Native hummer garden sugetions please?

jjdbikeMay 1, 2011

Okay so I just realised my garden needs some work. Along with the non-native hummer faves like fusha, bee balm, canna and varous vines, I want to fill it in w/ native species. I am planning on establishing a wild flower garden in back & have room for a couple shrubs. I'm excited to be going to the native plant sale at at Brandywine River Museum this coming Friday and would apprecaite some suggestions. What plants and shurbs should I be looking for to attract hummers & butterflies? I love native lillies (Turks cap) but I've heard it is a difficult plan to keep, is that true?

Any suggestions are appreciated!


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Two of my native favorites for hummers are Aquilegia canadensis (Red Columbine)and Monarda didyma (red bee balm like Jacob Kline).

Here is a link that might be useful: My Garden

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 7:53AM
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1) Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
2) Downy Lobelia (Lobelia puberula)
3) Sharp-winged Monkey Flower (Mimulus alatus)
4) Firepink (Silene virginica)

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 1:35PM
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Well, there are many native plants for hummingbirds that you could use that are native to Pennsylvania. Here is a list of their favorites:
1) Coral Honeysuckle
2) Beebalm
3) Wild bergamot
4) Cardinal Flower
5) Red Buckeye Tree
6) Bottlebrush Buckeye
7) Trumpet Creeper

  1. Phlox
    - I currently have all of these and they go especially crazy for the red beebalm and the coral honeysuckle
    -Turks cap is a very nice flower but it does like some shade and lots of organic material in the soil
    - Just wanted to add that hummingbirds are more interested in groups of flowers rather than just a single specimen so plant a minimum of at least three plants per species.
    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 10:22PM
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Thanks for the great suggetions. I'll let you know how I make out.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2011 at 4:40AM
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Yeah, post some pics of your garden after your done.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2011 at 9:05AM
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