Plants that Attract Hummingbirds

How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden


Do you love to watch hummingbirds fly around your garden? Learn which types of plants attract hummingbirds and how to create a hummingbird-friendly environment in your garden!

Attracting Hummingbirds

For centuries, gardeners have been fascinated with the beauty and aerobatics of hummingbirds. The key to attracting hummingbirds to your yard is to plant lots of flowers and provide the habitat that will give them shade, shelter, food, and security.

  • Herbs, flowering shrubs, dwarf trees, and vines can all be used to create an ideal tiered habitat from ground level to 10 feet or more.
  • Provide lots of space between plants to give hummingbirds enough room to hover and navigate from flower to flower.
  • Hummingbirds love water, especially if it’s moving. A gentle, continuous spray from a nozzle or a sprinkler hose is perfect for a bath on the fly.
  • Hummingbirds do not have a keen sense of smell and rely on bright colors to find their food.
  • They are particularly fond of red and are often observed investigating feeders with red parts, red plant labels, red thermometers, and even red clothes on a gardener. Note: Do not use red dye in a hummingbird feeder; there is concern that it may harm the birds. Instead, use plain, clear sugar water (1 part white sugar mixed with 4 parts water). The birds love it! If your feeder does not have red on it, attach a red label or other item to attract them.
  • Brightly-colored flowers that are tubular hold the most nectar, and are particularly attractive to hummingbirds. These include perennials such as bee balms, columbines, daylilies, and lupines; biennials such as foxgloves and hollyhocks; and many annuals, including cleomes, impatiens, and petunias.
  • Find more tips for introducing hummingbirds to your garden here!

An often–asked question is, “Why do hummingbirds hum?” We can’t say for certain, but suspect that it might be because they don’t know the words!

All jokes aside, the real answer is that hummingbirds are capable of beating their wings up to 80 beats per second, producing a buzz audible to human ears.

Hummingbird at purple flowers

Flowers that Attract Hummingbirds

Here’s a list of flowering plants that attract hummingbirds. Choose varieties in red and orange shades.

Many of the plants that attract hummingbirds also attract butterflies. Learn more about attracting butterflies to your garden.

Common Name Latin Name
Beard tongue Penstemon
Bee balm Monarda
Butterfly bush Buddleia
Catmint Nepeta
Clove pink Dianthus
Columbine Aquilegia
Coral bells Heuchera
Daylily Hemerocallis
Larkspur Delphinium
Desert candle Yucca
Iris Iris
Flowering tobacco Nicotiana alata
Foxglove Digitalis
Lily Lilium
Lupine Lupinus
Pentas Pentas
Petunia Petunia
Pincushion flower Scabiosa
Red-hot poker Kniphofia
Scarlet sage Salvia splendens
Scarlet trumpet honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens
Soapwort Saponaria
Summer phlox Phlox paniculata
Verbena Verbena
Weigela Weigela

Hummingbird at feeder

Hummingbird Facts

Hummingbirds are one of the most interesting birds! Here are some fun facts about these little birds:

  • Bee hummingbirds are the tiniest of all birds, weighing less than an ounce and measuring only 2 inches long.
  • Their brightly-colored, iridescent feathers and quick movements make them appear as living sun catchers—hence their nickname, flying jewels.
  • Hummingbirds have the unique ability to fly in any direction, even backward, with their wings beating up to a blurring 80 beats per second.
  • Plus, they can hover in midair when sipping nectar from brightly–colored flowers with their long, slender beaks.
  • While whizzing about the garden, hummingbirds expend so much energy that they must eat at least half their body weight each day to replace the calories that they burn up. This means eating almost constantly—from sunrise to sunset—and visiting over a thousand flowers every day.
  • You can hear the call of a ruby-throated hummingbird here.
  • Learn more about hummingbirds here.

If you’re a fan of hummingbirds, you probably like to see other birds flying around your garden, too. Explore these tips for a bird-friendly garden.

Do you have hummingbirds or other birds in your garden? Let us know in the comments below!

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Why my hummers won't visit my Columbine?

I have many lavenders around my house, hummers love them and visit frequently...
But noticed they never get close to my blue Columbine or even stop to check the flowers
Thank you!

More than 200 Hummingbirds on my terrace

I had some hummingbirds feeders that ONE hummingbird was jealously protecting.. then about four years ago, more than ONE HUNDRED of them arrived at the same time. They probably came to the gigantic park which surrounds us, but because of the drought, all the bushes were brown and dry. So they came to me and staid. Of course, I rushed to the bird store and came back with a lot of feeders and ready nectar. Now i use sugar of course. They are here all year long and meanwhile they had babies. So now I have 33 big feeders on my terrace and probably more than 200 coming at dawn and sunset because they have to fly around to find a place at the feeders. A BLISS! But also very tiring for me and expensive. So the solution is planting what they need. I live in the Santa Monica Mountains in Sth CA. Hot in summer, it may freeze in winter, even for just one night but the succulents die. The soil is poor as it is. And very dry. Unless we add rich soil and water a lot. What do you advice me as plants that are perennial and don't ask much, and also which plants can have nectar in winter since the hummingbirds are staying here.with us?


Hi Mijanou,

Lupine, trumpet creeper, and bee balm are all great options for hummingbirds. But don’t worry about trying to feed all of the hummingbirds that come to your house: They will find food wherever it is and don’t rely on you to survive. 

Shrub in the picture

I have one of the shrubs shown in the picture with the hummingbird visiting the purple tube shaped flowers. I have been asked many times what it is, and for the life of me I cannot remember. Can you please tell me the name of the plant? Thank you!

Shrub in the Picture

The plant in the picture is a purple variety of Iochroma cyanea.

no hummers in front yard/several now in back!? No male hummers

I put a feeder in the front yard in April. Had to throw food out no action. My front and back yards are full of flowers of all colors. I feed other birds in my back yard. I have seen
cedar waxwings, woodpeckers and many more. I recently put my hummer feeder in my peach tree(in back) and have started getting female hummers but no males so I can't identify my hummers. I live in Colorado's front range. Can I do something more to invite the males? Thank you for your help. Sally

Attracting More Hummingbirds

The key to attracting more male hummingbirds is simple: attract more female hummingbirds! Males are highly territorial and will spend all day defending their favorite drinking spots, so the best way to attract more of them is to spread out more feeders across your property. Hummingbirds also appreciate having somewhere nearby to perch, so try placing your feeders near shrubs or small trees. Planting more of the flowers recommended above may also help to increase your hummer population. Here’s a handy guide (with images) to common hummingbird species in your area: Hummingbirds of Colorado.

NO to sugar water!

Please do some research and delete the above- mention of using sugar water. We now know that it weakens their eggshells and they are crushed by their mothers. I love these birds so much, and I hate to see that this misinformation is still out there.

Sugar Water Nectar

Hi Rick,

There is a lot of controversy over what to feed hummingbirds, but regular sugar water, made with plain white sugar (not turbinado or raw organic sugar), and boiled water are definitely ok. The red dye #40 found in commercial hummingbird nectars is the problem; It is a petroleum based chemical that causes hummingbirds to contract cancerous tumors, liver legions, and skin rashes, as well as causing weakened eggshells. Hummingbirds are tiny and consume massive amounts of the dye, which is toxic in high doses. We appreciate your concern and for pointing out potentially incorrect information. Thank you for writing!   

GMO sugar made from

GMO sugar made from genetically engineered sugar beets I'm sure is not good for any living creature. At least pick organic sugar.



There are multiple hummingbirds gathering at my feeders but only one at a time. What ideas might encourage the other hummingbirds to feed at the same time? It looks like there is some territorial behavior by the dominant hummingbirds.

Thanks for ideas.


Hi Francisco,

The simplest way to get more hummingbirds to feed at the same time would be to put up a few more feeders. Hang them at different heights about 3 feet away from each other, and the space should allow them to feed at the same time.

hummingbird calories

Why does this article claim that these little guys burn 12,000 calories per day when the San Diego Zoo claims 7 calories per day. An ounce of pure sugar (4 fl oz of feeder mix) is only 111 calories. This is confusing me.

Hummingbird Calories

Thanks for catching that! It seems to be a common misconception that hummingbirds consume so many calories. We’ve updated the page accordingly.

humming bird tree

dont exact name think silk tree but has tulips flowers that last all year it attracts butterflies and humming birds. sell farmer seed catalog with there version heart nut tree looks like horse shoe nut. not walnut kind. They have another tree called tulips tree. it looks like good humming birds but is not. so make sure get right one. silk tree has bright orange flowers something different white apple trees good state high up as ohio

Allen's Hummer's and Anna's Hummer's

I live 10 miles from the coast in So Cal. All summer I had Allen's hummer's, approx 15. Hard to count. I was hoping for an additional type of hummer. Winter came & 6 or so Allen's stayed. Hooray!! Anna's have come now & are spending the winter here with Allen's. I have 7 feeders, a fountain & lots of flowers, vines & dwarf citrus. I have taken pics of hummer's feeding from the blueberry blossoms and the dwarf citrus tree blossoms. I love my little buddies even though they don't feel the same & dive at me. Can't scare me away!!


I get several (well 3 or 4) that I don't know what type they are from having a single feeder out here in Inland Empire area of So-Cal. They really help a lot in pollinating my Boysenberry and Red Raspberry vines. Haven't seen them go near any other plants but I have a variety of vegetables and small fruits growing (ie: tomatoes, peppers, beans, peas, lettuce, strawberries, grapes, melons, and what-not) in a fairly small garden (maybe 400 sq ft). They are fun to watch, even my puppy dog just stares at them and won't bark lol.


Yes we have hummingbirds!!!
Sadly only for a short while, end of our winter gone before summer.
Live in zone 10 east coast of Florida
I really enjoy reading this site great info.


Don't forget this flower - I grow it from seed each spring and the Hummingbirds LOVE them!

Bushes for attracting hummers

So glad I found this site. We live just north of Chicago and have 4-5 hummers all summer long. Our sister and husband live in Huston, TX. They have a bush that is called Hummingbird Bush that attracts hummers and butterfly's. I've looked up the name, but have had no luck finding any information. By any chance do you know which bush this is and would it grow in our zone, which I believe is 5.

hummingbird bush

Perhaps you are thinking of the “Butterfly Bush”? This bush is also a top hummingbird attractor. It’s called Buddleia davidii and fine for zone 5. You can learn more about it here:

Hummingbird Bush

I just happened to see your question for the Old Farmer's Almanac in October of last year about the "Hummingbird Bush" in Houston, TX. Almanac got it wrong... I'm in Houston & the bush is Hamelia Patens. It loses its leaves in the Winter here. Go to to find out if it can grow in that zone. That site is a good knowledgeable source for any questions you might have.

hummingbird bush

Thank you for your feedback. You are correct, there is a “hummingbird bush,” also called fire bush, scarlet bush, and other names, that is Hamelia patens. This bush is hardy in Zones 8 to 11; it may die back in a freeze in Zones 8 and 9, but will recover. Houston is USDA Hardiness Zone 8b. Hamelia patens likely would not do well in the previous reader’s Zone 5, but it may have been the bush that the reader had in mind.

Hummingbird Bush

There is a species of the Summersweet shrub that is called a Hummingbird bush. Long white flowers similar to the Butterfly Bush. Hummers, Bees and Butterflies all like it. The other variety of Summersweet they like is called Vanilla Spice.

hummingbird picture

Hello may I use this hummingbird picture for my facebook business page?

hummingbird photo

Yes, this particular photo is fine to use. Thanks for asking!

Hummingbird Health

There's a photo on this site showing a hummingbird feeder with red liquid in it. Please inform your readers that the red dye in the store-bought liquid is dangerous to hummingbirds, and that they should buy clear liquid or simply make their own sugar water. If they want to attract the hummingbirds using the color red, it's very effective to tie a red ribbon around some part of the hummingbird feeder. I've attracted lots of hummers using a single red ribbon and clear liquid. Here's to the good health of our delightful little friends!

hummingbird food

Hi Barbara, Thank you for your feedback. You are indeed correct that hummingbirds don’t need red dye in the feeder, especially as most feeders have some type of red plastic at the base to help attract them. Although some scientists do not agree, there is the possibility that certain red dyes may cause health problems for the birds. With this is mind, just use plain sugar water without the dye; as you have found, it works just as well, and is closer to the nectar that they feed on in the wild. It is also important to clean the feeder routinely and refill with new food to keep free of mold. Use 1 part white sugar with 4 parts water–do not use honey. We have removed the photo. Thank you, The Old Farmer’s Almanac editors.

Hi, I just found ur site.

Hi, I just found ur site. This is great. I have a hummingbird visit every year for 5 years. I plant petunias galore and feeder. I now keep real clean. Thanks for info. One thing though, I have peach orangey gladiolus. That's what he likes. He sits on the plastic tie on the stakes and goes crazy. I was able to get a pic. So wonderful. Also purple bristle brush flowers,I think Liatris. He prefers the glads over the rest. I didn't see that mentioned so I thought I would let ya'll know. I live in Gig Harbor,Wa. Just love the little guys. Thanks again.

Hi! I live on the Jersey

Hi! I live on the Jersey shore, Seaside Heights, before Sandy storm lived here for 13 yrs. now back again, I'm wondering if I can attract them here??? I enjoyed them for 3 yrs in Manchester Twp and hoping to see them again! Trying anything!!!

Humming Right Along

Hi, Joyce: There’s no real reason that they couldn’t come to Seaside, assuming that you don’t live under some sort of permanent salt spray. Follow the tips in the text above and in the thread involving “Sarah” on April 25 below. And be patient. Plant the flowers. Put out your feeders and keep them fresh and clean. And be in there for the long haul seasonwise. When one source of food “dries up,” hummers even at the end of summer will go looking for the next best thing–which could be yours. And once they find you, they will stick with you if you stick with them. Good luck!

Thank you! I know it's early

Thank you! I know it's early and I will not give up! I've started with a beautiful fuchsia plant hanging near feeder!

That sound?

Hi, again, Joyce: That’s the spirit! What’s that whirring sound we hear?!!

Hummers in seaside heights

I just seen my first hummer at my feeder!!! I am so happy!!! Lol


I'm new at this. I have a red hummingbird feeder. I placed it on my fence. It does have part shade near a small tree. Put sugar water in it. Have not seen one hummingbird. So disappointed. Help


Depending on where you live the hummers are just arriving. The best way to attract them to your yard is to plant some of the flowers listed in the article -- lots of them, in fact. Once the hummers are attracted to the flowers, they will also find your feeder. However, be sure to clean the feeder often. If a hummer finds moldy sugar solution they won't be back and the mold can actually harm the hummers. I wash my feeders twice a week in warm weather or even more frequently if it is really hot. Look up directions for how to wash them. No soap!


As Sarah has advised, planting flowers, or even providing a hanging basket of long tubular flowers such as those mentioned in our article will help to attract the birds. Having the tree nearby is good, and the feeder in part shade. Keep up with fresh food, as well. Also, the hummingbirds are just arriving in the north, as far as the ruby-throated hummingbird, which is the only one we have in the eastern half of the United States. The West enjoys several species of hummingbirds. There are several migration maps on the Web that tell you when the hummingbirds are arriving across the nation, including some up for Spring 2016, such as:

It may take a while for the birds to discover your feeder, but you’ll likely find that they will start appearing within a month.

what types of plants would

what types of plants would robins like?

Plants Robins Like

Here are some plants that attract robins: Mulberries (Morus species), Serviceberries (Amelanchier species), Crabapples (Malus species), Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina), Nannyberry, arrowwood (Viburnum species), Winterberry (holly) (Ilex verticillata), and Wild Grapes. They love fruiting trees. They also need a source of water. 

Hummers love this flower but

Hummers love this flower but I do not know what it is...Could you identify it for me?

Thank You


I was doubtful at first but I

I was doubtful at first but I am very pleased to see hummingbirds visiting my feeder. There are honeysuckle vines, lupines, hot poker, salvia, weigela, foxgloves, cardinal flower, bee balm, butterfly bushes, and penstemons in my backyard. So far, I have only seen the weigelas, some salvias, some bee balms, and a butterfly bush blooming. Do you have a recommedation list of plants that bloom according to seasons? I am seeing gaps in blooming and only have a feeder as a constant source of nectar.

Hi Frank, Here's a link to a

Hi Frank,
Here's a link to a helpful page with lots of flowers for spring/summer/fall.

Thank you for this web link.

Thank you for this web link. I really like the chocolate cakes for hummingbirds. To encourage watching hummingbirds, I was given two red buckeye trees this past weekend. What tip(s) are worth considering in planting trees as part of a hummingbird habit?

By far our best loved flower

By far our best loved flower for the hummingbirds is simple, old-fashioned Four o'clocks. We throw the seed in the box on the side of our bed every spring and have a lush bed of flowers that last long ito fall.

I noticed that some websites

I noticed that some websites think 3:1 is better than the 4:1 ratio. It seems that we are all using 4:1. One website said that the higher concentration of sugar was closer to the trumpet flower. Any thoughts on this?

4:1 ratio is pretty close to

4:1 ratio is pretty close to the sugar concentration found in many flowers. In warmer weather the birds don't need as much energy as in spring and fall. It's common to up the ratio to 3:1 later in the summer when days are getting cooler and the birds are getting ready to fly south. A 3:1 ratio also spoils quicker in hot weather.

I have had very good luck

I have had very good luck with petunias, especially red, pink or purple, also with bright orange and yellow marigolds. I have also had them come to rose of sharon, columbine, impatiens, and cosmos. When we lived in Virgina I had hummer feeders every ten feet along our deck railing. If I forgot to refill the feeders (or the raccoon had been eating the candied ants from them) my birds would fly over to me, stop in front of my face and chirp at me. Once while gardening I had a hummer land on my hand while drinking from my marigolds. Totally awesome experience!!

I live in PA. Are there any

I live in PA. Are there any flowers that will attract hummingbirds that don't require alot of sun

Yes! You might find the

Yes! You might find the following page from the Penn State Extension useful--it contains a list of hummingbird plants. Look for those with the symbol "PS" for partial sun or "S" for shade. Options include bleeding hearts and Virigina bluebells in shade. In partial sun, trumpet honeysuckle, azaleas, coral bells, and scarlet sage are among the plants listed.

Are Hummingbirds attracted to

Are Hummingbirds attracted to the Crimson Passion Flowering Vine? I have a only a few hummers and would like to attract more.

Yes, passion flowers attract

Yes, passion flowers attract both butterflies and hummingbirds.

Everyone says hummingbirds

Everyone says hummingbirds are attracted to red. I take photos of hummingbirds in the Southern California area. They are attracted to all nectar-sweet flowers and all colors. Here is a slideshow showing many flowers they come to in the Los Angeles area; yellow and orange aloe, lavender Mexican sage, white and purple butterfly bush, bird of paradise, Mexican bird of paradise. In our area are Rufous, Anna's, Allen's and Black-chinned hummingbirds.

My husband bought me a

My husband bought me a Hummingbird swing and I would like to know a good location to place it. Are they okay to be near a feeder? Thank you

Hi Mimi, Thanks for asking.

Hi Mimi,
Thanks for asking. Yes, put the swing near a feeder.

I live in Tucson and have one

I live in Tucson and have one feeder during the winter which usually has several hummers feeding. Even though my feeder is supposed to be bee proof the bees started attacking the feeder and sucking it dry in a day or two. My flowers are all in a "greenhouse" for the winter. I have tried jelly to distract the bees and that worked for about 2 or 3 days and then they were back at the feeder. What can I do to provide for my hummers? Do you think additional feeders will help or will the bees just move from one to the other?

Some tube feeders can be

Some tube feeders can be drippy, which attracts bees. Be sure to wipe the feeder clean of sugar solution each time you refresh it, and check for drips each day.
Some say that a saucer or basin type feeder works well, and has less drips that would encourage bees. It places the food too far down for the bees to reach, but the long hummingbird tongues can get to it.
Other tips include placing a second feeder in shade. Bees tend to go for those in the sun.
Avoid feeders that have yellow on them, as this color can attract certain bees.
You might also try changing the solution to have less sugar. For example, if you are using 4 parts water to 1 part sugar, change it to 5 parts water to 1 part sugar.
You can also try moving the feeder to a different location several feet away--some insects may not catch on where the food went. Or, you can remove the feeder for a few days, which might encourage the bees to look for other food sources instead.

Thank you. I will try your

Thank you. I will try your suggestions and see what happens.

I live in Pensacola, FL and I

I live in Pensacola, FL and I have never seen a humming bird here. I have a feeder out with food. Are they native to this area?

There are 16 hummingbird

There are 16 hummingbird species that live in North America. Several species have been seen in Florida, and three are native: ruby-throated, rufous, and black-chinned, with the ruby-throated being the most common. You might be interested in these sites, which provide information and photos about some species:
To increase the chances of attracting hummingbirds to your yard, plant a few hummingbird plants. These will provide better food (nectar) for the birds than sugar water in the feeders. Although they like the feeders, for them to get the energy they need for daily tasks and migration, they'll need lots of nectar. The first site mentioned here lists hummingbird plants for parts of Florida. The guidelines of the article on also will help you choose plants to invite the birds.
For more Florida plant lists, see:

I also live in Pensacola, Fl.

I also live in Pensacola, Fl. Saw my first hummingbird of the year last Saturday. I have begonias, petunias, geranium, pansies,chenille plants, and some lilies on the patio and in the planter. I also have a feeder with 4:1 sugar:water. Since putting up the feeder I have seen a few drinking from it. Can get hot here so I am already changing the water every other day in the spring. Just keep looking because they are in Pensacola and then gone in a minute. We are part of their migration route Love to watch the birds and happy to see this website.

I do have a question for the moderator. I read about 3:1 and 4:1 ratio. I have been using the latter but some say the 3:1 is closer to trumpet vine. Curious what you think?

4:1 is the recommended ratio

4:1 is the recommended ratio

After learning that

After learning that hummingbird migration patterns bring hummers to the Northeast (we live in western Massachusetts) as early as mid-April, I put out my feeders the last week of April. Within about 10 days, we started seeing hummingbirds on a regular daily basis, both female and male. I also have a variety of hummingbird-attracting shrubs, perennials and annuals. We live in a fairly densely populated area of a small town. All of a sudden, about the first week of June, we stopped seeing the hummingbirds altogether. Any thoughts on what may have happened? I'm worried maybe their nest was destroyed, obliging them to move elsewhere.

The hummingbirds are likely

The hummingbirds are likely nesting.

Last year I had approximately

Last year I had approximately 15 hummingbirds. 5 feeders. This year started with 2 and now none. Whats up. Miss watching them. Making my own nectar 4 to 1 like I have read. Changed out nectar weekly still no birds. Thinking of painting my feeders red. Should I increase the amout of sugar in my nectar?

Hi, Aleta: Since you've had

Hi, Aleta: Since you've had success before, this may have more to do with your returning population than with your presentation. Perhaps predators have had an effect. Perhaps some other food source is outcompeting you. You seem experienced enough to know to make sure that your feeders are meticulously clean, well spaced, and so forth. Experiment with your feeders. We use 4:1 ourselves, too, but try one or two with 3:1. Paint one or two red, with different types of paint if possible. Change some locations, perhaps closer to hummingbird-friendly flowers. Has anything changed near your feeders from last year to this year? Sometimes we overlook the obvious. Hummingbird populations can vary from year to year, too. Keep trying!

Hi Aleta, Try changing the

Hi Aleta,
Try changing the feeders every day or every other day. They much prefer fresh food, especially in warmer/hotter climates. My husband and I put a feeder out about two weeks ago, the first day we put it out we saw one hummingbird, the second day the hummingbird was back. After that we didn't see it again until the work was out and we changed the food. The hummingbird was back within the first hour of the feeder being changed. The lady that runs the Wild Bird Shop near our house said it was important to changed it every day, every other day worst case.

I leave my feeders out until

I leave my feeders out until empty.. My birds keep coming back every year . I will usually keep a fresh batch in the frig and when lots of birds show up I put more feeders out, funny how they prefer the cold mix over the old. I have numerous turks caps which they love .
Huffman tx

I live in eastern Idaho,

I live in eastern Idaho, elevation 5,000 ft, what plants are best for hummingbirds.

We had a burn pile smoking

We had a burn pile smoking this morning and I noticed a humming bird hovering in the smoke and then 2 others going near another pile that was not burning. What might they be doing?

I believe the hummingbirds

I believe the hummingbirds eat ash. I've seen them do this several times, the day after we had a fire. Couldn't say why, but it's the weirdest thing to watch.

I live in the Northeast

I live in the Northeast region( Hudson Valley, NY). And like to know what kind of bushes or perenials near the porch that doesn't grow too hi. Also would attracted hummingbirds.

Hi Antonio, Here is a list of

Hi Antonio, Here is a list of plants that attract hummingbirds. The butterfly bush is always a good choice!

Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.

My Texas Sage seems to please

My Texas Sage seems to please the visiting hummingbirds in my backyard.

Something I discovered recently is not on the above list of 'Hummingbird Facts'.

They like to perch on a swing. In fact, they spend a good part of their day sitting or perching.

I suggest you purchase a hummingbird swing.

do Hummingbirds have a sense

do Hummingbirds have a sense of smell

Hummingbirds do not have much

Hummingbirds do not have much of a sense of smell. However, they have very keen eyesight.

We have several hummingbirds

We have several hummingbirds that kept trying to feed off of a red lantern that hung on our porch. We bought a feeder for them with red liquid food. We have several trying to feed but one hummingbird keeps trying to fight the others off. It is not eating from it but it keeps attacking the others as they start toward it. Is this normal and is there anything we can do?

Ah, hummingbird wars. Is IS

Ah, hummingbird wars. Is IS normal. You can't stop them from fighting. They will aggressively protect their territories, especially males. You can try moving the feeder to a different location, away from a territory or possible perch. Or, you can try adding feeders spaced well apart--even on different sides of the house so one bully can't "guard" and hog them all. Good luck!

I have deciduous azaleas,

I have deciduous azaleas, which in the eastern panhandle of WV, are like the native azaleas. The humming birds like them, assuming the deer don't ear all the flower buds and leaves first.

I live on a second floor and

I live on a second floor and have a deck. I have a large and a small planters on my deck rail. I want to fill them with flowers that would attract hummers. I have bright sun on them most of the time. The large one has pink petunias among the other flowers. The smaller one is just below the feeder with a large magenta sunpatient in it. What do you recommend for these planters so I can get more than two hummers?? I have one male and one female at the moment. I would like more.

Hi, Pat, Brightly–colored

Hi, Pat, Brightly–colored flowers that are tubular hold the most nectar, and are particularly attractive to hummingbirds. These include perennials such as bee balms, columbines, daylilies, and lupines; biennials such as foxgloves and hollyhocks; and many annuals, including cleomes, impatiens, and petunias.We have a list of plants that attract hummingbirds here:

They love my Mexican

They love my Mexican Petunia's <3

I found a baby hummer that

I found a baby hummer that fell out of her
nest, the long feathers on her right wing were at odd angles, I'm assuming that the fall out of the tree may have broken those feathers,those feathers eventually fell off. Her wing is fine, she tries to fly but can't, my question is will those feathers grow out eventually so she can fly?
Mary Samardzich

If the baby hummingbird is on

If the baby hummingbird is on the ground and you see the nest, gently pick the bird up by its body and place it back in the nest. 
Birds do not have a sense of smell and it will not affect the mother's acceptance of the baby. If you can't find the nest,  call your local wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian so it can be saved.

Yes, the feathers will grow

Yes, the feathers will grow back in time.

I believe I have a sweet rose

I believe I have a sweet rose of Sharon tree planted before I move to my apartment. The buds this year seem to have died up before even blooming. Would anyone have an idea what happened and have a suggestion on how to produce more buds? I saw a Humming bird for the first time in my life, and now I want a garden inviting them and butterflies:) I'm really excited about my new hobby so far I am growing a pot of herbs, a white rose bush oriental lilies, king Hubert Red Canna. It's all a learning process but I find it relaxing.

They love my peach trees!

They love my peach trees!

I live in Mobile Alabama ...

I live in Mobile Alabama ... I want to know what plants I need to plant to attrack Hummingbirds and what time of the year can I expect to see them ... please help

I'm your Pensacola neighbor

I'm your Pensacola neighbor and I have a variety of flowers on my patio that seem to attract. I have begonias, petunias, variety of lilies, hibiscus and chenille. I plan to buy a Rose of Sharon and Trumpet vine because I have read that these attract hummingbirds. Since seeing one last weekend and then seeing several at my feeder I have caught what I think is hummingbird fever. : )

I work in a Christmas store,

I work in a Christmas store, the boss wants the door open, and I have already had 2 hummers stuck in the store. Everything is red and tree... What can i hang near the door to scare them, that will still look nice, and christmassy?

I have a decorative

I have a decorative hummingbirds flag located fairly close to my feeder. Will the movement deter the birds from coming?

I've planted lilacs,

I've planted lilacs, butterfly bushes, hibiscus, various hostas, salvia, various Lillie's, roses & much more. In addition I have put out three red hummingbird feeders. I live in the northeast, in the garden state of New Jersey & did not see a single hummingbird last year. I'm very frustrated & disappointed. Any suggestions. ???? I also have a birdbath & several fountains.

In case they help, here are a

In case they help, here are a few suggestions:

* Make sure that your feeders have clean sugar water (with no red dye). Change it before it gets cloudy--daily in summer heat.
* Avoid using pesticides in your yard.
* Set out a hanging basket of tubular flowers close to the feeders.
* Check for any animals that may be scaring the hummingbirds away, such as cats, dogs, or hawks. Even praying mantises have been known to hang out at bird feeders to catch hummingbirds!

Good luck!

I am new to this area and

I am new to this area and have only seen 3 hummingbirds, twice at my liquid feeder. I do hope they will still be around mid-October. The Cleveland, Ohio in the city gets little action.

I plant lantana in containers

I plant lantana in containers on my deck, and my hummers LOVE it! I just store the containers in the garage through the winter.

the only plant that i know

the only plant that i know will attract humming birds is the pineapple sage.I've already seen two humming birds.

I found that Hummingbirds in

I found that Hummingbirds in my area love the Fuschia plant, so I get one every year. The problem that I have is with bees and wasps, and need a way to keep them away from the feeder without killing them. They also go after the grape jelly I put out for the Baltimore Orioles. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Bees and wasps like yellow

Bees and wasps like yellow flowers. The last 3yrs I had a swarm of bees that took over my hummer feeders and scared off the scouts. I then only had about seven of them vs the 20 or more I had previously. Last year mofher nature planted large clumps of Indian mustard, which are yellow. The bees went to them and left my feeders alone. Next year I will make sure that I have a lot of yellow flowers in the early spring growing in the proximity of the feeders

I have 2 Fuchsia hanging

I have 2 Fuchsia hanging plants for the hummers but the robins and blackbirds won't stay out of them and the hummers are cautious about approaching them. I also have 2 humming bird feeders one at each end of the porch for the hummers . how do I get the robins and blackbirds to stay away from the hanging plants ?

The HUM from a hummingbird is

The HUM from a hummingbird is made by the vibration of their wings.

Here are a few tried & true

Here are a few tried & true Hummer plants that I grow for the hummingbirds that spend the summer with me.
Stachys coccinea (Texas Betony)- annual
Salvia subrotunda - annual
Salvia greggiis - zone 7 hardy
Salvia guaraniticas - zone 7 hardy
Salvia coccineas - annual
Agastache rupestris - zsone 6 hardy
Agastache cana - zone 6 hardy
Canna indica - zone 8 hardy
Penstemon barbatus coccineus - zone 6 hardy
Penstomon murrayanus - zone 6 hardy
Crocosmia 'Lucifer' - zone 6 hardy
Bignonia capriolata (Crossvine) - z 6 hardy
Cypress Vine - annual vine
Cardinal Climber- annual vine
Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal flower) - perennial
Hersperaloe parviflora (Red Yucca)zone 6 hardy
Red Buckeye - zone 6 hardy
Bleeding Hearts - perennial
Aquilegia canadensis (eastern columbine)- perennial
Silene virginica - perennial
Heuchera (Coral Bells) - perennial
Russelia equisetiformis - annual
Pentas - annual
Cuphea ignea 'David Verity' - annual
Ipomopsis rubra (Standing cypress)biennial
Silene regia -zone 6 hardy

Others that I haven't tried yet are Turks Cap,Native Azaleas, and Penstemon eatonii,

Many of the plants listed

Many of the plants listed above are not hummer plants though a hummer may investigate them. Sweet rocket, mint and purple loosestrife are very invasive and will choke out natural vegetation. Some honeysuckles that are either European or Asian are also extremely invasive. For the eastern part of the US Lonicera sempervirens in the native honeysuckle that has coral red flowers and a very well behaved perennial vine.

Which are the hardiest for

Which are the hardiest for full sun? I have a small patio area and a few hummers coming regularly. I'd like to draw more! I've bought hibiscus bushes but have nowhere to store them for winter.

Sandra, I assume your are in

Sandra, I assume your are in zone 6 or colder. I moderate a hummingbird forum. Many of the plants listed above are more for butterflies than hummers though the the hummers will investigate them. Hardy perennials in sun for hummers would include Coral Honysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea), Penstemon barbatus coccineus, Agastache rupestris, Salvia azurea, Eastern Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis). Salvias, Penstemons and agastaches need excellent drainage. the native eastern columbine needs moist but well draining soil and Coral Bells will work with most soils as long as it doesn't stay too wet. Iris fulva works well in wet areas as does Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) Monarda Jacob's Cline' works in sun or shade but needs moist soil. Red Hot Poker does well in half day sun and is somewhat doubht tolerant and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' does well in parto or full sun. but does best in well draining soil. There are lots of more tender plants that will work great for attracting hummers. Check out The Hummingbird Forum We discuss the best plants to grow and where to find them.

Right now I have 4 feeders

Right now I have 4 feeders hanging out, others in my area have seen the flying jewels, but I haven't yet. I'm hoping to see some soon. I planted salvia, nasturiums and butterfly bushes. I have to get more planted. I'm sure they'll show up at my place soon. I also put out some fake Hawaiian Leis, they're colorful and they're hanging on a former swing that I'm using to hang my jewel feeders on.