Top 10 Red Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds

The color of passion and a sign of power, red is also the favorite color of hummingbirds. Give your garden a bold new look with our top 10 favorite red flowers to attract hummingbirds.

It’s the color of passion and a sign of power. Red is one of the most expressive shades around, and when you add it to your garden, the results speak
for themselves.  While a little bit of red goes a long way, more of this bold color goes even further! Don’t be afraid to use red plants in groups of three to four.

Or you might even try a monochromatic look, mixing several different reds in a single container or flower bed.

Red is also the favorite color of hummingbirds. So with a little bit of planning, your yard could be abuzz with these amazing fliers. Take a look at these top perennial picks, and start seeing red this growing season with a few of our favorite red flowers to attract hummingbirds.

Daylily

(Hemorocallis, Zones 3 to 10)

You’ll have blooms all summer when you plant this backyard favorite. Grow just about any shade imaginable in full sun or partial shade.  They reach 10 inches to 4 feet tall and 1½ to 4 feet wide.

Why we love it: It’s a snap to share daylilies with friends. Divide them every three to five years to revitalize and to prevent crowding.

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  1. Cheryl Gilbert says

    I have planted bee balm in two different places in my yard. It has no blooms. Are there different types of bee balm

    • Iris Wickenhofer says

      I ordered some red bee balm from a seed catalog and it has spread prey freely via runners. It seems to prefer the damp soil under the air conditioner drip. The pink bee balm didn’t do so well, but it was planted in poorly drained soil where nothing much grows but weeds. (Ironically, the poorly drained soil is where I tried to start a butterfly garden.) Mix in some sand and a mixture of 2tsp Dawn dish liquid & 3Tbs epsom salts to a gallon of water. Water your poorly performing plants once in awhile with this. Magnesium was really lacking in our soil. I tried this just a week ago and my store-bought zinnias that were acting like plastic flowers, just sitting there and glaring at me with their arms crossed got up and started acting like they were on Victory Garden’s TV show after a drink of this.

  2. P. Swicegood says

    I highly recommend red salvia and sometimes
    lantana. I have sometimes used the nectar, but a perennial plant is so much easier.

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