Creating a Hummingbird Garden

Who would not want to attract hummingbirds to their garden? Hummingbirds are an attractive addition to any garden. They can provide hours of entertainment as you and perhaps your children or grandchildren watch them hovering among your flowers and shrubs. Attracting hummingbirds to your garden is not that difficult. If you create a welcoming place for them, they will come.

Hummingbirds only need two things to be happy, nectar and a place to perch. If you provide these in abundance, they will make your garden their home. You can of course, just put out a  bird feeder but it is much more fragrant and attractive to plant a hummingbird garden.

The good news is, it will be a win-win situation. The bushes, flowers and vines that produce the nectar to attract the hummingbirds are also attractive to look at. By making your garden attractive to the birds, you will also enjoy it even when they are not there. Ill

Part of your plan should be to choose plants that will bloom at different times of the year. This will make it possible to have sightings throughout the entire season. Some will bloom in April and May, others in August and September and hopefully some will be blooming almost the entire time. Especially with begonias and petunias, if you clear out the deadheads they will continue to bloom non-stop all summer long.

Among the plants that hummingbirds favor are azaleas, honeysuckle, butterfly bushes, acanthus, mimosas, weigelias, morning glories, columbines, foxgloves, lupines, fuchsias, rose of Sharon, delphiniums, impatiens, begonias, hollyhocks and petunias. This will provide you with all the choices you could possibly want. They include bushes, vines, perennials and annuals.

Plants with a trumpet shaped flowers are ideal for hummingbirds. They can stick their beak into the flower without danger of becoming entangled in the foliage. These plants count on the hummingbird for pollination so it is a very symbiotic relationship.

Hummingbirds cannot smell, therefore you want to attract them to your garden with the color of your flowers. Red has been considered the best for attracting hummingbirds but it is not exclusive. Don’t limit yourself; purples, blues yellows and whites can be just as attractive to hummingbirds just as long as they provide the desired nectar.

Avoid using any pesticides in your garden. The hummingbirds will feed on the insects that will grow there. You want to have both a very sunny garden and a shade garden. Hummingbirds will feed in the sun but they like to perch in the shade.

Placement within the garden is also important. With vines such as morning glory they should be planted where there can grow onto an arbor. This is to maximize the ability to view the hummingbirds as they feed.

With a plan, plenty of plants and a little good luck you will soon be enjoying all the visitors to your hummingbird garden that you could ever want. Creating a hummingbird garden is easy and will bring years of enjoyment.

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