Hummingbirds love the nectar of Salvias, particularly varieties in red, which they can see but bees can't. Also, unlike most birds, hummingbirds can taste sweets and seek out flowers that produce lots of sugary nectar.
However, nectar can be difficult to come by during drought. Flowers that withstand dry conditions and produce plentiful sweet stuff are important. The Salvia genus is well known for its bright flowers, rich nectar and many drought-tolerant plants.
We grow lots of hummingbird Salvias at Flowers by the Sea. Here are some hot red favorites for xeric -- low water -- gardens. All are subshrubs, which means they combine some woodiness with soft herbaceous perennial growth.
Xeric Salvias for Hummingbird Gardens
All of these Salvias are great choices for container planting. Three tolerate winter chill (Zones 5 and 6), and all thrive in summer heat. Similar to most sages, none tempt deer.
Vermilion Bluffs® Mexican Sage (Salvia darcyi 'Pscarl') Zones 5 to 9
Windwalker® Royal Red Salvia (Salvia darcyi x microphylla 'Windwalker') Zones 5 to 9
Radio Red Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii 'Radio Red') Zones 6 to 9
Honey Rose Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla 'Honey Rose') Zones 7 to 9
Scarlet Spires Sage (Salvia x 'Scarlet Spires') Zones 7 to 9
FBTS Catalog Search for Drought Plants
Click this way; click that way. There are many ways to find the information you need about drought-resistant plants in the FBTS online catalog. Here are some suggestions:
If you have more questions about any of our plants or about gardening during drought and in dry climates, please contact us. We're glad to help you add color, nectar and hummingbirds to your yard.