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Annual flowers for hummingbirds

By: Julie McIntyre, Summerland Gardens
May 15, 2017 Updated: May 15, 2017 at 3:15 pm
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Let’s face it, this is the best time of year. Sunny days, beautiful flowers, birds chirping.  And, weekly visits to your local garden center to see what plants you’re going to grow this year.  It’s a serious task, with so many colorful flowers to choose from, but only limited space, you have endless possibilities. When selecting your baskets and flowers for pots, you might also want to consider adding a few plants that would encourage hummingbirds to visit your yard. Fortunately, the hummingbirds have great taste, so adding these will only make your plantings more spectacular.

These are easy to grow annuals that prefer full sun and a good potting soil that drains well.  But you can always stop by Summerland Gardens and we will help you select the best varieties for your conditions that will keep the hummingbirds coming all summer.

Agastache, or hummingbird mint. There are annual and perennial versions of this plant, the annual one will flower all season but not survive our winters. Flowers are tubular in pink or orange – or a combo of the two – and will continue to bloom all summer. Leaves have a pleasant minty fragrance that makes them deer resistant.

Cuphea Vermillionaire or firecracker plant. This is a favorite of our hummingbirds at the nursery. They will even follow this plant as you carry it to the car. Cute little tubular deep orange flowers keep blooming all summer and will satisfy all the hummingbirds in the neighborhood. Tolerates hot and dry conditions.

Lantana. Tropical annual that likes it hot and sunny. Non-stop blooms in yellow, orange, cherry red, pink and in two-tone colors. Very easy to grow – the hotter it gets, the more flowers you’ll see. Tolerates dry conditions.

Salvias. There are annual and perennial varieties of this plant too. The annual ones bloom all summer and make great colorful additions to pots.  The most attractive ones for the hummers bloom in red, but they will visit the blue flowers if they’re in the vicinity. These make great companions with hummingbird mint and lantana, which creates a colorful feast for the eyes and for the birds.

Stop by 124 E. Cheyenne Rd., and we’ll show you the best varieties to pick to keep you and the hummers happy. More info at SummerlandGardens.com

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