My Top 3 Plants For Hummingbirds in Minnesota
If you are interested in planting flowers to attract hummingbirds and butterflies here in Minnesota you have a lot of great choices. I’m going to share my top 3 plants and go over the reasons why I like them.
My top 3 plants include a perennial which is a plant that grows for at least two years. A annual which is a plant that only lives for one year and a hanging basket. I want everybody to enjoying hummingbirds. You don’t need to live in the country and own a few acres to attract ruby-throated hummingbirds. You can have them coming to your apartment balcony.
1. My Favorite Bee Balm
Bee Balm is favorite perennial for attracting hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. It is super easy to grow and does great in northern climates like Minnesota. Bee Balm comes in a variety of colors I have a purple bee balm plant and it’s the birds favorite.
You can buy a bee balm plant for about $5 at any home garden center. I would recommend buying a purple plant and a red one as well. They grow fast and bloom late. This is a great plant because the birds can enjoy the nectar all summer and into the fall. I cut mine right to the ground every fall and start fresh in the spring. The bees and butterflies love it as well.
Salvia is a annual so you will need to plant them every year. Although it does come in perennial as well. They come in red, purple, pink, yellow and can be grown in the garden or in window boxes or containers. Depending on the variety they generally grow from 12″ to 18″ tall.
A Fuchsia hanging basket is a great way to attract hummingbirds to a small space. If you have a balcony hang a few fuchsia plants and put up a feeder next to it. I usually throw the basket away at the end of the season but I would imagine you could bring the basket indoors and save the plant.
Planting a garden to attract hummingbirds is such an enjoyable hobby and really benefits nature. Right now our bees are in trouble and colonies are dying out all over the world. By planting these little gardens you are helping the bees and the butterflies as well.
It may take a couple of years before you get hummingbirds but don’t be discouraged. Once they come and you can provide a comfortable environment they will come back every year. Our pair just came back for their 3rd year on May 11 2014 it was a nice Mothers Day gift. Ours breed and raise young right in the backyard and I’m able to enjoy them until around the end of September.
The purpose of my blog is to encourage people to get outside and do something new. There is so much joy to be found learning and experiencing nature. So get outside get your hands dirty and start planting a hummingbird garden and make sure you read my post on feeding hummingbirds.
My hummingbird garden on May 14th