Hummingbirds are one of the highlights of summer. Their vibrant colors, fluttering wings, and adorable noises are captivating. They're very assertive little birds, and it can be quite funny to watch them chase each other around!
Hanging up a hummingbird feeder with fresh nectar is a great way to provide them with food, but you can also add plants to your yard that they'll love as well. This will give them multiple food sources, so they don't have to fight over your feeder.
Here are six flowering plants that grow well in Greenville, NC which are exceptionally popular with hummingbirds!
Some types of Salvia can grow up to 5 feet tall and equally as wide, so make sure they have the space they need. This plant thrives best when planted in a full sun location.
Crocosmia is a perennial here, but it can take a couple of years to get established and produce lots of flowers. They'll thrive in a sunny spot, though a bit of dappled shade in the afternoons can help the flowers last a little longer. They're a great companion plant for daylilies or ornamental grasses.
This Cuphea variety works well in borders, planters, and pots. It is very heat-tolerant and will flower best in a full sun location.
Monarda is a member of the mint family, and you can make delicious tea from the leaves and flowers. It's also a pretty low-maintenance plant. Monarda does like lots of sun, but it will benefit from some dappled shade in the afternoon's heat. It can grow up to 4' tall and nearly as wide.
Buddleia needs space; it can grow up to 6-10 feet tall and just as wide. Some newer varieties, like the Pugster(R) series, stay low. They need full sun to flower best. Unfortunately, some varieties of Buddleia are considered invasive in some states. To best protect other native species, it's important to deadhead Buddleia each fall so that it doesn't go to seed and spread. This plant blooms on new wood, so it's best to cut it back hard every spring to encourage profuse blooming.
Adding just a few of these plants to your Greenville yard will make your yard a haven for hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Having these plants around will also ensure the hummingbirds have another buffet open if they happen to drain your feeder before you get a chance to make new nectar.