Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Planting to attract hummingbirds


There are a wide variety of plants which attract hummingbirds, but they are especially drawn to plants with tubular, red flowers.  Here are 5 great "reds"  to attract hummingbirds to your garden:

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) Hummingbirds can spot their red colors from far away.  Plant 'Fan Salmon' in well-drained soils.

This heirloom Lobelia (Cardinal Flower) has beet-red foliage and scarlet flowers from midsummer on. 'Queen Victoria'

One look at Red Birds in a Tree and you can see how it earned its name. Once established, it will bloom from spring through fall. Great for xeriscaping.  

Crocosmia produce intense red flowers on long stems. A dramatic addition to your hummingbird garden. 'Lucifer'

Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) is a compact shrub which blooms cherry-red.  'Jupiter’s Beard'

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