By Vanessa Richins
My favorite birds are hummingbirds.
These tiny, vibrant creatures can bring a smile in an instant.
I love their natural curiosity and how they are able to appear motionless. Besides a hummingbird feeder, there are many plants that will attract them. Here are a few of my favorites.
1) Sunset Hyssop (Agastache rupestris)
All of the hyssops that have pink or orange flowers attract hummingbirds, but my favorite is Sunset hyssop. These flowers are a brilliant mixture of orange, purple and pink. When I worked at a water conservation garden, I loved pruning by this plant. The hummingbirds were always nearby, sparring. Sometimes they would zip right near my head to see what I was doing. This plant has a splendid scent – described as licorice or root beer. Once it is established, it is drought resistant
2) Hummingbird Trumpet (Zauschneria spp)
These trumpet-shaped flowers come in shades of red or orange. They also have the advantage of being drought resistant.
When I was growing up, my grandma had a really pretty azalea tree that I loved to see. It was trained as a double standard (2 balls on a stem) and was a brilliant magenta shade. One of the perfect colors to attract hummingbirds!
These pretty flowers come from corms (similar to bulbs) and come in a dazzling array of colors. An added bonus is that it will produce additional corms on the plant each year, so you can dig them up, divide them, and plant even more gladiolus the next year.
These are 4 of my favorite hummingbird attractants.
What plants would you recommend?