Top 10 Summer-blooming Shrubs

Attract hummingbirds and butterflies with these summer-blooming shrubs that provide a robust nectar source in your own backyard.

Gorgeous springtime blossoms…fantastic fall color…tasty winter berries: When it comes to shrubs, these come to mind first. But superb summertime blooms? Yes, actually! You can find a whole slew of shrubs that flower in summer, which makes them outstanding nectar sources for hummingbirds. So we couldn’t think of a more fitting issue than our annual hummingbird special for our Top 10 summer-blooming shrubs. Add a couple of these summer-blooming shrubs to your backyard, and you’ll keep the hummingbirds (and butterflies) happy for years to come.

Butterfly bush

(Buddleja davidii, Zones 5 to 9)

With arching spikes full of purple, white, pink or yellow florets, butterfly bush will bloom from midsummer through the first frost. Gardeners prize it for its impact—it can grow up to 15 feet, with hundreds of blossoms—and because it will endure drought and heat. Plant in full sun. Note that it’s considered invasive in some areas, though new varieties are seedless; check before planting.

Favorites: The new choices are many, including several smaller varieties. Look for the Lo & Behold Blue Chip cultivar, which grows to only a couple of feet, or the English Butterfly Peacock, which tops out at about 5 feet.

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  1. says

    wish I had my OWN backyard to attract the little hummers with plants that draw them! I do miss my folks summer house with 2 hummer feeders!! Watched them close up as the back door window – about 4 foot away! If you stay very quiet, they will stick around & feed while you watch!

  2. Peggy S says

    Another great summer bloomer is hypericum. The one I have also gets great berries that turn from pink to black, and the leaves turn color well. It is a fairly low mound.

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