14 Favorite Valley Plants that Attract Hummingbirds

Want to create a hummingbird habbitat in your garden landscape? SummerWinds Nursery has recommendations for plants that will not only grow well in the valley but that will also be appreciated by both you and our pollinating friends....

Want to attract more hummingbirds to your garden?

SummerWinds Nursery has a wide selection of plants that attract hummingbirds and that perform well in the valley.

Since hummingbirds are attracted to colors (not smells), they prefer plants with reds, oranges and dark pinks. Many of these plants have tubular-shaped flowers designed specifically for their beaks.

Below are 14 plants we recommend to attract hummingbirds to your garden:

  • Hummingbird Plant VarietiesAloe Ferox (a) (aka Cape Aloe, Bitter Aloe, Red Aloe & Tap Aloe) – this evergreen succulent enjoys full sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant and needs only occassional watering once established. Wonderful accent plant for borders, in garden beds or in containers.

  • Baja Ruellia (b) Ruellia peninsularis – This evergreen shrub produces masses of dense, deep blue-purple petunia-like flowers. Enjoys partial to full sun and needs only occasional watering once established.

  • Bird of Paradise (red/yellow) (c) Strelitzia reginae – This tropical-looking evergreen produces large, bird-like colorful flower heads and enjoys partial to full sun. Grows best with regular watering—weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Fabulous as a border, in containers, poolside or in an urban garden.

  • Claret-cup Cactus (d) Echinocereus triglochidiatus – Gorgeous bright scarlet-red to orange-red blooms adorn this cactus spring through early summer. Enjoys full sun and well-drained soil. Ideal for desert gardens, rock gardens, succulent gardens, Mediterranean gardens and in containers. Deer and rabbit resistant.

  • Coral Bells (e) Heuchera – This beautiful plant enjoys partial shade to full sun and blooms spring through fall. Different coral bell varieties offer a wide range of dramatic foliage colors. Wonderful as a border, in a container, in mass plantings or in rock gardens. 

  • Eremophila (f) (aka Emu Bush) – This waterwise, desert-loving evergreen shrub enjoys full sun and colorful blooms in spring. Requires only occassional watering, once established.

  • Impatiens (g) – Vibrant blooms from spring to late summer. Enjoys full shade to partial sun and moist soil by frequent watering. Great as a border, in a patio container or hanging basket, as a mass planting or even poolside.

  • Lantana (h) Shrub verbenas – This firewise, prolific flower blooms spring through summer and enjoys full sun. Once established it needs only occassional watering. Landscapes uses include as a border, in containers, as a mass planting.

  • Petunias (i) Petunias enjoy full sun and offer high-impact color from late spring until the first frost. Ideal for containers, hanging baskets or as seasonal borders.

  • Pomegranate (j) Punica granatum – Orange-red blooms produce large vivid red fruit. Enjoys full sun and needs only occassional watering once established; water more while blooming/producing fruit.

  • Salvia species (various) (k) – These waterwise, drought tolerant plants enjoy full sun and bloom spring into summer. Needs only occassional watering once established.

  • Trumpet Vine (l) Campsis radicans – This vine enjoys partial shade to full sun and blooms in the summer. Grows best with the support of a trellis, fence or arbor. Excellent as an accent plant. Water regularly in extreme heat; once established, requires little water and care.

  • Yellow Bells (m) Tecoma stans – Fast growing with beautiful large clusters of bell-shaped flowers that bloom golden-yellow. This semi-evergreen is very heat tolerant and grows best in full sun.
  • Yucca (n) – Low maintenance, drought resistant and waterwise. This evergreen grows best in full sun, flowers in the summertime and is a great choice for the poolside, containers and Firescaping.

For more on hummingbirds...

Hummingbird in shade In addition to flowering plants, hummingbirds appreciate shade trees from which they can rest and look for insects to feed on. This combination is sure to create an environment that hummingbirds will enjoy!

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Additional Hummingbird Plants

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Hummingbird Plants

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