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Creating A Hummingbird Habitat

Jul 11, 2016 1:40:15 PM

Written by

McKay Staff

in Landscaping Tips Plants

 

Here are 5 quick tips from Dave, our long-time hummingbird garden expert!

1. Water is Key! Make certain that there is always fresh water available for drinking as well as for bathing.

2. Sun & Shade - Create both sun & shade areas in your hummingbird garden. Hummingbirds need a place in shade to perch as well as to build their nests.

3. Trees for Nesting - Willow trees provide nesting materials which your hummingbirds will use, along with bits of leaves, spider webs, moss, and lichens to build their tiny nests.

4. Nectar vs. blossoms - Hummingbirds must feed 3-5 times per hour and your hummingbirds may become reliant on your garden for it's food, but there many be periods when there are no blossoms from which they can get nectar. It is a good idea to provide hummingbird feeders hung about thirty feet apart throughout your garden for these times.

5. Red is best! The best color for a feeder is brigh 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, and never, never use honey.

 

You might be wondering what flowers are best? Dave's recommended flowers have been proven to bring lots of hummingbirds!

Perennials

- Columbine (Aguilegia sp.)  

 

- Speedwell (Veronica hybrids)

 

 

Vines

- Honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.)

- Trumpet Creeper (Campis grandiflora)

 

Shrubs & Trees

- Azalea (Rhododendron sp.)

 

- Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)

- Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles sp.)

 

- Hibiscus (Hibiscus sp.)

- Lilac (Syringa sp.)

- Weigela (Weigela rosea)


 Happy Gardening! 

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