Hummingbirds make great pollinators for our gardens. Hummingbirds also help with pest control as they eat aphids, ants, fruit flies, and other small insects that can be destructive to gardens. Attracting hummingbirds to your garden can be as simple as placing a hummingbird feeder and growing plants to attract hummingbirds.
Some people ask why are pollinator gardens important, and really they do provide many benefits to your garden. Check out this article to learn how to attract pollinators to your garden, and I've shared below some plants to specifically attract hummingbirds.
Should a hummingbird feeder be in the sun or shade?
You will want a mixture of sun and shade in the area that you place your hummingbird feeder. Too intense of sun will make the nectar heat up and spoil.
What time of day are hummingbirds most active?
Hummingbirds tend to be most active really early in the morning, and late in the day, before sunset.
What is a hummingbird's favorite flower?
Tubular, brightly colored flowers are a favorite among hummingbirds. These plants hold the most nectar that is sought after by hummingbirds.
Favorite plants to attract hummingbirds
The following flowers are beloved by hummingbirds, and planting them throughout your yard and garden areas will likely attract hummingbirds.
Morning Glories - Morning glories make a great addition to trellises and fences around your home and garden. These easy to grow perennials can be forgotten and will thrive attracting hummingbirds with their bell-like shape.
Trumpet - Another great vine option for your garden is trumpet vine. These bright orange flowers are the perfect shape for hummingbirds to sip and their bright colors make them easy to spot while flying around.
Lilies - Hummingbirds love lilies and the more variety of lilies you add to your garden the better for attracting different types of hummingbirds to your garden. Day lilies make a great tall-growing spring backdrop for large areas.
Sage - Add sage to your herb garden and allow it to flower after harvesting enough for your family. The bright purple flowers of sage will attract hummingbirds to your herb garden.
Cardinal Flowers - Cardinal flowers are one of hummingbirds' favorite flowers. These bright red bell-shaped flowers are easy to work into your garden and attract hummingbirds with both their color and shape. These flowers pull on the attraction to the color red hummingbirds are well known for.
Zinas - Zinas make a great small wildflower perfect for attracting hummingbirds to your garden beds and walkways.
Foxgloves - Foxgloves make a fun addition to your flower beds and these bright purple flowers have the perfect shape for attracting hummingbirds.
Scarlet Bee Balm - If you are looking for a show stopper flower for your garden that will attract hummingbirds a great option is scarlet bee balm. These large bright flowers come in hummingbirds' favorite color and can add a pop of wow to both herb and flower gardens.