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Attract beautiful hummingbirds to your yard by growing these beautiful garden plants.

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    • Bee Balm -- Perennial

      Choose this easy-growing, summer-blooming perennial to make a bold statement in your landscape. While red is the traditional color for bee balm, you can also find varieties with pink, violet, and white flowers; all are good for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.

      Name: Monarda selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide

      Zones: 4-9

      Grow it with: Bee balm starts blooming after wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) finishes blooming, so you can extend the bloom season with this combo.

    • Phlox -- Perennial

      Hummingbirds will appreciate phlox as much as you do. This old-fashioned perennial bears clusters of sweetly fragrant pink, red, lavender, or white flowers in summer.

      Name: Phlox paniculata selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide

      Zones: 4-8

      Grow it with: Phlox looks great with dwarf varieties of butterfly bush, and hummingbirds have a tough time resisting either plant.

    • Lupine -- Perennial

      A cottage-garden classic, lupines offer colorful spires of blooms in early and midsummer. Enjoy their hand-shaped foliage even when they're not flowering.

      Name: Lupinus selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 3 feet tall and wide

      Zones: 4-8

      Grow it with: Daisies, for a long-blooming, cheery combination.

    • Red-Hot Poker -- Perennial

      Red-hot poker features tall spikes of scarlet, yellow, white, and orange tubular flowers, and fountain-like clumps of coarse, grassy, gray-green foliage. It is impressive in small groupings at the back of the perennial border, or as a single specimen plant.

      Name: Kniphofia selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide, depending on type

      Zones: 5-9, depending on type

      Grow it with: Daylily for a stunning combo you can practically plant and forget.

    • Hollyhock -- Perennial

      These old-fashioned favorites are renowned for their tall spikes of single or double flowers. They also bloom in a wide range of colors -- from purple-black to red, yellow, pink, and white.

      Name: Alcea selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide

      Zones: 3-9, though hollyhocks are often grown as annuals

      Grow it with: Hide hollyhocks leaves and the base of its lanky stems with bushier perennials such as baptisia or peony.

    • Columbine -- Perennial

      Start the hummingbird season out right with the cheery red-and-yellow blooms of wild columbine. This easy-growing perennial is native to areas of North America.

      Name: Aquilegia canadensis

      Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide

      Zones: 3-9

      Grow it with: Columbine is a perfect partner for brightly colored coralbells.

    • Coralbells -- Perennial

      Almost perfect perennial-border plants, coralbells offer mounds of attractive foliage and clusters of red, pink, white, or green flowers dangling above the leaves on narrow stems.

      Name: Heuchera selections

      Growing Conditions: Part shade and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide

      Zones: 4-8

      Grow it with: Create lots of interest by combining a columbine with a small- to medium-sized hosta with variegated foliage.

    • Cardinal Flower

      It's tough to find a brighter red flower for the garden than Cardinal flower. This late-summer bloomer is native to North America.

      Name: Lobelia cardinalis

      Growing Conditions: Part shade and moist soil.

      Size: To 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide

      Zones: 3-9

      Grow it with: Bee balm for nonstop red flowers all summer and into fall.

    • Foxglove -- Biennial

      Another staple of cottage gardens, foxgloves bear tall spikes of pink, purple, white, or yellow tube-shaped flowers in summer.

      Name: Digitalis selections

      Growing Conditions: Part shade and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide, depending on type

      Zones: 3-9, depending on type

      Grow it with: Contrast foxglove's tall, upright form with mounding coralbells.

      Note: Many of the common hybrid foxgloves are biennial (meaning they grow foliage one year, bloom and produce seed the next, and then die).

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      Lantana -- Annual

      A favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds alike, lantana offers colorful red, yellow, orange, pink, lavender, or white flowers on heat-loving, drought-resistant plants.

      Name: Lantana selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 4 feet tall and wide (but usually less when grown as an annual)

      Zones: 10-11, but usually grown as an annual in colder areas

      Grow it with: Lantana is a perfect plant partner for colorful red annual salvia.

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      Salvia -- Annual

      Light a fire in any bed with these crimson annuals. Though most are red, you can find varieties in cream, purple, and salmon. They're all easy to grow and drought-tolerant.

      Name: Salvia splendens selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 16 inches tall and wide

      Zones: Annual

      Grow it with: Lantana for a heat- and drought-resistant, knock-your-socks-off combo.

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      Butterfly Bush -- Shrub

      Don't let its common name fool you; hummingbirds love butterfly bush's fragrant flowers as much as butterflies do. This long-blooming shrub offers blooms in shades of white, purple, blue, and pink.

      Name: Buddleia selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide

      Zones: 6-9

      Grow it with: Butterfly bush looks great paired with summer-blooming bee balm varieties.

      Note: Butterfly bush has shown invasive tendencies in some areas; check local restrictions before planting it.

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      Rose of Sharon -- Shrub

      Although it doesn't have the red, trumpet-shaped flowers we associate with hummingbird plants, rose of Sharon provides plenty of nectar for butterflies. The flowers appear throughout the summer in shades of pink, purple, white, and lavender.

      Name: Hibiscus syriacus

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide

      Zones: 5-9

      Grow it with: Contrast rose of Sharon's smaller flowers with the huge flowers of hardy hibiscus (H. moscheutos).

      Note: Rose of Sharon has shown invasive tendencies in some areas; check local restrictions before planting it.

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      Cardinal Vine -- Vine

      One of the most brightly colored annual vines for the garden, cardinal vine features bold red flowers all summer long.

      Name: Ipomoea multifida

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: Climbing to 8 feet or more

      Zones: Annual

      Grow it with: Because cardinal vine is relatively restrained, you can grow it with other vines such as climbing roses or through shrubs.

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      Trumpet Vine -- Vine

      This vine is so good at attracting hummingbirds with its summerlong clusters of red, orange, or yellow flowers that you'll sometimes see it sold as hummingbird vine.

      Name: Campsis radicans

      Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: Climbing to 30 feet or more

      Zones: 5-9

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      Honeysuckle -- Vine

      Trumpet honeysuckle blooms through the summer and autumn with clusters of scarlet-red tubular flowers. The blooms show beautifully against the vine's dark green foliage.

      Name: Lonicera sempervirens

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: Climbs to 15 feet

      Zones: 4-9

      Grow it with: Plant red salvia around the base of your honeysuckle for lots of red blooms all season long.

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