Hanging a hummingbird feeder is a great way to attract the birds to your yard. You can purchase nectar for them (choose one without red dye) or make your own with a solution of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. Replace it often.

But you don't need to have a specific hummingbird feeder. You can plant the right flowers and they're sure to bring in some feathered friends.

In general, tubular shaped blooms in red or purple are best.

There are annual and perennial varieties. Natives are best, but choose whatever fits into your space and lifestyle.

Here's a few ideas:

Perennials

  • Columbine
  • Phlox
  • Coral bells
  • Lily
  • Bee balm
  • Penstemon
  • Cardinal flower
  • Honeysuckle
  • Trumpet Vine
  • Salvia
  • Rhododendron
  • Azalea
  • Fireweed
  • Lobelia

Annuals

  • Salvia
  • Petunias
  • Impantiens
  • Zinnia
  • Flowering Tobacco
  • Fuschia
  • Lobelia
  • Hibiscus