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Trumpet Creeper - Campsis radicans
Hummingbirds are attracted to flowers, rich in vibrant color, and the native American Trumpet Creeper is a beautiful example. This perennial flowering vine has deep green serrated leaves on a woody vine that produce red to orange trumpet flowers in the summer and early fall months. It grows well in zones 4-9 touting a sturdy wood-like vine that does not die back in the colder parts of the year. After flowering, this vine produces bean type seed pods. The vine likes sunny to partial shade with well-drained soil but will survive almost any type of soil condition. Perfect for a garden trellis or fence, the Trumpet Creeper has fast growth of 30-40 feet per year. For the most brilliant, dense flower display, pruning once a year in the early spring or fall is advised. Other type birds often use an established vine as a nesting site.
Honeysuckle Plants - Lonicera spp.
If the aromatic smell produced when blooming isn't enough for you to fall in love with this plant, then the sweet nectar of the flowers will clinch it. Hummingbirds, as well as other pollinators, visit the yellow to red flowers for a taste of the food it provides. Honeysuckle will grow in most zones in the USA. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil but is very adaptable to many types of soil conditions. As a garden plant, it is perfect for a trellis, fence, or arbor. This vine can even be cultivated in a container, great for small areas such as a patio. They grow well in a hanging basket outdoors if regularly watered and have sunlight. All pruning should be done in the fall when the plant is dormant. The only ground maintenance required is occasionally watering, and a small amount of 10-10-10 fertilizer added in early spring.