The 15 Best Colorful Hummingbird Flowers to Grow

The 15 Best Colorful Hummingbird Flowers to Grow

Hummingbird flowers have three things in common. Its flowers are tube-shaped, brightly colored, and grow where it is easy for hummingbirds to hover and nibble. If you want to attract more of these beautiful birds, plant these flowers that hummingbirds love in your garden or garden.

Cardinal flower

Courtesy Lori Dirks

Lobelia cardinalis Zones 2 to 9

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall, 1 to 2 feet wide

Cardinal flower, named after the red robe worn by Roman Catholic cardinals, needs mulch to retain moisture during the summer and protect the root system during cold northern winters. It is one of the best hummingbird flowers to grow.

Why we love it: These deer-resistant, reseeding and self-rooting perennials find partial shade or full sun areas with consistently moist soil. The flower spikes open from the bottom to the top, and remain in bloom for several weeks.

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Bee and hummingbird balmCourtesy Melissa Brewer

Bee balm

Monarda Species, zones 4 to 9

Size: 1 to 4 feet tall

For a surefire way to attract hummingbirds with flowers, plant bee balm. This beauty reaches 4 feet tall in full sun and begins flowering in mid-summer. You can also find many mildew-resistant varieties on the market. Whether you choose native or cultivated species, birds won't be able to resist the nectar-rich flowers. Bee balm needs sun, moist soil and plenty of air circulation to ward off powdery mildew.

Why we love it: After the pink, red, white or purple tubular flowers fade, the round seed heads add beauty in fall and winter and may self-sow.

“I plant bee balm in the middle of my flower beds, and I'm always rewarded with the company of hummingbirds while tending my gardens,” says Miriam Guyor of St. Clair, Michigan.

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PenstemCourtesy Walters Gardens Company

Penstem

Penstem Classify, Zones 3 to 9

Size: 1 to 4 feet

Penstemons are native to North America and come in many forms. It is best to plant those that belong to your region. These hummingbird flowers are low maintenance if you place them in full sun and soil with excellent drainage; They hate wet feet, especially in the winter.

Why we love it: The options are almost limitless. Choose from a wide range of flower colors, including white, yellow, blue, purple, red and orange.

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HostaCourtesy Walters Gardens Company

Hosta

Hosta Classify, Zones 3 to 9

Size: 6 to 30 inches

Although most hostas are grown for their foliage, they also have flowers that hummingbirds love. The large, bell-shaped flowers are an excellent source of nectar in colors from purple to white.

Why we love it: Everyone thinks of hummingbird plants for sunny areas, but little fliers love their sweets in the shade, too.

MintCourtesy Walters Gardens, Inc

Mint

Nepeta Species, zones 3 to 9

Size: 1 to 3 feet tall, often wider than it is tall

Mint is easy to grow, blooms for a long time, is heat tolerant, and is resistant to deer and pests. After the hummingbird flowers fade, snip off the spent flowers and about a third of the stem for a second round.

Why we love it: Hummingbirds especially love the blue flowers of Siberian mint (Nepeta sibirica). Just be aware that this variety can be an aggressive grower.

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Agastache Mango TangoCourtesy Walters Gardens, Inc

Agastache

Agastache Species, zones 4 to 9

Size: 1 to 5 feet

It is no coincidence that the common name of one of the species of agastache is bumblebee mint. This type excels in dry areas. Choose anise hyssop (Agastache vesicle) in more humid northern climates. Small, tubular hummingbird flowers grow on slender stems in a variety of colors and shapes. Full sun and excellent drainage are essential to keep plants happy.

Why we love it: Deer and rabbits leave them alone.

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Red columbine flowerCourtesy Jake Bonello

East Red Columbine

Aquilegia canadensisZones 3 to 8

Size: 1 to 3 feet tall, 1 foot wide

These easy-to-grow perennials tolerate partial to full shade. It replants itself to rejuvenate old plants, which tend to lose vigor after three or four years. This aerial habit allows it to grow among other plants.

Why we love it: Sure, you can find cultivated varieties of columbine, but the native columbine, with its crimson spikes and bright yellow stamens, is an early-season favorite that hummingbirds love.

Psst – Hummingbirds also love the pink nasturtium flowers.

Perennials for hummingbirdsRichard Day/Dawn Pictures
John Clayton Honeysuckle Trumpet

Trumpet honeysuckle

lonicera sempervirens, Zones 4 through 10

Size: 10 to 20 foot vine

If you have a fence, arbor or trellis in full sun or partial shade, plant this colorful honeysuckle vine. Hummingbirds are going absolutely wild for this climber. We don't always recommend using honeysuckle—many species are invasive—but this one is an exception that deserves attention. They are native to many areas, and hummingbirds will visit them throughout the summer in search of their nectar. The vine reaches 12 feet tall and thrives in full sun to partial shade.

Why we love it: After a flush of flowers in late spring, flowers continue intermittently until fall. To trim or not to trim – your choice.

“Trumpet honeysuckle is the most favorite hummingbird plant in my garden. It blooms all season long, produces fruit that other birds enjoy, and is native to the United States,” says Karen Dennis, Plymouth, Michigan.

Psst – Did you know that honeysuckle is the birth flower of June?

Black and blue salviaCourtesy Liz Tapp
Black and blue salvia

Salvia

Salvia Classify, Annual to perennial zones 3 to 10

Size: 1 to 6 feet

Choose sage, any type of sage, hummingbirds love them all. Tubular flowers are well suited for dipping the beak into. Salvias grow best in full sun to partial shade. Annual sage is a favorite in the garden, but don't forget the power of perennial variety. The flowers can reach 1 to 5 feet tall, and bloom in bright shades of purple, indigo, maroon and even red. They grow in full sun, and you may want to add a few extras for the butterflies as well. Check out the 10 best salvia plants to grow for hummingbirds.

Why we love it: Sage plants bloom almost continuously, especially in hot, dry conditions, and come in a wide range of colors and plant habits. Many gardeners grow these hummingbird flowers because they are a good choice that tolerates summer drought. Don't forget to plant it in well-drained soil for best results.

“I never had success with any flowers until I grew black and blue sage,” says Alexa Wojtecki of Muscatine, Iowa.

Also plant Mexican jungle sage and Playin' the Blues Salvia for hummingbirds and butterflies.

Plants that birds loveCourtesy Laura Pettigrew

Zinnia

zinnia elegans, annual

Size: 6 to 48 inches

Humans and hummingbirds love zinnia flowers for several reasons. It is easy to grow from seed. Birds nip from the central florets, and you can cut the flowers to create indoor bouquets.

Why we love it: There are so many colors to choose from! If you grow a rainbow of colors and need green flowers, choose Queen Lime, Envy, Tequila Lime or other chartreuse varieties.

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Flowering tobaccoHorticultural Ball Company

Flowering tobacco

Nicotiana spp.annual

This is one of the best-kept secrets among hummingbird plants, often under the radar. Yes, it is an annual flower, but once gardeners discover the power of this flower, they eagerly plant it again and again. You can find it in a whole host of colors, including pink, white, red, lavender, and green.

Additional tip: Although it varies depending on the variety, this plant is also known for its scent. If you like sweet-smelling flowers in the evening for your moon garden, be sure to choose a white-flowered variety.

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310020774 1 Amy Phillips BNP BBC 2022Courtesy Amy Phillips

Red hot poker

KnevoviaZones 5 to 9

Pale yellow at the base and deep orange at the top, hot red poker flowers are one of the most dramatic and eye-catching flowers in the garden. Some varieties have additional orange flavor. The plants grow up to 4 feet tall and are among the early summer bloomers.

Additional tip: You really want to plant it in well-drained soil. They are susceptible to rotting in swampy or even wet soil.

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248078148 1 mindy davis bnbhc20Courtesy Mindy Davis
Broad-tailed hummingbird on delphinium

obstacle

obstacleZones 3 to 7

This towering treasure makes a statement on the back of mixed borders, as a vertical accent or in a container. With dozens of flowers on each stem, it gives hummingbirds plenty of nectar sources to share with butterflies and other insects as well.

Additional tip: Some delphinium varieties, such as Summer Blues, are bluer than others. For heat tolerance, try the Blue Mirror variety.

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Trumpet vine and hummingbirdCourtesy Eric Toomey

Trumpet vine

Campsis RadicalsZones 4 to 9

We see dozens of pictures of hummingbirds on trumpet vine, and there's good reason. They love this sweet beauty! It is a perennial favorite of both butterflies and hummingbirds, and grows up to 40 feet tall.

Additional tip: When you grow this stunning plant, it pays to invest in a good trellis, or place it next to a tree, telephone pole or sturdy fence. If you can provide good support for this vine, it will last for years.

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300786713 1 Lisa Klebach Bnb Hpc 2022Courtesy Lisa Kleback

Coral bells

HeucheraZones 3 to 9

Don't ignore the power of pink, a color found in many species that we typically think of as having red flowers. Coral bells are prized for their foliage and shade tolerance. In late spring, the plant sends up small, attractive, long-lasting flowers that hummingbirds love all summer long.

Additional tip: Spend some time learning about the different cultivars, which have some of the most diverse and beautiful foliage options in the garden. It won't be long until you have your own favorites.

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Fireworks factory

A large firecracker factoryCourtesy of Proven Winners, provenwinners.com
Vermillionaire Factory of Large Firecrackers

“Every year I put out a big pot of the big fireworks plant (Cobia) on my deck. Hummingbirds come within mere inches of me all summer long! says Janet Doherty, Scarborough, Maine.

“I had two fireworks factories (A cup of fire) in pots next to my shed last summer. Every time I went out, I would see two or three Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. They were even sitting on the clothesline near the shed. They loved those flowers! says Susan Michalowitz of Lockport, New York.

Red canna lily

Hummingbird canna lilyCourtesy Andrea Garvin

“Every time I look at the red canna lilies, I see a hummingbird flying overhead,” says Lisa Vaughn, Fairfax, Virginia.

Cactuses

“My cactus blooms four or five times each summer, sending up large, 4-foot stems covered in bell-shaped flowers. The hummers sit on the branches and feed,” says Lauren Smith, of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Autumn sage

“My favorite is fall sage. The abundant blooms are best in spring and fall. I also grow Turkish cap and coral honeysuckle for hummingbirds,” says Cathy Ebbers of Aledo, Texas.

Dark fuchsia eyes

“Our hummingbirds love Hot Lips salvia and Dark Eyes fuchsia,” says Andrea Moore of Anacortes, Washington.

Lucifer Crocosmia

Hummingbird flowers, CrocosmiaCourtesy Luke Chapman

“Hummingbirds love Crocosmia lucifer and enjoy it more than the nectar from the feeder. I love watching them visit this perennial plant year after year!” says Jan Hardy of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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