Hummingbird Food

Using Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds

I don’t know about you but I pesonally can’t wait for spring to arrive.  Thank goodness, it is finally just around the corner.  Thinking about the upcomming arrival of spring as gotten me to think more about how to more effectively use flowers to attract hummingbirds.  Here are some things to keep in mind.

Due to the fact that hummingbirds have no known sense of smell, the flowers that attract hummingbirds are those that are most highly visable and have a high nectar production.  Also, the use of hybrid flowers will likely be far less successful at attracting hummingbirds then native wild flowers because the hybrid flowes produce far less nectar.

It is also important to remember that pesticides should never be used in a hummingbird garden, because doing so can make the hummingbirds ill or even kill them.  Also, doing so will eliminate the insects that hummingbirds rely on for protein and protien is a vital part of the hummingbirds diet.

There are many plants that you can use in a hummingbird garden to help attract and entice these tiny little flying jewels of nature.  The specific one you select will depend on where you live, but the following are some of my absolute favorites:

  • Azalea
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Honeysuckle
  • Lantana
  • Morning Glory
  • Scarlet Runner Bean

The plants listed above are just a few of all the numerous plants that will help you successfully attract hummingbirds to your garden.  I think that I like the ones listed above because they were some of the ones that my mom had in her flower garden and she had great success attracting the hummingbirds.  As a result, seeing these plants once again causes me to think of my mom and have happy memories.

What are you waiting for?  Spring is almost here so now is the time to begin planning your hummingbird garden.  Regardless of the exact plants you choose, you will be glad you created a hummingbird garden because you will have a beautiful yard and the plants you select will be an excellant natural food source for the hummingbirds.  Best of luck with your hummingbird garden everyone!  Isn’t spring the most wonderful, glorious time of year?  

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