If you love a flower garden you will be one step ahead of everyone else because Hummingbirds love flowers too! And Hummingbirds depend on the blossoms from plants to produce the nectar that sustains their life.
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:
1. Bugs &
Hummingbirds love flowers not just for the nectar that the blooms provide either. Plants and flowers attract insects, sometimes tiny ones, which are needed by Hummers to survive. They require a good dose of “bug” on their menu each day to keep up their busy lifestyle.
And flowers provide the little birds with a culinary assortment of bugs to eat.
Hummingbirds eat the bugs attracted to the plants too and this will in turn provide longer viewing for you.
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.
The following is a list of plants that invite Hummingbirds to your flower garden. There are many sources available that can assist you in choosing the plants that will grow well in your growing zone. You could ask at your local gardening center or someone in your local birding group who is also an avid gardener could help with this knowledge.
Hummingbird plants produce a good supply of nectar which Hummers love. They are also adorned 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.
Most birds have very little smell and rely to a large extent on what they see and hear. Hummingbirds are no exception so fragrant flowers are not criteria when choosing which blossoming plants to use.
It is also significant to know that native (indigenous) plants that are properly selected for a given area produce more nectar than cultivated hybrids.
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
Plan your garden to begin blooming in spring before your Hummingbirds are expected to return so there are blossoms waiting for them.
Then plan to have plants producing flowers throughout the summer that Hummingbirds will enjoy.
If you can keep flowers into the autumn that will be a big bonus for hummers too as they stock up on energy reserves for migration.
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