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Types of Hanging Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

By Gen Schmidt ; Updated September 21, 2017
Petunias in a hanging container
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Hanging containers can provide a bold burst of color on a balcony garden, or even out in a landscape when hung on an arbor, pole or fence. The excitement of the bright hanging flowers is magnified by the beauty of hummingbirds, which are attracted to plants that produce ample nectar for them to feed on.

Whether your container is in sun or shade, a number of choices for hanging flowers will look beautiful and also attract hummingbirds. All container plants need regular water and fertilizing to do their best.

Blue Chip Dwarf Butterfly Bush

Blue Chip Dwarf Butterfly Bush (Buddleia ‘Blue Chip’) is a very compact version of Butterfly Bush, growing only 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. It grows beautifully as a hanging container plant, and the lavender flowers attract hummingbirds all summer long. The flowers have a sweet fragrance of fruit or wine, so plant it where you can enjoy the scent of the blooms.

It grows in USDA Zones 5 to 10, and needs full sun and regular water in a container. Plant it on its own in a hanging pot so the flowers can cascade over the sides of the container.

Oxana Princess Lily

Oxana Princess Lily (Alstroemeria x ‘Staprioxa’) has cheerful pinkish-red blooms with yellow markings. The reddish color attracts hummingbirds spring through fall, and this plant can also be used as a long-lasting cut flower in a vase. The flowers make a bold statement filling a hanging basket, and the flowering stems drape over the sides of the pot.

Oxana Princess Lily is a dwarf plant which only grows to 1 foot tall and wide. It prefers full sun in coastal climates, or partial shade inland, and needs regular water and fertilizer in a container. It grows well in USDA Zones 8 to 11.

Dalmatian Bellflower

Dalmatian Bellflower (Campanula portenschlagiana) is a charming purple-flowered perennial that flowers spring through fall. The flowers are shaped like a bell and feed hummingbirds, and they cascade gracefully over the sides of containers.

Dalmatian Bellflower thrives in USDA Zones 4 to 7, and prefers part shade and regular water. Because Dalmatian Bellflower has such a low, cascading habit, it is best used in a hanging container with another flowering perennial or foliage plant that will provide height, such as Coral Bells (Heuchera spp.).

Santa Claus Fuchsia

Santa Claus Fuchsia (Fuchsia hybrida ‘Santa Claus’) has drooping red flowers with white centers that are very attractive to hummingbirds. It drapes over the sides of a pot and provides hanging flowers spring through fall. Since it reaches 3’ around, use it by itself in a hanging container.

Santa Claus Fuchsia grows well in USDA Zones 7 to 9, and prefers partial shade and regular water, as well as regular fertilizing.


About the Author


Gen Schmidt has been a landscaper in Northern California since 1998, and a professional garden writer since 2008. Her education includes a certificate of completion in environmental horticulture from City College of San Francisco. She is the owner of North Coast Gardening, a garden website for the Pacific Northwest.