Everyone loves watching hummingbirds. These amazing little birds zip about here then there, lapping up the nectar from the feeders or flowers with their long tongues. Here are some helpful hints to attract more hummingbirds to your garden.
Hummingbirds are attracted to the colour red.
Plant tubular shaped flowers, especially red ones that are rich in nectar.
Mass the red flowers together as much as possible so that the hummingbirds REALLY see your garden.
Keep several feeders filled with fresh nectar. Use only 1 part sugar to 3-4 parts water when making nectar. Never add red coloring, honey, molasses, or anything else.
Have a bush or tree for the hummers to perch when not feeding or bathing.
Hummingbirds are very territorial. If you attract more than one hummingbird, you might have hummer fights on your hands! They are very protective of “their” feeder. To solve this, hang several feeders in different parts of your yard.
Here’s a list of the plants these little critters love.
- Bee balm
- Butterfly weed
- Coral bells
- Red hot poker
- Trumpet Vine
- Tuberous Begonia