Flow­ers for Hum­ming­birds

Birds & Blooms - - Yard Smarts -

We’re not the only ones at­tracted to these vivid blooms—so are hum­ming­birds! They love tubu­lar or ta­pered flow­ers in any color, and red re­ally draws them in. Try these peren­nial mag­nets to at­tract the winged beau­ties.

Cardinal flower

Lobelia car­di­nalis

Zones 3 to 9 Spiky cardinal flow­ers reach 3 to 5 feet tall and bear white, pink or red blooms. These short-lived peren­ni­als pre­fer full morn­ing sun and af­ter­noon shade. Keep soil moist if planted in full sun.

Bee balm

Monarda didyma

Zones 3 to 9

Seek out a bee balm species na­tive to your re­gion and watch the hum­ming­birds go crazy. Bee balm blooms in a wide va­ri­ety of sizes and col­ors. It grows in full sun but will also tol­er­ate af­ter­noon shade.

Pen­ste­mon

Pen­ste­mon Zones 3 to 9 You can grow these cheer­ful, col­or­ful trum­pets in full sun to light shade. They are per­fect for welldrain­ing soils and tol­er­ate full-sun, drought con­di­tions.

Hardy hi­bis­cus

Hi­bis­cus Zones 4 to 10 Bold, beau­ti­ful and su­per im­pres­sive, hardy va­ri­eties can grow up to 15 feet tall with blooms 4 to 12 inches across! Keep this stun­ner in full sun and in moist, rich soil.

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