The ruby-throated hummingbird is only species found east of the Mississippi, and they are easily attracted to your garden. While feeders supply a constant source of nectar, one lone feeder isn’t easily found by hummers. The wise gardener uses a combination of plants and feeders.
Hummingbirds prefer to drink from small to medium tubular flowers. Cardinal lobelia, a perennial with red salvia-like flowers, is a real hummer magnet; they can’t resist the tall scarlet spikes. Black and blue salvia is another favorite; it is usually treated as an annual in this area, but sometimes overwinters. This tall plant prefers a sunny location.