkable and visually striking wildflower that adds a touch of natural splendor to any garden. Its elegant form, dazzling scarlet-red flowers, and ability to attract pollinators make it a cherished choice for gardeners who appreciate the beauty and biodiversity that native plants bring to their outdoor spaces. With its enchanting presence and unique characteristics, it is a testament to the beauty of nature's creations.

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Trumpet Vine

Trumpet Vine

Trumpet Vine is a vigorous, deciduous woody vine known for its showy, trumpet-shaped orange or red flowers and ability to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. It is a popular choice for covering fences and trellises. It offers many benefits when integrated into landscaping projects, enhancing outdoor spaces' visual allure, ecological diversity, and functionality. This deciduous woody vine presents unique qualities that contribute to various dimensions of landscape design. One of the standout benefits of using it in landscaping is its striking floral display. Trumpet Vine produces large, trumpet-shaped flowers in vibrant shades of orange, red, or yellow during summer. These bold and colorful blossoms create a captivating focal point that adds vibrancy to the landscape's fences, arbors, trellises, and other vertical structures. Its unique flower form and vivid hues add a touch of color and drama to outdoor spaces. Its hardy growth habit enhances its landscaping value. The vine's twining stems can quickly cover large areas, creating a lush and verdant backdrop. This growth pattern makes it an excellent choice for adding privacy, screening unsightly structures, or enhancing the landscape's vertical dimension. Beyond its aesthetic contributions, our trumpet vine plants for sale also play a role in supporting pollinators and wildlife. The nectar-rich flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies, contributing to local ecosystems and enhancing biodiversity. Its presence can help foster a balanced and thriving natural environment within the landscape. Its adaptability to various soil types and its ability to tolerate different lighting conditions enhance its landscaping benefits. It thrives in sun and shade, making it versatile for multiple planting locations. This adaptability allows homeowners and landscape professionals to use Trumpet Vine creatively, from adorning fences to accentuating garden structures. In conclusion, our trumpet vine plants for sale offer a range of benefits that enrich landscaping projects. Its vibrant floral display, hardy growth habit, ecological contributions, and practical attributes make it a valuable addition to outdoor spaces. By integrating it into landscape plans, individuals can create visually captivating, structurally dynamic, and ecologically supportive environments that showcase their unique qualities while enhancing their surroundings' overall appeal and vitality. Order your Trumpet Vine at TN Nursery Trumpet Vine: A Beautiful, Versatile Plant  The trumpet vine (Campsis radicans) is a beautiful plant that attracts monarchs and hummingbirds. It is native to the eastern United States and grows well in zones 4-9. Trumpet vines can be grown as shrubs or vines and are very versatile. They thrive in full sun or shade and prefer moist soil. In this blog post, we will discuss the many uses of trumpet vines in the garden and how to care for them.    Our Trumpet vines for sale are an excellent choice for covering unsightly walls or fences They can also be trained to climb trees, trellises, or other structures. Trumpet vines bloom from late summer to early fall, and the flowers are very showy. They come in various colors, including red, orange, yellow, and pink. Trumpet vines are also attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.    Trumpet vines are relatively easy to care for. They should be fertilized in the spring with a well-balanced fertilizer. Before new growth begins, trumpet vines can be pruned in the late winter or early spring. If you are growing trumpet vines as a vine, you must support them to climb on.    Trumpet vines can be an asset to any garden. With their showy flowers and versatility, they are sure to add beauty and interest to your landscape. So don't hesitate to add a few trumpet vines this year!    The vine is considered unique because of its many uses in the garden. Trumpet vines are an excellent choice for covering unsightly walls or fences. They can also be trained to climb trees, trellises, or other structures. Trumpet vines bloom from late summer to early fall, and the flowers are very showy. They come in various colors, including red, orange, yellow, and pink. Trumpet vines are also attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Trumpet vines can be an asset to any garden. With their showy flowers and versatility, they are sure to add beauty and interest to your landscape.    Trumpet vines are native to the eastern United States and grow well in zones four through nine. Trumpet vines can be grown as shrubs or vines and are very versatile. They thrive in full sun or partial shade and prefer moist soil. Our Trumpet vines for sale are relatively easy to care for. They should be fertilized in the spring with a well-balanced fertilizer. Trumpet vines can be pruned in the late winter or early spring before new growth begins. If you are growing trumpet vines as a vine, you must support them to climb on.

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