Top 10 Vines For Hummingbirds

Attract hummingbirds from the ground up with a few of their favorite flowering vines.

If you want to grow vines,you might think you need a lot of space, but even if your planting area is limited, it’s still possible to cultivate vines in containers on your patio, deck or balcony. But no matter where you decide to plant these vines—in containers or right in the garden—place them where you’ll be able to enjoy the hummingbirds that will no doubt visit the nectar-filled blooms.

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Trumpet Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens, Zones 4 to 9

Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees love native honeysuckle. Planting it in full sun or partial shade and moist soil will encourage the best flowering. The orange-red, trumpet-shaped flowers appear in clusters amongst the blue-green leaves, which persist through winter in southern states. 

Why we love itUnlike a lot of other plants, trumpet honeysuckle grows in clay soil and near black walnut trees.

Mandevilla

Mandevilla, Annual, Perennial in zones 10 to 11

A drought-tolerant vine that can be grown in a container, hanging basket or right in the garden, mandevilla thrives in full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. You’ll find many new cultivars with white, pink, maroon, crimson and bicolor flowers. 

Why we love it:
You can overwinter mandevilla indoors in a warm, sunny location.

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Cup and Saucer Vine

Cobaea scandens, Annual, Perennial in zones 9 to 11

A vigorous grower, give this vine a sturdy support to climb and display its cup-shaped, aromatic flowers. The blooms open green and then mature to purple, lasting about four days. Grow in full sun and provide a bit of afternoon shade in hotter regions.

Why we love it:
The flowers have a sweet musky fragrance and are reportedly pollinated by bats.

Scarlet Runner Bean

Phaseolus coccineus, Annual

Grow scarlet runner bean, a hummingbird favorite, in a sunny spot in your vegetable or flower garden. You can grow these long vines on a trellis, arbor or fence. Regular harvesting will keep the plant producing more pods and its scarlet flowers blossoming.

Why we love it:
The red blooms will brighten the landscape and lure hummingbirds. Plus, the edible beans will amp up your veggie options.

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Canary Creeper

Tropaeolum peregrinum, Annual, Perennial in zones 9 to 10

Take a close look at the bright yellow flowers and you’ll see the inspiration for the common name. Grow this climbing nasturtium in full sun to part shade with moist, well-drained soil. Allow it to scramble through other plants, train it on a trellis or grow it in a hanging basket.

Why we love it:
The sunny yellow flowers are super showy and fragrant.

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Candy Corn Plant

Manettia luteorubra, Annual, Perennial in zones 10 to 11

This noncaloric candy corn is fun for gardeners of all ages. The orange tubular flowers are tipped in yellow, making them look like the Halloween treat. Grow it in full sun to light shade and moist, well-drained soil.

Why we love it:
When the outdoor weather is too harsh, the candy corn plant can be grown indoors as a houseplant.

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Figwort

Asarina scandens, Annual, Perennial in zones 9 to 10

Brighten the summer and fall garden with the indigo, violet, pink or white flowers of figwort. Grow it in full sun to part shade on a trellis or allow the stems to spill over the edge of a hanging basket.

Why we love it:
The flowers resemble snapdragons, which is why figwort is occasionally referred to as climbing snapdragon.

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Purple Passionflower

Passiflora incarnata, Zones 5 to 9

Its unique flowers make this vine a standout in a sunny spot in the garden or a container. You can even overwinter it as a houseplant. Also called maypop, this quick-spreading plant may need a bit of taming. Avoid using other species invasive to your area.

Why we love itIt’s native to the southeast U.S. and also attracts butterflies.

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Trumpet Vine

Campsis radicans, Zones 4 to 9

This is the most classic and well-known hummingbird vine. Native to the eastern U.S. and Canada, trumpet vine thrives in full sun and poor soils. Avoid excess fertilizer because it can prevent flowering. Plant it in confined areas or mow suckers to keep it in check. It’s important to note that it can be weedy or invasive in some southeastern states.

Why we love it:
The orange-red trumpet flowers are a hummingbird favorite.

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Hyacinth Bean Vine

 Dolichos lablab, Annual, Perennial in zones 10 to 11

This purple beauty will quickly cover a trellis or fence and its green leaves, white, pink or purple-pink flowers and purple pods provide season-long color. Grow hyacinth bean in full sun to partial shade. Despite being an annual, it will often reseed in the garden.

Why we love it:
The fragrant blooms are a treat for the senses. Plus, once it’s established, this plant is drought-tolerant.

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