Plants that Attract Hummingbirds

lonheckrotti (294x300)Lonicera x heckrottii ‘Gold Flame’ (syn. ‘Goldflame’) – This deciduous vine is a cross of L. sempervirens and L. americana. It bears fragrant pink and golden-yellow flowers (emerging from rose buds) from June to August, followed by red berries. The oval foliage is bluish-green in colour and semi-evergreen in mild regions. Grows 10-15′ high by 4-6′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

popcorn2 (300x284)Lantana camara – Shrub Verbena cultivars come in a wide variety of colours including white, salmon, yellow, orange, red and purple, including many bicolors. They are generally grown as summer flowers either in hanging baskets or occasionally trained as small standards. Lantana blooms all summer and needs to be overwintered indoors. Grows 3-6′ high (where hardy). Zone 10.

knifroyalstandard (300x293)Kniphofia ‘Royal Standard’ – This evergreen perennial is an RHS Award of garden Merit winner with red (to reddish-orange) upper flowers and pale yellow lower blooms borne on tall spikes from July to August. The thick strap-like bluish-green basal leaves somewhat resemble Yucca at a distance. Prefers full sun. Good cut flower. Grows 3-4′ high by 2-3′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

chaesimonii (300x295)Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Simonii’ – This Flowering Quince is a deciduous shrub with semi-double dark red flowers (with contrasting yellow stamens) borne in early spring as (or just before) the leaves emerge. It is best trained as a espalier against a fence or wall. Produces hard yellowish-green fruit used to make jellies. Grows 6′ high by 4′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

caryop (300x296)Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Worcester Gold’ – Bluebeard or Blue Spirea is a deciduous shrub with golden sage-scented lance-shaped foliage (leaves about 1.5″ long). It bears terminal clusters of fragrant violet-blue flowers starting in late summer and continuing through to autumn, when garden colour can be a little scarce. Part to full sun. Grows 2-3′ high and wide. AGM. Zone 5.

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