13 Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

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Wondering which flower varieties to plant to get your garden humming? These beautiful flowers are ideal for hummingbirds, with their long, narrow beaks designed to reach deep into the necks of tubular flowers. There are also some small flower varieties if you don't have a lot of room in your garden.

Building a garden with diverse trees, shrubs, and flowers helps draw these nectar-loving birds to your landscape. Discover these cheerful flower species that not only look stunning but will invite hummingbirds to visit. Here are our top picks to attract hummingbirds.

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Lydia™ Tecoma

Lydia Tecoma
  • Botanical Name: Tecoma
  • Sun Exposure: Full
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, Loamy, Sandy
  • Soil pH: Slightly Acidic (6.1-6.5)

Unlike traditional varieties, Lydia blooms from early spring until the first frost. This flower grows more compactly and has fewer seed pods, so it's an excellent choice for smaller gardens. Continuously blooming in bright yellow petals, the Lydia Tecoma make great cut flowers. Deadhead flowers to promote new growth.

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Bells of Fire Tecoma™

Bells of Fire Tecoma Hummingbirds
  • Botanical Name: Tecoma
  • Sun Exposure: Full
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, Loamy, Sandy
  • Soil pH: Slightly Acidic (6.1-6.5)

An evergreen mid-sized shrub with a subtropical to tropical appearance and bell-shaped flowers, this new variety is more compact and has more color range. This plant flowers from summer to fall, but deadheading will promote new growth. Butterflies also love this species.

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Saucy™ Wine Salvia

Saucy Wine Salvia
  • Botanical Name: Salvia splendens
  • Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, Moist
  • Soil pH: Slightly Acidic (5.5-6.5)

A stunning Salvia variety with a neat but vigorous plant habit, lush green foliage covered with burgundy-red flowers, and spikes from April to November. Sterile and self-cleaning, so there is no need to deadhead. This flower always looks full yet tidy.

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Saucy™ Red Salvia

Saucy Red Salvia
  • Botanical Name: Salvia splendens
  • Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, Moist
  • Soil pH: Slightly Acidic (5.5-6.5)

A gorgeous Salvia variety with a neat but vigorous plant habit and lush green foliage, it's covered with a sizzling scarlet-red flower that spikes from April to November. Sterile and self-cleaning, so there's no need to deadhead. Use mulch one or two inches deep around the plant, but avoid the stem.

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Stars and Stripes™ Pentas

Stars and Stripes Pentas
  • Botanical Name: Pentas lanceolata
  • Sun Exposure: Full
  • Soil Type: Well-drained
  • Soil pH: Slightly Acidic (5.5-6.0)

Hummingbirds will buzz around these vivid red flowers with pink centers. Stars and Stripes™ Pentas produce abundant clusters of blooms from spring to fall. Attractive variegation marks the foliage.

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Ultra Violet™ Buddleia

‘Ultra Violet’ Dwarf Butterfly Bush
Southern Living Plant Collection
  • Botanical Name: Buddleia
  • Sun Exposure: Full
  • Soil Type: Well-drained
  • Soil pH: Slightly Acidic to Neutral (6.0-7.0)

The lush purple flowers of buddleia (commonly referred to as butterfly bush) will also draw honeybees and hummingbirds to your yard. Plant this deciduous shrub in a border garden or a container, and watch it rebloom from spring to fall. Removing blooms for cut flowers will help promote new growth.

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Ever Sapphire™ Agapanthus

Ever Sapphire Agapathus
  • Botanical Name: Agapanthus
  • Sun Exposure: Partial
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, Moist, Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy
  • Soil pH: Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline (5.5-7.5)

This drought-tolerant plant produces vibrant blue blooms on stalks that can grow up to two feet tall. It blooms in early spring and reblooms throughout summer. Cut showy stems for a seasonal arrangement.

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Solar Glow™ Sunbow® Azalea Series

Solar Glow Sunbow Azalea Hummingbirds
  • Botanical Name: Rhododendron
  • Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
  • Soil Type: Well-drained
  • Soil pH: Acidic (4.5-6.0)

This brilliant spring-blooming deciduous azalea has larger, more colorful, and more showy blooms. It works great in light shade and sunny locations. With the added attraction of honey-suckle fragrance, these are a great addition to your garden.

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Crazy Pink™ Echinacea

Crazy Pink Echinacea
  • Botanical Name: Echinacea
  • Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, Loamy, Sandy
  • Soil pH: Acidic to Neutral (6.0-7.0)

Large daisy-like flowers with drooping, pink petals surround a large orange button-shaped cone. Blooms appear earlier than other coneflowers. This flower brings power blooming to the border garden, capable of over 100 flowers on a mature plant.

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Love and Wishes™ Salvia

Love and Wishes Salvia
  • Botanical Name: Salvia
  • Sun Exposure: Full
  • Soil Type: Well-drained
  • Soil pH: Acidic (5.5-6.5)

These tough plants bloom in deep purple flowers from early spring until the first frost. This Salvia will form a ball of color in your yard with no pruning or deadheading unless you want to promote new growth. These flowers are deer-resistant and blossom on dark, glossy green leaves.

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Miss Lemon™ Abelia

Abelia_Miss_Lemon Hummingbirds
Southern Living Plant Collection
  • Botanical Name: Abelia Hybrid 'Hopleys'
  • Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
  • Soil Type: Well-drained
  • Soil pH: Acidic (5.5-6.5)

Deer-resistant abelia shows off variegated yellow-and-green leaves and produces light pink flowers from summer through fall. Plant this easy-to-care-for shrub along a border, in a raised bed, or a container. A mature plant can reach three feet tall and four feet wide.

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Cosmic Firestorm™ Lantanas

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Southern Living Plant Collection
  • Botanical Name: Lantana
  • Sun Exposure: Full
  • Soil Type: Well-drained
  • Soil pH: Acidic (6.0-6.5)

Cosmic Firestorm lantanas deliver year-round color to your yard in red, orange, yellow, and multi-colored. This long-blooming, drought-resistant plant attracts hummingbirds and butterflies with its fiery-colored flowers. Lantana is typically cold-hardy, but some species are more tolerant than others.

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Light Show™ Red Bottlebrush

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Southern Living Plant Collection
  • Botanical Name: Callistemon viminalis
  • Sun Exposure: Full
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, Sandy, Loamy
  • Soil pH: Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline (6.0-8.0)

This rugged, drought-tolerant dwarf shrub shows off dense emerald foliage and scarlet red flowers. Light Show™ Red Bottlebrush is a heat-tolerant plant that thrives in full sun from spring through summer. Mature plants can reach three to four feet tall and two to three feet wide.

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