These Flowers Make Hummingbirds Happy!

September 25, 2008 | By | Comments (3)


Q: Hello Grumpy Gardener,

To our delight, we have a hummingbird couple living in our yard and frequently visiting the feeder near our patio. They seem to like our hibiscus but, I’m wondering what else we can plant that they will be attracted to in the flower bed next to our backdoor and in the planters on the patio itself. Thanks for any suggestions you might have.


A: If you will look on pages 96-99 of the greatest book on Southern gardening ever written, the Southern Living Garden Book (the fact that I edited it has absolutely nothing to do with my opinion), you will find an extensive list of flowers, vines, shrubs, and trees that attract hummingbirds. Here are a few suggestions for your flower bed and planters:

1. Bee balm
2. Cardinal flower
3. Four o’clock
4. Geranium
5. Impatiens
6. Pentas
7. Phlox
8. Salvia
9. Snapdragon
10. Yellow shrimp plant


Here it is. Grumpy never breaks a promise.


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  2. Grumpy

    Yeah, ‘Black and Blue’ is one of my favorites. For Grumpians who don’t know, it’s a selection of the perennial anise sage (Salvia guaranitica) that grows 3-4 feet tall with spikes of deep blue flowers emerging from purplish-black calyxes (the little cups that hold the flowers) all summer and fall. I’ll see if I can find a picture. You can order it from Plant Delights ( Grumpy

    September 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm
  3. Cameron

    Great list! When it comes to salvia, our hummingbirds go to the ‘Black & Blue’ most often. I recently expanded my plantings from 4 to 11. This salvia is still in bloom and has been blooming all summer. The salvia greggii varieties are also of high interest and still in bloom, but the B&B has such large flowers for the hummingbirds.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm

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