Cue the hummingbirds.
'Black and Blue' Salvia
This deer-resistant flower is considered one of the best selections for attracting birds and butterflies. Plant it in the middle of the garden or at the back of a border. If you remove spent blooms to encourage more flowers, it will provide nectar until the first frost.
Flowers on this fast-growing vine are large and also carry a heavy nectar load, which will meet the carbohydrate needs of hummers. You can let it grow wild in natural areas or keep it pruned on arbors and fences.
This self-sowing perennial thrives in moist soil and prefers full or partial sun. It not only offers an excellent source of nectar for hummingbirds from late summer through fall but also lures butterflies and bees.
Depending on its location, this heat-tolerant, sun-loving shrub can be grown as a perennial or an annual. Plant it in the ground or in a hanging basket—hummingbirds are good enough hunters to track down the nectar anywhere.
Hummers migrate at treetop height, where they can easily spot any vibrant blooms below. Grab their attention with a large grouping of pots filled with this vivid, inexpensive annual.
The cone-shaped clusters of brightly colored blossoms on this sun-loving, drought-tolerant shrub are what first attract birds, and the high nectar content will keep them coming back for more.