Hummingbirds are a joy to see in the garden as they whiz about from flower to flower, bringing additional color and movement into the yard. Gardeners with limited space can attract hummingbirds without using a plastic feeder. There are many types of potted flowers that will attract the tiny birds in droves.
A member of the buttercup family, wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is a hardy wildflower native to the United States. Commonly grown as both a perennial and an annual, wild columbine is a popular garden plant that may be grown in a pot or container. The plant boasts unusual square blossoms that flower in a two-toned shade of yellow and orange or red. Reaching an average height of about 2 feet, wild columbine is also notable for its lacy green foliage. The hummingbird- and bumblebee-attracting plant will grow in full or partial sun in USDA Zones 3 to 8, ideally in a soil that is well draining and limey. Wild columbine will tolerate dry soils, but it cannot handle flooding.
Texas Hummingbird Mint
A native of New Mexico and Texas, Texas hummingbird mint (Agastache cana) is an upright perennial that reaches an average height of about 3 feet. The plant is characterized by its bright pink flowers, which bloom throughout the summer and into the fall. The plant is excellent at attracting both hummingbirds and butterflies, and may be grown in an outdoor pot. Texas hummingbird mint is a durable, low-maintenance plant that will grow in full sunlight in USDA Zones 5 to 9. Texas hummingbird mint isn't at all picky about soil and will tolerate poor, rocky soils so long as it is watered on occasion. The columns of flowers can be plucked and brought indoors for a wildflower bouquet.
A member of the jewelweed family, impatiens (Impatiens wallerana) is a flowering plant native to East Africa. Impatiens is a mounding plant that rarely grows above 2 feet tall, producing silky flowers in a range of colors that bloom in the summer. The tropical plant may be grown as a perennial in warm climates and as an annual in cooler zones. The plant tends to do best in USDA Zones 4 to 10. Impatiens do very well in containers, and are particularly striking in a hanging basket or pot. Plant impatiens in a fertile, well-draining soil in partial sunlight. Water the flower frequently during the growing season, enough to keep the soil damp to the touch.
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