Creating a Vibrant Hummingbird Garden: The Best Flowers to Choose

Creating a Vibrant Hummingbird Garden: The Best Flowers to Choose


There are many things to love about living in San Diego County. From a stunning coastline to unique landscapes filled with California native plants that burst with color, California has lots to offer. Hummingbirds love it here, too, which is why several hummingbird species stay in our backyard throughout the year.



Hummingbird Support Tips

Is your garden a pollinator attractor? If you aren't sure, you can create interest in the garden by planting California native plants. Native plants are not just flowers; you can also plant various shrubs and ornamental grasses. These plants are essential to hummingbirds because they offer them a place to lay eggs and build nests. 


  • Hummingbirds love nectar-rich plants, so be sure to plant some that bloom throughout different times of the year. That way, hummingbirds and other pollinators can enjoy a source of nectar all year.
  • We recommend avoiding the use of pesticides and insecticides. 

  • You can always place hummingbird feeders to attract hummingbirds. Make a solution of one cup of sugar for every quart of water. 
  • Grouping plants in clumps allows multiple hummingbirds to feed simultaneously, undetected. By allowing hummingbirds to feed in private, you can prevent aggressive and territorial species from bullying others and chasing them away. 


What flower do hummingbirds like the most?

Don't you love it when hummingbirds visit your garden? We sure do. And thanks to our mild climate, you can plant a variety of nectar-rich flowers that will lure hummingbirds to your garden several times a day.


  •      Agatache Neomexicana (Agastache Neomexicana):This upright grower blooms aromatic, nectar-rich lavender-pink flowers that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and pollinators. They're waterwise and thrive in a place in your garden that receives full sun exposure. Growing Zones: Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10. 



  •    Maraschino Salvia (Salvia Maraschino):these native plants are a hummingbird's delight. They bloom fragrant, deep cherry red flowers from early summer to fall. They're waterwise and have full sun, morning sun, and afternoon shade light requirements. Growing Zones: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10, Zone 11. 



  •    Claremont Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum Claremont):This early spring-blooming shrub rewards your garden with a cluster of pink flowers that will attract hummingbirds. This showy shrub is native to California and displays black berries that attract birds to your garden. It's an excellent choice for patio gardens or small yards. Growing Zones: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10.



  •     Bottlebrush—Red Cluster (Callistemon citrinus):Once established in your garden, these drought-resistant plants will require very little maintenance. Best of all, they produce nectar-rich flowers that can provide vibrant color to your landscape in spring and again in summer. Growing Zones: Zone 9, Zone 10, Zone 11. 



  •    Red Devil Perennial Verbena (Verbena peruviana' Red Devil'):This showy perennial plant brings a dazzling display of bright flowers and blooms in late spring into late summer. Red Devil Perennial Verbena loves to grow in a location with full sun exposure and attract hummingbirds and butterflies, too! Growing Zones: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10.


San Diego County, California Plant Hardiness Zones:

When shopping for hummingbird-attracting plants, be sure to ensure that the plants can grow in your plant hardiness zone. Most of San Diego County lies in Zones 10 and 9. For example, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Escondido, and Vista, CA, plant hardiness Zone is 10a. Ramona is zone 9. But there are exceptions. For example, some parts of Encinitas and Solana Beach are in plant hardiness Zone 11. You can find your USDA plant hardiness zone by clicking here.


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Springtime in San Diego County is truly wonderful. Westturf can maintain your landscape so that it looks beautiful all year. We specialize in managing properties with little or no chemicals and are committed to water conservation and natural pruning—for sustainable communities. Are you searching for an HOA landscaper? Looking for diligent commercial landscaping services. Contact us or call us at 760-650-3120.

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