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    Hummingbird gardening involves simply the planting of hummingbird attracting plants. It is just that simple! Hummingbirds consume 1-1/2 to 3 times their own weight in food every day. Their diet includes flower nectar, spiders, and small insects. Because hummingbirds rely on insects as a  source of protein, chemical insecticides should not be used in the hummingbird garden. Not only will insecticides kill insects which are essential to a hummer's diet, but they could sicken or kill the hummingbird that eats the insects or flower nectar that is tainted with insecticides. In search of nectar, hummingbirds tend to prefer red, orange, or pink flowers, and often seek out tubular shaped flowers.
   Only the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is common to the eastern U.S. They spend the winter in southern Mexico or Central America, and then migrate to the eastern U.S. and southern Canada for summer nesting. The adult male has a throat patch of ruby red while the female's neck is white. Juveniles, male and female, resemble the adult female.
   Ruby-throated hummingbirds are solitary other than during courtship (which lasts just a couple of minutes). The female is solely responsible for constructing the nest, incubating the eggs, and caring for the young. The female generally lays two eggs and there might be one or two broods per summer.
   A hummingbird's heart beats at up to 1250 beats per minute, and even at rest, its breathing rate is about 250 breaths per minute. While hovering in mid air, hummingbird wings beat at up to 80 times per second.
   On this page you will find some of the best plants for hummingbird gardening. When available, these perennials will be offered here: Aquilegia x hybrida  (Columbine),  Campsis radicans  (Trumpet Vine),  Digitalis mertonensis  (Strawberry Foxglove),  Heuchera (Coral Bells),  Kniphofia uvaria  (Red Hot Poker or Torch Lily),  Lobelia cardinalis  (Cardinal Flower),  Lobelia siphilitica  (Great Blue Lobelia),  Monarda didyma  (Beebalm), Penstemon (Beardtongue),  and more.
   We offer some very nice hummingbird feeders on our 'Feeders and Houses' page. Also on that page you will find a recipe for homemade hummingbird nectar. Hummingbird gardeners might want to check this page out.

We ship perennials from May through October.
   Important Note: Before you order plants from our nursery, please check to see that we are able to ship to your state. We can only ship plants to 28 states in the USA.
We ARE permitted to ship plants to the following states within the USA:  Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
State and Federal regulations prohibit us from shipping to other destinations. If you do not live in one of the states we are permitted to ship to, please do not order. We will not ship your order and will charge you a $3.00 service charge to cancel your order and return your payment.
For an explanation of why we are not permitted to ship to states not listed above, please visit the 'F.A.Q.' page of the web site.

Hummingbird  Attracting  Plants Available  For  2019 Shipping:

Most of our perennials are shipped in 3" to 4" pots or nursery liners.
A few might be shipped bare root.  Most will bloom this summer.
We ship orders May thru October via USPS Priority Mail.

Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower, hummingbird nectar plants, gardening Cardinal Flower   (Lobelia cardinalis)

Cardinal flowers produce tall spikes of bright red flowers August through September. Growing to a height of 30"-36", Cardinal Flower is a U.S. native and a must for every hummingbird gardening enthusiast! Prefers a rich, moist soil and protection  from the afternoon sun.

High on Rose Franklin's list of best hummingbird-attracting plants but short lived in most places. The two Lobelia described above this one are much hardier and will generally survive for many more years.

Perennial, zones 5-9.     $7.00 each 

Lobelia speciosa 'Vulcan Red'

Lobelia 'Vulcan Red' grows 24" - 32" high and produces spikes of bright red flowers July thru August. Preferring to grow in moist soil, the soil should not be allowed to dry out.

Perennial, zones 6-9.            $8.00 each

Sorry, Sold Out for 2019.   


Lobelia speciosa 'Starship Scarlet'

Lobelia 'Starship Scarlet' grows 18" - 24" high and produces spikes of scarlet-red flowers July thru August. Preferring to grow in moist soil, the soil should not be allowed to dry out.

Note:  I (Rose Franklin) have found this Lobelia to be much hardier than the native Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) and hummingbirds love it.

Perennial, zones 6-9.            $7.00 each


hummingbird nectar 'Songbird' Columbine    (Aquilegia xhybrida 'Songbird' mix)

Unusual spurred flowers adorn attractive foliage resembling that of maidenhair fern.  'Songbird' columbines grow 18"-24" high and bloom during May and June, produces beautiful upward facing flowers. Colors include pure white, yellow, and red/white, pink/white, yellow/white, and lavender/white bicolors. Sorry, no choice of flower color.

, zones 4-9.        $6.00 each         Sorry, Sold Out for 2019.     


Red Hot Poker   (Kniphofia 'uvaria)

Red Hot Poker produces red flower spikes above grass-like foliage. Also known as Torch Lily, this plant grows 20"-30" high. Blooms July thru August. Plant in full sun. Deer resistant and drought tolerant.

Perennial, zones 5-9.            Sorry, Sold Out for 2019. 

'Raspberry Wine' Beebalm
(Monarda didyma 'Raspberry Wine')

Maturing at 36"-48" high, 'Raspberry Wine' Beebalm sports clear raspberry-wine  flowers June thru July. Named for its buds which really do resemble raspberries, 'Raspberry Wine' Beebalm is highly mildew resistant.  Full sun or part shade. Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-9.       $7.00 each

September Special: 3 'Raspberry Wine' Beebalm for $18.00

'Fireball' Beebalm  
(Monarda didyma 'Fireball')

Growing 20"-24" high, 'Fireball' Beebalm produces ruby red flowers in July, generally a little later than other Beebalms. Both fragrant and mildew- resistant , this plant prefers full sun or part shade.  Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-9.       $7.00 each         

'Marshall's Delight' Beebalm   (Pink)
(Monarda didyma 'Marshall's Delight')

Growing 30"-36" high, 'Marshall's Delight' Beebalm produces pink blooms June thru July. Both mildew- resistant and rust-resistant, this plant prefers full sun or part shade. Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-9.        $7.00 each 

'Balmy Purple' Beebalm  
(Monarda didyma 'Balmy Purple')

Growing just 10"-15" high, 'Balmy Purple' Beebalm produces purple blooms June thru July. Fragrant and attracting butterflies as well as hummingbirds, this plant prefers full sun or part shade.  Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-9.       $7.00 each


Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline', Red Beebalm Red Beebalm   
(Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline')

Aromatic perennial with dense terminal clusters of attractive red flowers.  'Jacob Cline' Beebalm grows 30"-36" high and usually blooms June through July. Great hummingbird attracting plants! (Sorry about the poor picture.) Deer resistant.

High on Rose Franklin's list of best hummingbird-attracting plants.   

Perennial, zones 4-9.      $7.00 each        Sorry, Sold Out for 2019.

Coral Bells 'Tokyo'   (Heuchera 'Tokyo')

Growing 15"- 18" high, 'Tokyo' Coral Bells produces bright red flowers over mounds of lime green colored foliage. Full sun or part shade.  Deer resistant.

, zones 4-9.      $7.00 each        Sorry, Sold Out for 2019.

Coral Bells 'Pink Pearls'   (Heuchera hybride 'Pink Pearls')

Mounds of beautiful foliage (which darkens as the season progresses) topped with 18" - 20" high stems of soft pink  flowers May thru August. Prefers  part shade.  Deer resistant.

, zones 4-9.      $8.00 each

Sorry, Sold Out for 2019.

Coral Bells 'Paris'   (Heuchera 'Paris')

These tiny bell-like flowers must ring out to hummingbirds because the little 'hummers' always seem to find the Coral Bells. 'Paris' Coral Bells grow 12" - 15" high, produce deep pinky rose-colored blooms, and flowers from late May thru July. Do well in containers (but should be planted in the ground by late September.) Deer resistant.

, zones 4-9.      $6.00 each

Visit our 'Feeders, Books, etc.' page for hummingbird feeders, Stokes Hummingbird Book, and Oriole Feeders.

Milkweed (Asclepias) also produces a sweet nectar which lures hummingbirds to the garden for feeding. You'll find the Milkweed species we have available for shipping on our 'Milkweed Plants' page.

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Quantities are limited on some of our nursery stock. Plants will be reserved to fill orders in the sequence in which orders are received. Please order at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment. Please do not order plants which are not currently posted with a picture, plant description, and price. When plants are removed from our availability lists, they are temporarily or permanently out of stock.

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