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8 Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

Readers captured energetic birds zipping through their gardens. These nectar-rich blooms keep them buzzing back for more.

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hummingbird flowers - Bee balm flowerPhoto: William Friggle

Bee Balm

Monarda, Zones 3 to 9

This plant fits the bill. It’s vibrant, tube-shaped and full of nectar—everything a hummingbird wants. Plant bee balm in full sun and in well-draining soil. Then sit back and enjoy the fragrant flowers and the hummingbird show.

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hummingbird flowers - HibiscusPhoto: Tarek Aoun


Hibiscus, Zones 4 to 9

This hardy favourite features flowers that span from four to 12 inches wide. It’s a heat lover, so find a sunny spot and get ready to watch tiny birds visit the gigantic blooms.

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hummingbird flowers - Zinnia flowerPhoto: Michael Castelli


Zinnia, Annual

For a quick pop of colour in the summer garden, sun-loving zinnias are a must. Plant a combination of single-bloom varieties in red and bright pink if you want to make the yard more desirable to hummingbirds.

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SalviaPhoto: Roslynn Long


Salvia, Zones 4 to 11

Salvia is a hummingbird favourite because many other nectar seekers, like bees and butterflies, are unable to access the nectar buried deep in the tubular blooms. That means more for hummingbirds!

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AlstroemeriaPhoto: Maureen Szuniewicz


Alstroemeria, Zones 5 to 10

The vibrant, exotic look of this bulb is super attractive to hummingbirds. It’s also a favourite of gardeners in the West.

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HostaPhoto: Mid Stutsman


Hosta, Zones 3 to 8

Rising up to three feet above the foliage, hosta flowers are nectar-filled and dainty. The blooms last up to six weeks, so they are always at the ready when a hummingbird stops by.

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Cape FuchsiaPhoto: Roy Western

Cape Fuchsia

Phygelius, Zones 6 to 10

At three to five feet tall and wide, cape fuchsia commands attention in any garden, especially when the bright tube-shaped flowers are in bloom. A hummingbird’s slender bill is a perfect fit!

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CrocosmiaPhoto: Barbara Houlihan


Crocosmia, Zones 5 to 9

Fiery red-orange blossoms burst to life in mid- to late summer, offering your resident hummingbirds a sweet treat. For the best flowers, make sure to keep the soil moist.

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