Color, not fragrance, attracts hummingbirds, specifically shades of red, orange, pink and yellow. Plants with tubular shaped flowers and open blossoms that extend above the foliage are most accessible to hummingbirds. Common hanging plants that bloom from spring to fall encourage longer hummingbird visits, but plants with the right colors that bloom for a few weeks also attracts hummingbirds to your property.
Petunias are annual plants that are often planted in outdoor hanging baskets. Available in colors including pink, red, yellow, purple and white, petunias draw hummingbirds in the spring and summer. Hang petunias in areas with full sun to partial shade.
Calibrachoa is a popular hanging plant that attracts hummingbirds to your property. Trailing flowers in shades of pink and yellow cascade from a hanging basket and grow best in areas of full sun.
Bring hummingbirds to shadier areas of you property with hanging baskets filled with fuchsia plants. Fuchsias have bell-shaped flowers available in bicolor combinations of red, magenta, pink, white and purple. Fuchsia blooms continuously from spring to fall.
Verbena plants flower from spring to the first frost in color varieties that include pink, red, apricot, salmon, white and purple. Hang verbena plants in areas with full sun to partial shade, and remove the spent flowers for optimum flower production. Attract hummingbirds with a hanging planter filled with a color mixture of verbena.
Geraniums are a common hanging plant with flowers in color variations that draw hummingbirds. Flower colors include pink, red, salmon, white and bicolor variations. Geraniums bloom from late spring to early fall and grow best in areas with full sun.
Impatiens is one hanging plant that many gardeners use to brighten up shady areas of their property. Hummingbirds are attracted to the bright orange, pink, red, purple and white color variations common to impatiens plants. The flowers bloom from the late spring and into the fall.
Fill your hanging planters with a mixture of pink, red and white begonias to interest hummingbirds from the late spring to the early fall. Hang begonia planters in areas with sun to heavy shade.
Marigold is another common plant that attract hummingbirds to your property. Combine orange, gold, yellow and reddish brown marigolds into one hanging planter in areas that enjoy full sun. The flowers appear in the late spring and last into the fall.