Top 10 Award-Winning Hummingbird Flowers

You’re sure to lure lively hummers to your backyard with this list of award-winning hummingbird flowers courtesy of All-America Selections.

Summer isn’t quite complete without the cheerful buzz of hummers in your backyard. With so many plants and to choose from, it can be overwhelming to pick the right ones. This is where our friends at All-America Selections can help. We looked at some of their best nectar-rich picks from past years to put together this list of award-winning annuals. Give these hummingbird flowers a try in your garden. Your hummingbirds will thank you!

How’d they get the vote?

These Top 10 plants, like all other AAS winners, are top of their class. How does it work, exactly? AAS is an organization made up of seed-industry professionals, and they conduct confidential and impartial trials of never-before-sold seed varieties throughout North America.

They grow established varieties next to the new entries for a comparison of growth habit, flower or fruit size and many other factors. Only the best performers—eight in 2011—are declared AAS Winners.

Sparkler Blush cleome

(Cleome hasslerana, 2002 winner)

Not your typical cleome, this hybrid was a breeding breakthrough when it was introduced. Densely covered with pink flowers, it’s more closely branched than other cleomes, ­giving it a denser appearance on a more compact plant.

Why we love it: The airy blush-pink florets attract not only hummingbirds, but butterflies and bees, too. It makes an excellent annual garden hedge.

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