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.

Spirea

(Spiraea, Zones 3 to 8)

If you want an easy-to-grow shrub with exciting color, look for a spirea at the garden center. While they provide several seasons of interest, it’s the summer blooms that are impressive. Sure, the individual flowers are tiny, but together they pack quite a punch. Spirea prefers full sun. It’s important to find a cultivar that’s right for your space—some grow only 18 inches tall, while others can get to be several feet.

Favorites: Many spirea blooms are white, so we like the cultivars that offer pink flowers as an alternative. Pink Parasols and Double Play are a couple of our favorites.

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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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