If you have an attractive yard or patio — or even just some pots on your deck — then there’s no reason why hummingbirds can’t be attracted to your home. It may take some time, but once they do visit, you’ll marvel at how beautiful and active these little creatures become when in our company! When your backyard is filled with flowers and vibrant foliage, hummers will flock to them like moths to a flame. The following gardens all feature plant species native to North America that draw hungry hummingbirds like flies to a light bulb.
1. Blue Mist Spruce
This spruces attracts lots of attention from both bird visitors and people walking by because its blooms resemble blue mist floating across an azure sky. Its leaves also make great mosquito repellent, so consider this tree as part of your outdoor living space. Plant it near water where it has room to grow tall enough to create shade over smaller ground cover plants.
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2. Pink Moccasin Flower Bush
The pink blossoms of this shrub give off a sweet scent that makes hummingbirds curious about what’s inside. They fly down to peep into each bloom, which contains dozens of small white seeds covered in sticky sugar syrup. This bush grows up to 5 feet high and 2 feet wide, making it ideal for hiding out spots behind fences or decks.
Plant it next to taller bushes such as roses and eucalyptus to help block their view of the rest of your garden while providing a nice place for hummingbirds to hide among the flowers.
3. Red-Leafed Fragrant Sumac
Sumacs’ large clusters of orange buds open into showy scarlet red flowers during late spring through early fall. These bright colors entice hummingbirds away from other sources of food such as honeysuckle, and the fragrant oils released after rain keep them coming back again and again.
In addition to being lovely in color, sumac trees look good in any type of landscape setting. Their thick trunks add height, and the dense green leaf growth provides shelter from strong winds. As far north as Massachusetts, you can enjoy this beauty year round.
4. Purple Cone flower
A favorite of monarch butterflies, purple cone flowers produce flat seed pods similar to corn kernels that contain hundreds of black seeds coated with sugary pulp. After the pod splits open, the thin husk falls off, leaving only the brightly colored fluffy cones hanging onto the branch.
If you live in areas colder than Zone 4, don’t expect many monarchs to come calling since they prefer warmer climates. However, hummingbirds love these colorful flowers, especially the males who feed on the pollen found within the fruit bodies. Gather several together and hang them upside down to dry before giving them to kids to collect.
5. Black Eyed Susan/Roses
There aren’t many things prettier than a rose growing along a fence post or alongside a driveway leading to your house. Not only does this arrangement offer privacy, but it’s also full of nectar-producing flowers and juicy berries that hummingbirds relish eating.
You can easily care for this kind of landscaping yourself without having to worry about pest control, disease prevention, watering schedules or fertilizing needs. Just cut the stems below any thorns and dead leaves when needed and allow new shoots to poke out between the old ones.
6. Golden Pothos
These tropical vines cling to whatever supports they touch, including treetops and power poles. During summer months, their glossy gold hue shines against the vivid greens of surrounding plants. Some varieties release masses of yellow nectar, attracting not only hummingbirds, but bees and ants too. One popular variety called “Yellow Blaze” produces huge golden globes filled with tangles of hair-like stamens.
Another version known as “Gold Flame” releases heavy amounts of fragrance throughout the entire season. Although this vine is very slow-growing, it doesn’t require much maintenance either. Simply trim away dead tips and snip off extra suckers around new growth every few weeks.
7. White Yarrow
Yarrow’s feathery grass-green leaves stand out against lighter shades of green elsewhere in the garden. On sunny days, it releases a deliciously sweet smell that draws most types of pollinators, including honeybees and bumblebees. To encourage yarrow’s natural tendency toward self-seed dispersal, let go of any unused clumps after harvest. Then simply pull apart the remaining stem segments until you reach soil level. A sprinkle of lime dust mixed with sand will discourage weeds from taking root nearby.
8. Butterfly Bushes
Like yarrow, butterfly bushes naturally spread seeds by dropping loose flower heads when ripe. Unlike yarrow though, they often drop those head right beside ripe tomatoes, peppers and squash fruits. That means they can potentially contaminate homegrown vegetables with pesticides, making organic gardening easier.
For best results, leave these bushy shrubs alone unless you want to use them as windbreaks, screen corners or privacy hedges. Otherwise, simply prune away diseased wood and unwanted limbs. Once cleaned up, you can turn this otherwise unattractive shrub into a stunning focal point in your garden.
9. Rosemary bush
While you might think rosemary looks better planted outside, it actually performs well indoors. Many people choose to put one or two spiky specimens on their kitchen counters as decoration. And although fresh herbs normally wilt quickly after harvesting, rosemary keeps its form thanks to its rigid, fleshy roots. Use them to anchor potting mixes that already include compost and peat moss. With proper moisture and nutrient levels, it should last for years.
10. California Fuchsia
Fuchsias are gorgeous annuals that burst into spectacularly bold blossom displays in midseason. While most kinds won’t survive outdoors due to extreme cold temperatures, the California fuchsia is capable of thriving in Zones 8 and 9.
Since it requires less sun exposure than other fuchsias, it becomes increasingly popular with homeowners seeking colorful additions to indoor landscapes. Like many other houseplants, the California fuchsia thrives with minimal effort once established. All it really needs is a bit of regular feeding with weak liquid fertilizer made specifically for houseplants.