5 of the Best Plants to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Summertime means hummingbird season throughout much of the United States. So if you want to attract these tiny, buzzy birds to your yard, select flowering plants that are native or non-invasive within your region. To give you some ideas on where to start, here are five common plants among the best to attract hummingbirds to your garden.

Catawba Rhododendron

According to Bird Watching HQ, the Catawba rhododendron is the best native North American rhododendron species for attracting hummingbirds. This hardy perennial features deep green leaves, clusters of pretty pink flowers, and a spread of up to 10 feet wide if you leave it unpruned. But this bush requires partial shade, yet can tolerate more sunlight if you water it well.

Bee Balm

A member of the mint family, bee balm produces spiky-looking flowers in shades of pink, red and purple. But better yet, the nectar of this native perennial makes it irresistible to hummingbirds. In fact, Bird Watcher’s Digest states that birds may even establish territories around bee balm and spend their days defending their patch from intruders.


Commonly referred to as sage, salvia comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes depending on the species. It is also available in both perennial and annual options. However, sage often grows best in warmer climates.

Remember, your local garden center should have information on which types are best suited to your backyard. Hummingbirds appreciate the plant’s tall spikes and tubular blooms, which accommodate their long bills perfectly.


Zinnias are bold, beautiful, and among the best blossoms for hummingbird gardens. The birds collect nectar from the tiny, yellow flowers that form a ring near the center of the bloom. And even better, these colorful annuals are easy to care for and make an impressive statement in any flowerbed.


Did you know there are nearly 110 species of fuchsia, according to the Hummingbird Society? Hummingbirds hang out beneath the pendant-like floral clusters. And amazingly, they can their bills upward into the flower’s long tubes. But don’t forget – fuchsia fares best in planters and hanging baskets away from rabbits and other garden pests.

When you grow plants that attract hummingbirds, you support your local wildlife. Also, you encourage pollinators to do their vital work. And best of all, you get to enjoy having some gorgeous flowers that make your yard look amazing.