Create a hummingbird haven!
It's easy to create a hummingbird hangout with vivid, nectar-filled
flowers to draw them in all season long! There's a wide variety of gorgeous plants that will attract hummingbirds, from annuals to perennials to shrubs. Not only will these plants help bring in the delicate pollinators, but they'll help create a stunning landscape!
The right plants are essential to building the perfect hummingbird haven, and diversity is vital in the design process. Choosing plants that vary in height, shape, color, foliage, showiness of blooms, and bloom periods will ensure the ability to attract hummingbirds throughout the seasons.
-Hummingbirds can be combative, so it's useful to spread out the plants that'll attract them to allow for various hummingbirds to come feed without competition.
-Be sure to skip any chemicals and pesticides that could harm insects, birds, and other wildlife as hummingbirds do eat small insects and will not be drawn to the garden if those insects no longer exist.
-Maintaining native plants in the landscape will help draw in hummingbirds, as they'll look for breeding habitats to nest!
-Providing natural areas for hummingbirds to rest will allow them to feel safe, and thus continue to come back! Dead branches work well within the landscape as a place the pollinators can land and relax without having to constantly be on the lookout.
-Try to keep the hummingbird haven free of cats. If hummingbirds feel threatened, they'll be less likely to come to the garden.
Great choices for a hummingbird haven
Salvia has nectar-rich, attractive spikes of blooms with velvety green foliage that pollinators adore! They will grow to be between 18-36" tall, and their aroma makes them deer and rabbit resistant. This perennial prefers full sun to promote blooms, and it's perfect in mixed containers, or used in borders.
Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon is a graceful shrub! It's adorned with single flowers that continue blooming to the fall! A sun lover, deer and drought resistant, and attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, this shrub is the full package! It's best to prune in late winter once extreme cold has passed.
Phlox produces lightly scented, star-shaped flowers that last through late spring and it has foliage that remains green throughout the season. This plant thrives in full sun to part shade. Phlox is great for any borders you want to edge!
Rhododendrons provide gorgeous blooms and lush foliage. It's an evergreen that is a profuse bloomer and has a compact growing habit. It can be used for hedges, foundation plants, or even in containers. It's the perfect plant to show off!
It’s hard to beat butterfly bush for sheer flower power – these sun-loving plants are some of the longest blooming shrubs you can find. They come in an array of rich, summer-ready colors, bloom continuously through fall, and of course, attract butterflies and hummingbirds by the score!
Columbine is an easy to grow perennial that offers a show-stopping display of two-toned color with unique blooms. It prefers part shade to full sun and works wonderfully in the landscape. While the plants are not hardy, they readily cross-pollinate & seed, resulting in new flowers for years to come!