Attracting Hummingbirds to your Garden

It’s fun to watch hummingbirds visit your flowers or feeders for nectar. You can help attract more hummingbirds to your garden by making it a place they like to visit with their favorite flowers, feeders and colors. 

Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, so choose red flowers where possible. They also prefer to feed on taller flowers, so plant flowers and flowering perennials of varying heights. Hummingbirds are also attracted to sunny areas, so make sure your hummingbird garden gets plenty of sunlight. 

Male hummingbirds are very territorial. Sometimes you can observe a male chasing another away from an area he has claimed, complete with aerial dog-fights and furious chirping! Females will also chase males away from nesting areas as the male’s brighter coloring may attract predators. 

A hummingbird feeder will supply your hummingbird visitors with a food source even when you don’t have their favorite flowers in bloom.  To make your own hummingbird nectar, mix 4 parts sugar to 1 part hot water until completely dissolved.  Do not add red coloring (it can harm hummingbirds).  Fill your favorite hummingbird feeder with the cooled sugar solution.  Extra nectar can be stored in the refrigerator. Empty and clean the feeder weekly with vinegar & water (not soap).  To repel ants and bees, coat the hanger and the feeding tubes with petroleum jelly. 

Place the feeders near your hummingbird flowers in a sunny area. If you have multiple feeders, keep a distance between them so one hummingbird doesn't’ “claim” them all and chase off other hummingbirds coming to feed.

Hummingbirds have great memories, and once they learn you have made your garden a hummingbird paradise, they will return year after year, delighting you for many seasons to come.


Plants that are Hummingbird magnets

Annuals & Perennials

Adams Needle (Yucca spp.)
™›Anise Hyssop (Agastache spp.)
™Beard Tongue (Penstemon spp.)
™Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
™›Catmint (Nepeta spp.)
™Clematis (Clematis spp.)
™›Columbine (Aquilegia spp.)
›Coral Bells (Heuchera spp.)
™›Cross Vine (Bignonia capreolata)
™›Daylilies (Hemerocallis spp.)
™›Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana spp.)
™›Foxglove (Digitalis spp.)
™›Fuchsia (Fuchsia spp.)
›Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
Geraniums (Pelargonium spp.)
™›Hollyhock (Alcea spp.)
™›Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.)
™›Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica)
™Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida & I. capensis)
›˜Larkspur (Delphinium spp.)
™›Lilies (Lilium spp.)
™Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia spp.)
™Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moschutos)
™›Rosemary (Rosmarinus spp.)
™Salvia (Salvia spp.)
Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus Roseo-sinensis)
™Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans)
™›Verbena (Verbena spp.)
™Yellow Jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens)

Shrubs & Trees

Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)
Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Buckeye (Aesculus spp.)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Flowering Crabapple (Malus spp.)
Hawthorn (Cratagus spp.)
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia spp.)
Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles spp.)
Wisteria (Wisteria spp.)
Azalea (Rhododendron spp.)
Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus)
Weigela (Weigela spp.)
Lilac (Lilac spp.)