Continuing our series on Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden, here are the top ten perennials to attract hummingbirds:
#1. Salvia, sage (Salvia spp.)This is a Victoria Gardens, deer-resistant, full sun favorite.
#2. Bee balm (Monarda spp.)Another deer-resistant, full sun perennial. Plant with air flow as a priority or these can get powdery mildew.
#3. Trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)These are exotic looking, but very cold-hardy.
#4. Beardstongue (Penstemon spp.)"The most distinctive feature of the genus is the prominent staminode, an infertile stamen. The staminode takes a variety of forms in the different species; while typically a long straight filament extending to the mouth of the corolla, some are longer and extremely hairy, giving the general appearance of an open mouth with a fuzzy tongue protruding and inspiring the common name beardtongue." -Wikipedia
#5. Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea)These are best grown against a fence or the house, so that the tall stalks have some support.
#6. Foxglove (Digitalis Purpurea) Technically a biennial. Has two-year life cycle. Grows only leaves first season from seed. Then in second season, blooms, seeds and dies with first frost.
#7. Hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus moescheutos)There is no way the hummingbirds (or your neighbors) will overlook this showy bloom.
#8. Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)Two- to four-foot tall stems are laden with brilliant crimson flowers from July through September.
#9. Columbines - (Aquilegia spp.)Especially Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns' which is a great selection of wild Columbine that grows less than 1 foot tall. (Pictured below.)
#10 Lupines- beautiful and prolific (they reseed like nobody's business.)
Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden - Part 1
Attract Hummingbirds to Your Gardens - Part 2
Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden - Part 3
Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden - Part 4