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Our new 'Plant Index' page lists all the plants we expect to have available for the 2015 shipping season.

During the shipping season (May thru October), our Facebook fans will receive notification of special promotions being offered on our web site. They will also be periodically posted on which plants are especially nice at that particular time (making these plants a better buy at that particular time).
    Hummingbird gardening involves the planting of hummingbird attracting plants. It is just that simple! Hummingbirds consume 1-1/2 to 3 times their own weight in food per 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 insects or flower nectar that is tainted with insecticides.
   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.

   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 sanguinea 'Bressingham Hybrids'  (Coral Bells),  Kniphofia uvaria  (Red Hot Poker or Torch Lily),  Lobelia cardinalis  (Cardinal Flower),  Lobelia siphilitica  (Great Blue Lobelia),  Monarda didyma  (Beebalm), Penstemon Red Riding Hood', Crocosmia Lucifer', and more.

We ship perennials from May through October.
   We are able to ship plants to the following states within the USA:  Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, 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.

Hummingbird  Attracting  Plants
  For  2015  Shipping:

Most of our perennials are shipped in 3" to 4" pots or nursery liners.
A few may be shipped bare root.  Most will bloom this summer.
We ship orders 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 Flowers are 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.

Perennial, zones 5-9.     $6.00 each

Note:  Our Cardinal Flower will not likely be ready for shipping until late May. If your order includes this plant, your entire order will be held until this plant is ready for shipping.

Lobelia siphilitica, great blue lobelia, hummingbird plant Blue and/or White Lobelia   (Lobelia siphilitica)

A handsome subject for moist soil, Blue Lobelia grows 30"-36" high and blooms August thru September. Its flower spikes are mid to deep blue. Prefers protection from the afternoon sun.  I (Rose Franklin) have found Great Blue Lobelia to be more hardy than Cardinal Flower. My Cardinal Flowers are usually short lived perennials (generally dying after two or three seasons) whereas the Blue Lobelia are reliable perennials, coming up in my garden year after year for many years.

Perennial, zones 4-9.           $6.00 each

Note:  Our 2015 crop is a mixture of blue and white-flowering Lobelia. You may receive blue-flowering Lobelia, white-flowering Lobelia, or a pot with both blue and white. Sorry, no choice of color.
Note:  This plant will not likely be ready for shipping until late May. If your order includes this plant, your entire order will be held until this plant is ready for shipping.

Lobelia 'LaFresco', hummingbird nectar plant Lobelia 'La Fresco'

Across between Lobelia cardinalis and Lobelia siphilitica, 'LaFresco' Lobelia grows 24"-30" high and blooms August thru September. Its flower spikes are dusky magenta-purple. I (Rose Franklin) have found this plant to be quite hardy here in central PA, and the flower color is beautiful. Prefers protection from the hot afternoon sun.  .

Perennial, zones 5-9.            Probably Sold Out for 2015. Please check back around mid June.

Heuchera sanguinea 'Bressingham Hybrids', 'Splendens', Coral Bells Red Coral Bells 'Coral Forest'    (Heuchera sanguinea 'Coral Forest')

These tiny bell-like flowers must ring out to hummingbirds because the little 'hummers' always seem to find the Coral Bells. 'Splendens' Coral Bells grow 12" - 15" high, produce red blooms over marbled foliage, and flower from late May thru June. Deer resistant.
Sorry, no choice of color.

, zones 4-9.         Probably Sold Out for 2015. Please check back around mid June.

Heuchera 'Raspberry Regal', hummingbird plant 'Raspberry Regal' Coral Bells    (Heuchera x 'Raspberry Regal')

Growing 24"-36" high, 'raspberry Regal' Coral Bells produces tall stems of raspberry-pink and white flowers June thru July. Forming large clumps of foliage that is dark green with slightly mottled geranium-like leaves, it grows well in full sun or part shade. Deer resistant.
Sorry, no choice of color.

, zones 4-9.     $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

Digitalis mertonensis, Strawberry Foxglove, hummingbird gardening Strawberry Foxglove   (Digitalis mertonensis)

Foxgloves send up sturdy spikes with large, bell-shaped flowers. While most foxgloves are biennial, Digitalis mertonensis is a truly perennial species (most Foxgloves are biennial) which grows 30" - 36" high and blooms July thru August. Flowers are pink with burgundy near center. Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-9.           May be Sold Out for 2015. Please check back in late May.

Penstemon 'Red Riding Hood', beardtongue, hummingbird nectar plant 'Red Riding Hood' Beardtongue   
(Penstemon schmidel 'Red Riding Hood')

'Red Riding Hood' Beardtongue grows 24"-30" high and produces coral-red flowers June thru July.  Great hummingbird attracting plant! Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-9.             May be Sold Out for 2015. Please check back in June.

'War Axe' Beardtongue 
(Penstemon grandiflorus 'War Axe')

Growing 24"-36" high, 'War Axe' Beardtongue blooms July thru August. Its silvery-blue foliage looks good with flower spikes that may be pink, maroon, red, purple, blue, or creamy white. Sorry, no choice of flower color. The cultivar name may not be very appealing, but the plant sure is!

Perennial, zones 4-9.       May be Sold Out for 2015. Please check back in June.

Red Hot Poker, Kniphofia uvaria, hummingbird nectar plant Red Hot Poker   (Kniphofia 'Border Ballet')

Yellow, orange, red, pink, or bi-colored flower spikes above grass-like foliage. Also known as Torch Lily, this perennial grows 24"-30" high and blooms July thru August. Plant in full sun. Deer resistant and drought tolerant. Sorry, no choice of color

Perennial, zones 5-9.      $6.00 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.      $6.00 each 

Monarda didyma 'Marshall's Delight' '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.        $6.00 each 

Crocosmia x crocosmii flora 'Emily McKenzie' Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie'
(Crocosmia x crocosmii flora 'Emily McKenzie')

A cross between Crocosmia and Tritonia, Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie'' grows to 24" - 36" high and blooms July thru August. Its flowers are brilliant orange accented with a red halo-like ring surrounding a yellow throat. It has dark green, Iris-like leaves and is a great hummingbird attracting plant.  Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 5-8.         May be sold out. Please check back around late May.

These 3 new Coral Bells should be ready for shipping in June:

'Cherry Cola' Coral Bells  (Heuchera) 'Paris' Coral Bells  (Heuchera) 'Lipstick' Coral Bells  (Heuchera)

Trumpet Vine, Campsis radicans, hummingbird gardening, nectar plants Trumpet Vine
(Campsis radicans)

A vigorous climbing vine which produces clusters of dark orange-scarlet blooms July thru September. A hummingbird favorite!  Our plants are only a year old and will probably not bloom for three to five years.

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

Perennial, zones 5-9.     $6.00 each

Bignonia capreolata, Crossvine, hummingbird nectar plant Cross Vine
(Bignonia capreolata)

A U.S. native, Cross Vine grows 35'-40' long and yields lots of orange-red trumpet shaped flowers May thru June. It is showy, fragrant, attracts hummingbirds, and has attractive foliage.

Perennial, zones 5-9.          $7.00 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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