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I have hummingbirds :D even though I won't keep up feeders (they always manage to drip for me and I already spend too much time fighting the bugs! :mad: ).

I know the hummingbirds like my nasturtiums, carnations, morning glories and those strange yet beautiful bamboo-looking plants with purple flowers I got on sale a few months ago. I see them feasting on them almost every day. :D

In any case, I've decided I want to put in even more plants they really like --- get some going all over the place for next year.

Any suggestions?

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Trumpet vine (red), scarlet runner beans, fuschia, cleome, jewel weed, monarda (bee balm).
 

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They also like roses. We got ours bare root at Home Depot in January. Cheap and beautiful landscaping. They don't require much care or watering even in the zone 8 desert of AZ.
 

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Roses! :D

Yet more reason for me to get more roses (on sale, end of season) for my hoped-for rose garden(s).

Trumpet vines, I can't do --- they grow much too lavishly here --- there are so many critters and bugs, I like to keep things fairly well clear.

I have loofah going ... love the idea of scarlet runner beans, fuschia, cleome, jewel weed and bee balm.

This is exciting --- it's the first time I've ever had hummingbirds without feeders. I suspect my bumblebees will enjoy the hummingbird garden, too. :D
 

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Here is a list of plants that I keep on hand for my hummers.... hope this helps.

Trees and Shrubs
Azalea
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
Cape Honeysuckle
Flame Acanthus
Flowering Quince
Lantana
Manzanita
Mimosa
Red Buckeye
Tree Tobacco
Turk's Cap
Weigela

Vines
Coral Honeysuckle
Cypress Vine
Morning Glory
Scarlet Runner Bean
Trumpet Creeper


Perennials
Bee Balm (Monarda)
Canna
Cardinal Flower
Columbine
Coral Bells
Four O'Clocks
Foxglove
Hosta
Hummingbird Mint (Agastache)
Little Cigar
Lupine
Penstemon
Yucca

Annuals
Beard Tongue (and other penstemons)
Firespike
Fuchsia
Impatiens
Jacobiana
Jewelweed
Petunia
Various Salvia species
Shrimp Plant

NOTE: Japanese Honeysuckle attracts hummingbirds, too, but it's an invasive and troublesome exotic species that's no longer recommended.
 

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This is good. I currently go through 10 lbs of sugar a month feeding the little buggers; I'd rather grow things for them as I think that is both more reliable and more healthful for them. Easier to water a plant twice or thrice a week than refill feeders twice a day (which is what it has come to around here!).

Here in California, we have resident and migrating hummers, so there's no break over the winter like you have out east. Year-round hummingbird action!
 

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Nothing else to add. JanO covered it. But you don't need all. Just 1-4 of those.
 

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my red flowering quince and red weigela seems to be a big hit. :)

do you have jewel weed? i should have seeds soon.
 

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Don't know your location,but...
Lantana.Lots of pretty varieties in assorted colors/sizes.
Butterfly bush.Hummingbirds and butterflies go bananas for them.
Your "bamboo looking plant with purple flowers"might be mexican petunia.Awesome plants,they are.
 

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Piggybacking on an old thread.

I would like to find Grand Marshall Monarda seed. Not having any luck.

Is this a variety best propagated by cutting? If so I will go to plan B.
 

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Any bee balm fans out there?

I'd also like to figure a way to fill the honey bee food gap just after the crocus are done.
 

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We discovered that hummers looooooove the blooms of bottlebrush tree/shrub. Imagine a 15' tall shrub covered in red blooms, working alive w/ hummers. Now, imagine a 30' long hedgerow of them. :D

In my yard, hummers also favor red salvias (probably any salvia, but I only have the red).
 

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I was just thinking about this yesterday afternoon. I too have problems with wasps, earwigs and ants on the feeders which keeps the hummingbirds away.

Thanks for posting this question Countrygrrrl and thank you everyone for your input :)
 

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Missouri Primrose and sunflowers, not the hybrid sunflowers but the kind that come up volunteer from bird seed. Onions are another favorite here, the hummers went nuts over the flowers on my white Lisbon bunching onions.
 
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