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.

Potentilla

(Potentilla fruticosa, Zones 2 to 7)

It’s one of the longest-blooming shrubs around, beginning to flower in late spring and then continuing until fall. Northern gardeners love it because it does well even in frigid Zone 2. Potentilla loves full sun and well-drained soil; blooms are typically yellow. The shrub is on the small side, from 1 to 4 feet tall, usually with a mounding habit.

Favorites: Coronation Triumph is one of the earliest-blooming potentillas. We also like Abbotswood, an introduction from the Netherlands that has few problems with insects or disease.

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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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