How to let your garden go to the hummingbirds
Sep 5, 2012, 8:28 a.m.
If you've ever taken offense to the words "Your garden is for the birds!" then you've probably never had the pleasure of being visited by hummingbirds. Of course, it's never too late to turn over a new leaf. If you're interested in turning your blasé backyard into a vibrant, buzzing hummingbird garden, here's a list of some of the best plants and flowers to grow.
While cardinals are by far some of the best flowers for hummingbirds due to their vibrant color, there are many others that are equally as attractive to them and that'll keep them coming back for more. Who knows, they may even bring along a few friends in the process, turning your backyard into a bona fide hummingbird habitat. Here's a list of the flowers that hummingbirds find the most popular.
- Bee balm
- Bleeding heart
- Butterfly bush
- Calico bush
- Carpet bugle
- Columbia lily
- Coral bell
- Desert trumpet
- Red fireweed
- Scarlet creeper
- Trumpet honeysuckle
- Trumpet vine
Although you may not think it entirely necessary, having a wide cross section of different types of plants and flowers in your backyard will ensure that your intended visitors come often and don't stay away too long. For the best results, decorate your garden with plants and flowers that bloom at different times of the year so that the hummingbirds will make it a habit to visit you throughout the year instead of only once per season.
If you're going to be catering your garden specifically for hummingbirds, it's important to remember that the use of insecticides or pesticides in your backyard can be incredibly harmful to them. Even if the chemicals don't harm the hummingbirds, it won't exactly be inviting -- remember, hummingbirds feed on insects and if you kill every last creepy crawly in your backyard, you can't exactly expect your fast-flapping visitors to stick around very long.
Also, be sure to keep up with your garden by removing any faded flowers from the hummingbird buffet. As it turns out, they're picky creatures who might take a look at old, faded flowers and decide that there's nothing more for them to pillage. The best way to convince them otherwise is through frequent upkeep.
Hummingbirds are delicate and rare creatures can sometimes bring an otherwise drab garden to life just with their presence. To find out for yourself, get busy planting your very own hummingbird garden today.
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