Shade Loving Plants for Hummingbirds

osen1952(Atlanta, GA)March 24, 2004

Plant these flowers, bulbs, trees, shrubs, vines and tropical plants to attract hummingbirds to your backyard.

Annuals

Fuchsia (Fuchsia hybrida)

Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana)

Monkey Flower (Mimulus hybridus)

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

Nicotiana (Nicotiana alata)

Pentas (Pentas lanceolata)

Shrimp plant (Justicia sp.)

Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus)

Wax Begonia (B. semperflorens)

Perennials

Ajuga (Ajuga reptans)

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra sp.)

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Columbine (Aquilegia sp.)

Coral Bells (Heuchera sp.)

Daylily (Hemerocallis varieties)

Foxglove (Digitalis sp.)

Hostas (Hosta sp.)

Lupines (Lupinus sp.)

Monarda (Monarda didyma)

Penstemon (Penstemon sp.)

Phlox (Phlox sp.)

Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria)

Toad-lily (Tricyrtis hirta)

Bulbs

Alstroemeria (Alstroemeria sp.)

Tuberous Begonia (B. tuberosa)

Montbretia (Crocosmia sp.)

Trees

Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)

Red-flowering Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

Red Horsechestnut (Aesculus carnea)

Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Dogwood (Cornus florida)

Shrubs

Abelia (Abelia grandiflora)

Azaleas (Rhododendron sp.)

Beautybush (Kolkwitzia amabilis)

Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)

Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis)

Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)

Honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.)

Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

Red-Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum)

Rhododendron (Rhododendron sp.)

Weigelia (Weigelia florida)

Vines

Trumpet Creeper Vine (Campsis radicans)

Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

Tropicals

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium)

Notes:

Sp. refers to species. Many plants have several different species that are hummingbird-attractive.

For instance, several different species of bleeding heart will attract hummers, including Dicentra spectabilis, Dicentra formosa, and Dicentra eximia.

For more information on these perennials and other plants suited for shady gardens call: Shady Oaks Nursery, LLC. (800)504-8006) or visit their Web site at:

http://www.shadyoaks.com

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esh_ga

I've also heard that red buckeye is a good part shade shrub that hummingbirds like.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 6, 2004 at 10:43PM
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ReddKatt(Z 7a-6b MD)

Teh buckeye makes a lot of sense. Hummingbirds have a penchant for anything that is red!

Kathie
Forest Hill, Maryland

    Bookmark   April 26, 2004 at 9:19PM
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mccordmw(z5bMO)

You missed the biggie. Lobelia cardinalis! Hummers love this plant. This plant loves the shade. I co-plant it with hostas.

Mark

    Bookmark   July 7, 2004 at 11:34AM
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janice__indiana5(Z5 Indiana)

Goldflame Honeysuckle, Coral Bells, Cleome, and Bee Balm all get a lot of attention in my part shade to shade garden.

Janice

    Bookmark   May 21, 2008 at 10:36PM
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cindjo2(6)

I thought cleome needed full sun? I just grew some from seed and am going to plant out any day now.. please get back to me and let me know. I would love to plant them in my shade garden.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2008 at 10:53PM
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esh_ga

If your shade garden has an area that gets at least 4 hours of sun (either morning or afternoon), the cleome should be fine there.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2008 at 2:32PM
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