5 Late Summer Hummingbird Attractors

A hummingbird’s brain is 4.2% of its body weight, this could be the reason they are so smart and can remember every flower they have been to. Yes ̶ every one of them. Have you ever wondered what plants you could add to your garden to attract these little birds? Here are our top five plants that are a hummingbird’s haven:

 

1. Crocosmia

These red funnel-shaped blooms are perfect for hummingbirds! Hummingbirds tend to be attracted to the vibrant colors of the Crocsmia which also come in a deep orange and yellow. This low maintenance plant will reward you with gorgeous blooms mid to late summer. Not to mention they have very few pests and disease problems!

 

 

 

2. Abelia- Edward Goucher

These beauties will start bringing the hummers around in May and then keep them coming throughout September due to their long bloom time. Abelia’s are a part of the Honeysuckle family and will create a perfect fragrant hedge row. Hummingbirds have a poor sense of smell and rely on the colorful blossoms to lead them to their food.

 

3. Fuchsia

If you are interested in having hummingbirds on your front porch this plant is the way to go ̶ it thrives as a hanging plant and where’s a better place to hang one than on your porch? Fuchsias have adapted to accommodate hummingbirds with their downward facing blooms since most other pollinators cannot reach their nectar.

Fun fact: Hummingbirds are the only birds that can hover, fly forward, backward, and upside down, allowing them to reach the nectar of the Fuchsia with ease!

 

 

4. Crape Myrtle

These delightful trees put on a blossoming show that will last up to 120 days. Their vibrant colors appear in shades of pink, white, red, lavender, and purple. Although they are appealing to the eye they are unattractive to deer ̶ basically deer proof! It is always nice to have a plant in your garden that is seldomly damaged by wildlife as you never have to worry about their colorful blossoms being eaten. They may not be eye candy to deer but they are a hummingbird magnet!

 

5. Salvia

Salvia is a plant this is considered both an herb and a flower, it’s great for mixed borders, rock gardens, or anything that just needs that pop of color! This plant has a long blooming period and brightens up your garden from late spring into early fall. They also happen to be one of the easiest plants to grow from seed!

 

 

 

 

As you can see there are many different plants that attract hummingbirds and they all have a main thing in common ̶ bright and colorful! Come down to the Corner Store Nursery and pick up your hummingbird attractors today!