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Hummingbird Gardens

Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

"What flowers are good to plant to have hummingbirds visit your flower garden. My mother has an Angles trumpet that she has a hummingbird visit. Are there other flowers I can plant? Thank you for your time.. "

A good Hummingbird Garden takes more than just Flowers for the Hummingbirds

Aside from the nectar filled flowers which you will grow, a good hummingbird garden must also consist of an entire habitat for the birds.

Make certain that there will always be a source of fresh clean water available for drinking as well as for bathing.

Create both sun and shade areas within your hummingbird habitat. Your hummingbirds need places in the shade to perch on as well as to build their nests on!

Living with Hummingbirds

Willows and Eucalyptus trees provide much of the nesting materials which your hummingbirds will use, along with collected bits of leaves, spider webs, moss, and lichens to build their tiny nests.

Hummingbirds must feed 3-5 times per hour to provide enough energy to keep your hummingbirds going. Once they have chosen your garden to nest in, they may becomecompletely reliant on your garden for for their source of food.

There may be periods of time when there are no blossoms available for them to collect natural nectar. For that reason it is a good idea to provide supplemental hummingbird feeders, hung about thirty feet apart throughout your garden.

Hummingbird Flowers and Plants

Keep in mind that hummingbirds are attracted to flower colors and nectar, not fragrance. Some cultivated hybrids produce less nectar than their wild counterparts, but they still make excellent additions to your hummingbird habitat garden.

Plants and Flowers that Attract and Feed Hummingbirds

Hummingbird Feeders

The best color for your feeder is bright red to attract the birds from a distance. Never fill your feeders with anything but sugar-water mix of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.

  • Do not use food coloring of any kind!
  • Never, ever, ever use honey (Honey can develop a fungus which is fatal to hummingbirds)
  • Always keep your feeders clean and filled!

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