This plant combo will keep 'em humming year-round! The bright and cheery wintertime blooms of Mahonia x 'Charity' (shown above) are a popular nectar source for hungry hummers in winter when it becomes a lively hub of activity, aflutter with chittering birds—situate it outside a window, so that you can enjoy the show.
I love having these little birds in my garden, but prefer attracting them au naturel with a steady progression of blooms versus keeping a bird feeder filled and maintained. With careful plant selection, I've been able to keep my resident Anna hummingbirds happy and well-fed throughout the year. The featured plant combo will help you do the same. In addition to putting on a fantastic foliage and flower show for you, the plants included will provide a steady diet for flittering friends.
Shown above is a plan view schematic of a plant combo using the hummer-attracting plants pictured throughout this post, joined by a colorful barberry (Berberis 'Orange Rocket'), golden dwarf conifer (Abies 'Golden Spreader'), and a succulent carpet of burgundy
foliage (Sedum 'Dragon's Blood'), which offer complimentary foliage and form to round out the scene.
Tubular, white blooms in summer aren't especially showy, but the hummingbirds don't seem to care.
Classic red blooms are beacon for the birds.
Summer blooms of Yucca filamentosa are a magnet for hummers.