No Birdfeeder Needed-How to Attract Hummingbirds

How to Attract Hummingbirds

When I had a larger porch, I had several bird feeders to attract hummingbirds and other birds. I could buy feeders now, but accidentally and delightfully discovered that some of my plants attract hummingbirds. I even took a gardening class on how to attract hummingbirds by selecting specific plants they like to feed on.

How to Attract Hummingbirds
Since I’m all about saving money, I have added some plants to my garden to attract these beautiful birds to my balcony. I love the fact that I can bring in hummingbirds and other wildlife just by the plants I choose to grow.

Why Hummingbirds Like Certain Plants

Hummingbirds love plants with flowers in a variety of colors, but they are most attracted to plants with red flowers. The red color reminds these little birds of food. It’s also a color to camouflage them from bees.

How to Attract Hummingbirds


Hummingbirds like feeding off of flowers that are yellow, orange, pink and red. Red is a more popular color, but hummingbirds have fed off my yellow and orange flowering plants as well.


Hummingbirds will drink from large and small flowers. As long as a flower produces nectar, hummingbirds don’t care how tiny or huge the nectar is coming from.

How to Attract Hummingbirds


Since hummingbirds have long, thin beaks, it is common to see them feed off of flowers with the same shape. They can drink nectar from small, thin flowers, as well as large open flowers. This is why it’s a good idea to have different types of flowers in your garden.

Types of Plants Hummingbirds Enjoy

As stated above, hummingbirds love a variety of flowers in different colors. There are particular flowering plants they get nectar from more than others. I will explain to you these flowers below.


Hummingbirds love these plants with their huge, colorful flowers. I have an orange and pink hibiscus plant that hummingbirds love to drink from. These plants come in a variety of colors and are a great addition to any garden.

How to Attract Hummingbirds


Lantanas are another great flowering plant to add to your garden to attract butterflies. I love my pink and yellow lantanas. I have seen them in yellow, orange and purple all over town. There are over 100 species of lantanas to choose from.


How to Attract Hummingbirds


Marigolds are another colorful flowering plant that can attract hummingbirds to your garden. I bought mine to keep aphids from my hibiscus, so if they can also attract hummingbirds to my garden, that is an added bonus!

How to Attract Hummingbirds


Zinnias are additional colorful and inexpensive flowers to add to your garden to keep hummingbirds coming back. They are easy to grow and just need to be watered on a regular basis. Zinnias come in a variety of beautiful colors!

How to Attract Hummingbirds


Another personal favorite are fuchsias. These also come in a variety of colors. I love watching hummingbirds drink from my hanging fuchsias.

How to Attract Hummingbirds
Fuchsias can also be grown in several ways. They grow great in hanging pots or on a vine. Either way, hummingbirds will come back for the sweet nectar these plants produce.


Petunias are popular flowers that keep hummingbirds returning for food. Pick a color, then enjoy as hummingbirds relocate to your garden for food.

How to Attract Hummingbirds


Hummingbirds also love the red hue of salvias. These flowers also come in other colors, although red is popular.

How to Attract Hummingbirds


Many of these plants also attract butterflies. Some days I have both hummingbirds and butterflies visit my small balcony garden. I love how my plants attract these beautiful creatures!

Concluding Thoughts

As you can see, there are many types of flowers that will attract hummingbirds to your garden. If you know how to attract hummingbirds to your garden in other ways, please do not hesitate to tell me below. Happy hummingbird hunting!

How to Attract Hummingbirds

22 Replies to “No Birdfeeder Needed-How to Attract Hummingbirds”

  1. I was just wondering recently about how I might attract hummingbirds to our backyard. Thanks for sharing! Turns out I have three of the flowers you listed growing out back. Maybe I just need to spend more time out on the patio and watching!

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    1. Nice! Maybe add a hummingbird feeder too and see if that will attract them. And make sure you can see your yard from inside the house. You never know when they will stop by!


  2. Great post! I love your small/small garden theme. Excellent! Your photos are lovely and I especially like the one of the hummer in the Monarda. It’s like the Where’s Waldo for the bird world. Thanks for the follow and I can’t help but follow you. Looking forward to your upcoming posts.


  3. I think that it is great to plant to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. It is good to include some indigenous plants in the mix too, especially those naturally occurring in the area, as these benefit other smaller pollinators too (some are plant specialists) and is also good for biodiversity, and also it is really interesting to find out about alternatives to the mainstream nursery mainstays. I was surprised to see the lantana in your list of suggested plants as here (in South Africa) as in many parts of the world lantanas are highly invasive aliens, displacing many indigenous species. I gather it is a real problem in parts of the US too, so perhaps this facet is worth investigating? I love your pics of the gorgeous little birds.


    1. I did not know that about lantanas. They grow everywhere here, as well as sold at many nurseries. I will look into that though. I wish I could take credit for these pictures. They are from Someday I will try to take pics of these fast fliers.


      1. I loved your blog the minute I clicked on it. Sorry the first award was so convoluted, but Nel had it coming! Ok, maybe she didn’t but that doesn’t stop me! This is what I do to my friends, be warned! Hehehe

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  4. Good luck with your research into lantanas in your area. I have never seen a hummingbird (they do not occur here) but I can imagine they must be really tricky to photograph, being so tiny and so fast on the wing. How lovely to have them visiting the garden.

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