The plant Scarlet sage also known is scarlet salvia is a favorite of hummingbirds, so why not think of including it in your garden as another way to draw the hummingbirds to your yard? I’m certain that you and the hummingbirds will be glad that you did so. This post will provide you with some information about this plant.
If you live in a warmer climate then Scarlet sage or scarlet salvia will grow as a perennial, but it will grow as an annual if the winter temperatures where you live remain below freezing for a few hours. Scarlet sage will bloom from early summer until the first frost. This plant is a favorite of the eastern hummingbird because it has bright red tubular flowers.
You will want to check with your local plant nursery or garden center to help determine if this plant would be suitable for your garden.
In this video, Skip Richter shares tips on how to attract hummingbirds to your landscape with the use of many types of red tubular flowers and also a hummingbird feeder. Give these tips a try and you will not only help to successfully beautify your landscape but you will make the hummingbirds happy because you are providing an additional food source.
Protein is a necessary requirement of the hummingbird’s diet as well as nectar. About 10 percent of the hummingbird’s diet comes from sources which provide protein. As a result, the hummingbird will eat soft bodied insects and spiders to gain the needed protein necessary within their diet. A hummingbird will capture the insect it eats through a process known as “hawking,” which is when the hummingbird flies and dives to capture the insect out of the air.
The remaining 90 percent of the hummingbird’s diet comes from nectar which is from flower or feeder sources. Each feeding only last approximately 30 seconds in length and this will occur between 5-8 times per hour.
In this video “Birdman Mel” offers his tips on how to successfully attract hummingbirds to your backyard. He explains that you can do this through the use of nectar rich plants or a hummingbird feeder. He explains how to make your own nectar solution and why keeping your feeders properly cleaned and maintained is so vitally important.
There are people who enjoy hummingbirds and wish to entice these birds to visit their yard regularly, but they wish to do so without the use of hummingbird feeders. If you fall into this category yourself, you are not alone. What you plant in your yard for the hummingbirds to feed upon will serve to entice the hummingbirds to visit your yard and keep them continually returning as well. Think of your efforts this way, you are rewarding the hummingbirds for their hard working efforts as both pollinators and bug eaters.
The following are some suggestions which are commonly known to attract hummingbirds. Not all of these may grow where you live, but to be sure about this please check with your local nursery before making a decision about what to plant in your yard. The scarlet red cardinal flower and black and blue salvia are often good choices. Also, hummingbirds like hibiscus, azaleas and purple bee balm. My last few suggestions would be trumpet honeysuckle, wild columbine, bleeding heart, impatiens and scarlet sage.
Another great way to keep the hummingbirds happy and therefore returning to your yard frequently and with regularity is through the use of a mister or sprinkler. The mister or sprinkler can even be on a timer that makes it turn on at particular times during the day. Hummingbirds enjoy bathing and will quickly learn the timing of your mister or and therefore want to make that their bathing time.