Grow a garden hummingbirds love
By: Garden Gate staff
This simple five-plant combo will turn your garden into a hummingbird hot spot!
Bring in the hummingbirds
Looking to bring hummingbirds into your garden? Who wouldn’t be? They’re beautiful to watch, they pollinate your flowers as they collect nectar plus they often eat small insects. Serve up their favorite plants and you’ll soon see them zipping and zooming around.
See how to design your garden to attract more pollinators
This full-sun planting garden plan has five nectar-rich plants the flying little ornaments go crazy over! Click ahead to learn more about each one.
Bali rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)
Type Shrub Blooms Large single white flowers with dark red eye in summer Light Full sun Size 5 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 7 ft. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 5 to 8 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 8 to 1
Batface plant (Cuphea llavea)
Type Tender perennial Blooms Red with dark purple centers from late spring to frost Light Full sun to part shade Size 18 to 24 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 9 to 11 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 12 to 1
Penstemon (Penstemon barbatus)
Type Perennial Blooms Red or pink tubular summer flowers on long stems Light Full sun Size 1 to 4 ft. tall, 1 to 3 ft. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 9 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1
Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Type Perennial Blooms Bright orange flowers from mid- to late summer Light Full sun to part shade Size 1 to 3 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 3 to 9 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1
Shock Wave™ Denim petunia (Petunia hybrid)
Type Annual Blooms Masses of 2-in. light blue to dark purple flowers all summer Light Full sun to part shade Size 7 to 10 in. tall, 30 to 36 in. wide Heat-tolerant AHS zones 12 to 1
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