Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Our focus on hummingbirds goes beyond research. Local and migratory hummingbirds depend on the natural flora along their migration routes, but as a result of habitat destruction and increased urbanization, places for hummingbirds to rest and feed are rapidly disappearing. Individuals can attract these incredible birds by planting a hummingbird garden.  Individual gardens can serve as microhabitats, and you will be creating a new stopover for the tiny birds as they travel along their migration pathways.

Below is a list of flowering plants, shrubs, vines, and trees you can plant to attract hummingbirds to your garden.

Trees, Shrubs, and Vines

  • Azalea
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
  • Cape Honeysuckle
  • Coral Honeysuckle
  • Cypress Vine
  • Flame Acanthus
  • Flowering Quince
  • Lantana
  • Manzanita
  • Mimosa
  • Morning Glory
  • Red Buckeye
  • Scarlet Runner Bean
  • Tree Tobacco
  • Trumpet Creeper
  • Turk’s Cap
  • Weigela

Perennial Flowering Plants

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

Annual Flowering Plants

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

It is important to select native California plants that can help conserve water resources. When they are established, native California plants will need less water and maintenance than non-natives.