If you plant right the hummingbirds will come. The trick to quick lures is to plant fast growing annuals that will bloom long over summer to draw the maximum number of birds in the shortest time. You just don’t have the time to wait for trees and shrubs to mature.
Hummingbirds are drawn to the color red, so virtually all bright red range blossoms will be magnets. However, not all of these offer the littler birds a nectar reward. Those nectar rich species adapted to hummingbirds will not only lure them in but keep them around for a long time as they continue to feed on newly opened flowers. Long repeat blooming is an important characteristic in these flowers.
Salvia greggii hybrids - These small red blossoms of a shrubby perennial are native of the American west and into Mexico where they are big nectar producers for many hummer species. Breeders produce fast growing forms that repeat bloom most prolifically in the dead heat of summer. Plant these from one gallon containers for a fast start.
Lantana and Verbena These natives of North and South America are super fast growing and will remain in bloom throughout the entire growing season. In even warmer climates they bloom all year around. Hummers come back to them time and again no matter what color the hybrid. Buy in quarts or one gallon.
Salvia splendens This old fashioned garden annual produces tall stalks of bright red flowers. While the blue forms are somewhat appealing to hummers, the red ones are irresistible. Plant in masses from six packs for maximum draw at minimal cost.
Other good American native plants to lure hummers:
- Trumpet Honeysuckle Vine Lonicera sempervirens
- Trumpet Creeper Campsis radicans
- Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis