Edmonton, Alberta

Flowers for Attracting Hummingbirds

We asked Michael Wiens, local author of The Jewel of the North, Canada's Hummingbird Guidebook, to recommend what flowers we should plant in the Edmonton area to increase our chances of seeing hummingbirds! Here is a list of his recommended flowers to start from seed.

 

Seeds to Start Indoors

Delphiniums, hummers’ favourites!
Start seed indoors the week of Mar 23, transplant into well-drained soil, blooms July/Aug, likes 6-8 hours sunlight. Perennial.

 

Lupins
Soak seeds overnight and start seed indoors the week of April 6, transplant into any type of soil, blooms June/July, 6-8 hours sunlight for best results. Perennial.
Gaillardia
Start seed indoors the week of April 6, drought resistant, thrives in heat and sun, blooms July-frost. Perennial.
Zinnia
Start seed indoors the week of Apr 20, transplant into well-drained soil, blooms July-frost, likes 6-8 hours sunlight. Annual, great colours.

Cosmos
Start seed indoors the week of Apr 20, easy to grow, blooms July-frost, likes 6-8 hours sunlight. Annual. 

   

Seeds to Sow Directly in Garden after last frost (May 7-May 25)

 

Nasturtium
Tall Climbing Mix: a hummingbird favourite! Tolerant of drought and poor soil, delightful fragrance, holds large quantities of nectar, blooms July-frost, full sun for best results. Flowers and young leaves are edible. Annual, climbing vine, 6 feet high.

Alaska Mix: provides colour for hummingbirds, green & white bi-colour foliage, tolerant of drought and poor soil, blooms July-frost, full sun for best results. Flowers and young leaves are edible. Annual, compact, 8-12” high

 

Scarlet Runner Bean
Sow directly into ground after last frost (May 7-May 25). Likes well-drained fertile soil, blooms throughout summer months with clusters of scarlet flowers. Full sun. Annual, climbing vine, 6-10 feet high. Support with a trellis, fence, post.

 
Sunflower-Velvet Queen
Easy to grow, a branching sunflower, has many heads on branching stalks. Blooms Aug-Sept. Provides a good resting place and food source for hummingbirds. Grows 5 feet high, makes a good windbreak.
 

Sweet Pea
Everlasting: a hardy perennial. Soak seeds overnight before planting in well-drained soil. Blooms July-frost, partial shade. An excellent climber with multi-coloured flowers. Grows 6-9 feet high.

Little Sweetheart Mix: Easy to grow, great for containers. Soak seeds overnight before planting, blooms June-frost, Full sun. Sturdy 2 foot tall plants, highly fragrant flowers, showy and colourful.