What’s more fun than watching hummingbirds flit from flower to flower? If you love both gardening and bird watching, you’re in luck—you can have both all summer long with these ten perennials!
1. Echinacea (Coneflower)
Hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees all love coneflowers—and we can’t blame them. These colorful wildflowers light up the landscape with their daisy-like blooms that keep pollinators flying by all season long. Your summer garden isn’t complete without them! Below are some of our favorite varieties: Ruby Star, Tomato Soup, Kim’s Knee High, and Sombrero® Adobe Orange.
2. Hemerocallis (Daylily)
Did you know there are tens of thousands of daylily varieties out there? Below are three of our favorites: Stella de Oro, Pardon Me, and Happy Returns! These cheery perennials are a welcomed sight in any garden, and they really stand out in borders. Hummingbirds won’t be able to resist these beauties!
3. Nepeta (Catmint)
Catmint is a necessity in any butterfly garden—and hummingbirds love it, too! In late spring, this voracious perennial starts putting out tons of lovely purple-blue blooms, and they’ll last all summer long. Even without the flowers, you”ll love catmint for its velvety soft foliage! Our favorite varieties include Walker’s Low Catmint, Little Titch Catmint, and Purrsian Blue Catmint.
4. Baptisia australis (Blue False Indigo)
Blue False Indigo is a hummingbird magnet! It’s also a real people-pleaser, with neat stalks of fragrant purple flowers that are perfect for cutting. And with how many flowers it pushes out during late spring and summer, both you and the hummingbirds will have plenty to enjoy!
5. Crocosmia (Montbretia)
Montbretia is a handsome perennial. Lucifer Montbretia, one of our favorite varieties? Devilishly so. Hummingbirds adore its striking red blooms during summer, and dramatic spikes of foliage add visual appeal during the rest of the year.
6. Agastache (Hyssop)
Pollinator central! Whether you’re trying to attract butterflies, bees, or hummingbirds, hyssop belongs in your landscape. Blue Fortune Anise Hyssop is one of our favorite varieties, and you’ll know why just by glancing at it. Just look at those tufts of purple-blue blooms!
As it does with butterflies, salvia excels at attracting hummingbirds. They can’t get enough of its spikes of soothing blue flowers, which hang around for months! As an added bonus, salvia is incredibly easy to grow, so it’s ideal for beginners. One of our favorite varieties is Blue Hill Salvia.
8. Penstemon (Beardtongue)
Beardtongue is a real beauty. We’re particularly fond of Husker Red Beardtongue. Hummingbirds love its charming white blooms, which look striking against rich burgundy foliage. A true winner in the landscape—and it’s deer resistant to boot!
9. Liatris (Blazing Star)
Dynamite! Blazing star is a knockout with spiky foliage and vibrant clusters of blooms that almost seem to shoot out like fireworks. It’s a must-have for your landscape. There’s nothing quite like it! One of our favorite varieties is Kobold Original Blazing Star. All that purple? Yes, please!
10. Hibiscus syriacus (Hibiscus/Rose of Sharon)
We’re sure you’re familiar with this one. Hibiscus, also known as Rose of Sharon, adds such a lovely tropical vibe to the landscape, and it looks great on the patio. Hummingbirds are drawn to their flashy blooms, coming and going all summer long. Check out three of our favorites: Lady Stanley, Aphrodite, and Ardens.