Best Garden Perennials for Hummingbirds
Garden advice on the top 15 perennials to attract Hummingbirds to your yard.
By Teri Dunn, Gloucester, Massachusetts
(Penstemon, Zones 3 to 10)
These come in red, purple and white, and reach heights of up to 4 feet, remaining in profuse bloom for most or all of the summer. Full sun and well-drained soil is ideal (damp or rich soil causes them to rot).
(Asclepias tuberosa, Zones 3 to 9)
Dress up the wild part of your yard with this summer-blooming wildflower in shades of orange and red. It reaches 3 feet tall and is drought-tolerant.
(Lobelia cardinalis, Zones 3 to 9)
A moisture-loving favorite in shades of red, pink or white, cardinal flower grows 3 to 5 feet tall and blooms for most of the summer.
(Aquilegia, Zones 3 to 9)
Blooming exuberantly in spring to early summer, columbines come in a broad range of solids and bicolors, all pretty, all in the 1- to 3-feet range.
(Verbena, Zones 9 to 10)
You can expect summer-long color from these good-looking perennials. The plants feature spires of red, pink, purple or white, and reach about a foot in height. Keep their soil moist; dry conditions can slow or halt flowering.
(Heuchera, Zones 3 to 9)
Rich, fertile soil is best and partial shade is ideal for this handsome plant. Coral bells are valued for their colorful, often purple-hued foliage. Then in late spring, the plant sends up pretty, long-lasting wands of tiny flowers.
(Crocosmia, Zones 5 to 9)
This dramatic plant reaches 3 feet high and blooms in mid- to late summer, with fabulous red or orange blooms. Moist soil is important for flowering.
(Oenothera, Zones 3 to 9)
A good choice for poor or dry soil, this spring to summer bloomer has either yellow or pink flowers. Typically, plants get between 2 and 3 feet tall and may need support.
(Agastache, Zones 5 to 9)
Bushy and studded with blooms from mid- to late summer, hyssop is a favorite. Flowers are violet to blue and also attract bees. Plants can get up to 3 feet high and wide.
(Monarda didyma, Zones 4 to 9)
This beauty blooms up to 4 feet tall starting in midsummer. Choose mildew-resistant varieties for your garden in shades of red, pink, white and purple.
Indian Pink, Pinkroot
(Spigelia marilandica, Zones 5 to 9)
This is a unique addition to any yard. A handsome and tough wildflower of modest size (between 1 and 2 feet high and wide), it blooms in late spring to early summer. Flowers are red and yellow.
(Lychnis chalcedonica, Zones 3 to 9)
With bold red flowers on a plant of 2 to 3 feet high and 1 to 2 feet wide, this bright bloomer will dress up your summer flower garden. Plant it in fertile, well-drained, moist soil.Salvia
(Salvia, Zones 4 to 9)
Annual salvia is a garden favorite, but don't forget the perennials. Loose flower spires come in a variety of sizes, from 1 to 5 feet. The blooms include bright shades of red, maroon, purple and indigo.
(Kniphofia, Zones 5 to 9)
Terrific in mixed flower borders or small groupings, dramatic red-hot poker plants grow up to 4 feet high and deliver bright plumes of red, yellow, orange and bicolors. For best results, well-drained soil is important; these will rot in boggy or moist ground.
(Veronica, Zones 3 to 9)
These ever-popular plants are generally 1 to 2 feet high and wide. They come in purple, blue, pink and white. They do best in well-drained, fertile soil and full sun; they do tolerate some shade for part of the day.