Gardening for Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds have delighted birdwatchers for centuries. Their bright, iridescent colors, rapid flight and ability to hover are a few of the traits that make them unique. To attract hummingbirds to your garden, plant trees and shrubs for them to perch in and nest and nectar-rich, flowering annuals and perennials. Add hummingbird feeders and a source of water.

Plants to Attract Hummingbirds

Trees, Shrubs and Vines:

Annuals and Perennials:

Abelia

Bee Balm

Abutilon

Butterfly Weed

Aesculus 

Cleome

Arctostaphylos

Dahlia

Buddleja

Daylily

Callistemon

Geranium

Cestrum

Hibiscus

Grevillea

Lantana

Hibiscus

Lavender

Lonicera

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

Mimosa

Penstemon

Sambucus

Red Hot Poker

Weigelia

Salvia

Vitex agnus-castus

Zinnia

 

Feeders

Hummingbirds are very territorial, so it’s best to hang several feeders and space them apart. Place them in an area that is protected from high wind and predators. Avoid high-traffic areas and areas in all-day sun. Hummingbirds like a nearby tree or bush in which to perch. Clean the feeders regularly and keep them full. Keep ants out of the feeders by adding an ant moat or buy one with a built-in moat.

 

Water

Hummingbirds do not like deep bowls. Choose a shallow birdbath or use a saucer.

 

 

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