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Right Plants Will Attract Hummingbirds

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Hummingbirds are more likely to nest and hang around your yard all summer if you grow the right plants, says University of Georgia gardening expert Paul Thomas.

Thomas, an Extension Service floriculturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, recommends these plants for your hummingbird and butterfly garden. (Those with asterisks may be considered annuals in more northerly climates.)

Annuals Perennials Woody Ornamentals
Salvia splendens
Phlox drummondii
Impatiens capensis
Nasturtium glauca
Petunia hybrida
Nicotiana alata
Plumbago aurantiaca
Pentas lanceolata
Lathyrus odoratus
Ipomoea quamoclit
Salvia coccinea*
Salvia greggii*
Phlox paniculata
Alcea rosea
Centranthus ruber
Kniphofia uvaria
Lobelia cardinalis
Monarda didyma
Penstemon barbatus
Abelia grandiflora
Aesculus pavia
Weigela florida
Lonicera sempervirens

azaleas (most kinds)
rhododendrons (all)
Mimosa pudica
Vitex angus-castus
Erythrina cristi-galli
Liriodendron tulipifera

(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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