Attracting Hummingbirds to your yard will take some effort and patience. However, it will be an endeavour that will be well rewarded with many thrilling moments.
If you love a flower garden you will be one step ahead of everyone else because Hummingbirds love flowers too!
The bright colours of the blossoms are like a neon sign advertising a delicious meal.
Flower gardens hold two of the most important foods for a Hummingbirds diet:
And if you place a nectar feeder near your flowers then even when your plants are finished blooming the little Hummers will still continue to visit your yard.
My sister-in-law says her Hummers like this feeder best.
At the bottom of this page, you will find a list of plants that attract Hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds love flowers not just for the nectar that the blooms provide.
They require a good dose of “bug” on their menu each day to keep up their busy lifestyle.
The flowers provide the little birds with a culinary assortment of bugs to eat.
Flowers also provide an ideal location for spiders to spin their webs. This is a double bonus for attracting Hummingbirds. They will eat the spiders and then use the spider’s web to build their nests. Just like royalty, food and drink served in high style!
Providing a continuous blooming flower garden during the “hummingbird season” will act as a magnet for attracting the Hummers. They will have all the bugs and nectar they need from your feeder and flower garden.
Flowers are not the only median that will alert the hummers to the fact that you are in the business of serving up meals. If you are unable to provide flowers close to the spot where you want to hang a hummingbird feeder, don’t give up or be discouraged. There are other equally successful methods for attracting the little birds.
One little visitor successfully drawn to your feeder will provide all the future advertising that will be needed! Others will be sure to follow.
Once you have been successfully attracting Hummingbirds to your garden the little birds will remain for the entire season and return year after year!
The following is a list of plants that invite Hummingbirds to your flower garden. It is helpful to check with a local garden center or bird watching group for plants that grow best in your region.
Hummingbird plants produce a good supply of nectar which Hummers love. They are also addorned with bright colours and are very often in a tube shape suitable for long bills to penetrate to the part of the blossom that holds the flower nectar.
Bee Balm (Bergamot), Bleeding Heart, Cardinal Flower, Columbine, Coral Bells, Cowslip (Virginia Bluebells), Crocosima ‘Lucifer’, Daylily, Foxglove, Gay Feather (Blazing Star), Hollyhock, Hosta, Hyssop, Jewel Weed, Larkspur, Milkweed (Butterfly Weed), Obedient Plant, Penstemon, Phlox, Pink, Raspberry, Red-Hot-Poker, Soapwort, Turtlehead
Canna Lily, Comfrey, Four-O’clock, Fuchsia, Gladiolus, Impatiens, Mexican Sunflower, Nasturtium, Pentas, Peruvian Lily, Petunia, Red Salvia, Sage, Snapdragon, Zinnia
Clematis Vine, Cross Vine, Honeysuckle Vine, Red Morning Glory, Scarlet Runner Bean, Snapdragon Vine, Trumpet Vine or Creeper
Autumn Olive, Azalea, Beauty Bush, Butterfly Bush, Buttonbush, Cardinal Shrub, Common Witch Hazel, Flowering Quince, Glossy Abelia, Golden Currant, Gooseberry, Honeysuckle, Lilac, Red Buckeye, Red-flowering Currant, Rhododendron, Rose of Sharon, Snowberry, Viburnum
Black Locust, Flowering Cherry, Flowering Crabapple, Horsechestnut, Mimosa (Silk Tree), Necklace Pod (Silverbush), Red Horsechestnut, Siberian Pea Tree, Texas Madrone, Tulip Tree
Hummingbird Mating is truly a joy to witness! Their flaming gorgets which attract mates also wins our hearts.
Hummingbird Habitat is vastly varied, spanning a diverse set of geographic areas. Tiny creatures with mighty spirits!
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