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Our new 'Plant Index' page lists all the plants we expect to have available for the 2017 shipping season.

During the shipping season (May thru October), our Facebook fans will receive notification of special promotions being offered on our web site. They will also be periodically posted on which plants are especially nice at that particular time (making these plants a better buy at that particular time).
    Hummingbird gardening involves simply the planting of hummingbird attracting plants. It is just that simple! Hummingbirds consume 1-1/2 to 3 times their own weight in food every day. Their diet includes flower nectar, spiders, and small insects. Because hummingbirds rely on insects as a  source of protein, chemical insecticides should not be used in the hummingbird garden. Not only will insecticides kill insects which are essential to a hummer's diet, but they could sicken or kill the hummingbird that eats the insects or flower nectar that is tainted with insecticides. In search of nectar, hummingbirds tend to prefer red, orange, or pink flowers, and often seek out tubular shaped flowers.
   Only the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is common to the eastern U.S. They spend the winter in southern Mexico or Central America, and then migrate to the eastern U.S. and southern Canada for summer nesting. The adult male has a throat patch of ruby red while the female's neck is white. Juveniles, male and female, resemble the adult female.
   Ruby-throated hummingbirds are solitary other than during courtship (which lasts just a couple of minutes). The female is solely responsible for constructing the nest, incubating the eggs, and caring for the young. The female generally lays two eggs and there might be one or two broods per summer.
   A hummingbird's heart beats at up to 1250 beats per minute, and even at rest, its breathing rate is about 250 breaths per minute. While hovering in mid air, hummingbird wings beat at up to 80 times per second.
   On this page you will find some of the best plants for hummingbird gardening. When available, these perennials will be offered here: Aquilegia x hybrida  (Columbine),  Campsis radicans  (Trumpet Vine),  Digitalis mertonensis  (Strawberry Foxglove),  Heuchera (Coral Bells),  Kniphofia uvaria  (Red Hot Poker or Torch Lily),  Lobelia cardinalis  (Cardinal Flower),  Lobelia siphilitica  (Great Blue Lobelia),  Monarda didyma  (Beebalm), Penstemon (Beardtongue),  and more.
   We offer some very nice hummingbird feeders on our 'Feeders and Houses' page. Also on that page you will find a recipe for homemade hummingbird nectar. Hummingbird gardeners might want to check this page out.

We ship perennials from May through October.
   Important Note: Before you order plants from our nursery, please check to see that we are able to ship to your state. We can only ship plants to 28 states in the USA.
We ARE permitted to ship plants to the following states within the USA:  Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
State and Federal regulations prohibit us from shipping to other destinations. If you do not live in one of the states we are permitted to ship to, please do not order. We will not ship your order and will charge you a $3.00 service charge to cancel your order and return your payment.
For an explanation of why we are not permitted to ship to states not listed above, please visit the 'F.A.Q.' page of the web site.

Hummingbird  Attracting  Plants Available  For  May  Shipping:

Most of our perennials are shipped in 3" to 4" pots or nursery liners.
A few may be shipped bare root.  Most will bloom this summer.
We ship orders May thru October via USPS Priority Mail.

Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower, hummingbird nectar plants, gardening Cardinal Flower   (Lobelia cardinalis)

Cardinal flowers produce tall spikes of bright red flowers August through September. Growing to a height of 30"-36", Cardinal Flowers are a must for every hummingbird gardening enthusiast! Prefers a rich, moist soil and protection  from the afternoon sun.

High on Rose Franklin's list of best hummingbird-attracting plants.

Perennial, zones 5-9.     $7.00 each


'Black Truffle' Cardinal Flower     (Lobelia 'Black Truffle')

Lobelia 'Black Truffle' grows 36" - 42" high, produces dark mahogany-colored foliage, and tall, spikes of bright red flowers. Just like the green-leaved Cardinal Flower, 'Black Truffle' draws the hummers in for nectar. And 'Black Truffle' seems to be a long-lived perennial whereas the green leafed Cardinal Flower (shown above) tends to be short lived.

Highly recommended by Rose Franklin.

Perennial, zones 4-8.            $7.00 each


hummingbird nectar 'Songbird' Columbine    (Aquilegia xhybrida 'Songbird' mix)

Unusual spurred flowers adorn attractive foliage resembling that of maidenhair fern.  'Songbird' columbines grow 18"-24" high and bloom during May and June, produces beautiful upward facing flowers. Colors include pure white, yellow, and red/white, pink/white, yellow/white, and lavender/white bicolors. Sorry, no choice of flower color.

, zones 4-9.        $7.00 each  

Digitalis mertonensis, Strawberry Foxglove, hummingbird gardening Strawberry Foxglove   (Digitalis mertonensis)

Foxgloves send up sturdy spikes with large, bell-shaped flowers. While most foxgloves are biennial, Digitalis mertonensis is a truly perennial species (most Foxgloves are biennial) which grows 30" - 36" high and blooms July thru August. Flowers are pink with burgundy near center. Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-9.           $7.00 each       

Penstemon 'Red Riding Hood', beardtongue, hummingbird nectar plant 'Red Riding Hood' Beardtongue   
(Penstemon schmidel 'Red Riding Hood')

'Red Riding Hood' Beardtongue grows 24"-30" high and produces coral-red flowers June thru July.  Great hummingbird attracting plant! Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-9.           $8.00 each 

'Cha Cha Cherry' Beardtongue   
(Penstemon 'Cha Cha Cherry')

'Cha Cha Cherry' Beardtongue grows 24"-30" high and produces cherry-red flowers June thru August.  Great hummingbird attracting plant! Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-9.           $8.00 each 

Sorry, first batch of 2017 already sold out. Might be more by mid June to mid July. Please check back then.

Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline', Red Beebalm Red Beebalm   
(Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline')

Aromatic perennial with dense terminal clusters of attractive red flowers.  'Jacob Cline' Beebalm grows 30"-36" high and usually blooms June through July.
Great hummingbird attracting plants! (Sorry about the poor picture.) Deer resistant.

High on Rose Franklin's list of best hummingbird-attracting plants.

Perennial, zones 4-9.      $7.00 each

'Marshall's Delight' Beebalm   (Pink)
(Monarda didyma 'Marshall's Delight')

Growing 30"-36" high, 'Marshall's Delight' Beebalm produces pink blooms June thru July. Both mildew- resistant and rust-resistant, this plant prefers full sun or part shade. Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-9.        $7.00 each 

'Gardenview Scarlet' Beebalm
(Monarda didyma 'Gardenview Scarlet')

'Gardenview Scarlet' Beebalm grows 24"-36" high and produces aromatic, scarlet-red flowers June thru July. Highly mildew resistant, even in the hot, humid south.  Full sun or part shade. Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-9.       $6.00 each  

'Raspberry Wine' Beebalm
(Monarda didyma 'Raspberry Wine')

Maturing at 36"-48" high, 'Raspberry Wine' Beebalm sports clear wine-pink flowers June thru July. Named for its buds which really do resemble raspberries, 'Raspberry Wine' Beebalm is highly mildew resistant.  Full sun or part shade. Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-9.       $6.00 each

Should be ready for shipping mid to late June. Please check back then.

Coral Bells 'Tokyo'   (Heuchera 'Tokyo')

Growing 15"- 18" high, 'Tokyo' Coral Bells produces bright red flowers over mounds of lime green colored foliage. Full sun or part shade.  Deer resistant.

, zones 4-9.      $7.00 each

Coral Bells 'Lipstick'   (Heuchera 'Lipstick')

These tiny bell-like flowers must ring out to hummingbirds because the little 'hummers' always seem to find the Coral Bells. 'Lipstick' Coral Bells grow 15" - 18" high, produce masses of lipstick-red flowers over silver-veiled green foliage, and flower from late May thru July.  Deer resistant.

, zones 4-9.        $7.00 each

Coral Bells 'Paris'   (Heuchera 'Paris')

These tiny bell-like flowers must ring out to hummingbirds because the little 'hummers' always seem to find the Coral Bells. 'Paris' Coral Bells grow 12" - 15" high, produce deep rose-colored blooms, and flower from late May thru July. Do well in containers (but should be planted in the ground by late September.) Deer resistant.

, zones 4-9.      $7.00 each

Coral Bells 'Root Beer'   (Heuchera 'Root Beer')

Growing to 15"- 18" high, 'Root Beer' Coral Bells produces cream-colored flowers over mounds of root beer-colored foliage. Full sun or part shade.  Deer resistant.

, zones 4-9.      $7.00 each


Trumpet Vine, Campsis radicans, hummingbird gardening, nectar plants Trumpet Vine
(Campsis radicans)

A vigorous climbing vine which produces clusters of dark orange-scarlet blooms July thru September. A hummingbird favorite!  Our plants are only a year old and will probably not bloom for three to five years.

High on Rose Franklin's list of best hummingbird-attracting plants.

Perennial, zones 5-9.     $7.00 each

Lobelia 'La Fresco'

Across between Lobelia cardinalis and Lobelia siphilitica, 'LaFresco' Lobelia grows 24"-30" high and blooms August thru September. Its flower spikes are dusky magenta-purple. I (Rose Franklin) have found this plant to be quite hardy here in central PA, the flower color is beautiful, and hummingbirds love the nectar it produces. Prefers protection from the hot afternoon sun.  .

Perennial, zones 5-9.       $8.00 each  

Should be available mid to late June. Please check back then.



Visit our 'Feeders, Books, etc.' page for hummingbird feeders, Stokes Hummingbird Book, and Oriole Feeders.

Milkweed (Asclepias) also produces a sweet nectar which lures hummingbirds to the garden for feeding. You'll find the Milkweed species we have available for shipping on our 'Milkweed Plants' page.

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Quantities are limited on some of our nursery stock. Plants will be reserved to fill orders in the sequence in which orders are received. Please order at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment. Please do not order plants which are not currently posted with a picture, plant description, and price. When plants are removed from our availability lists, they are temporarily or permanently out of stock.

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