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Hummingbirds

Plant a hummingbird garden and they will come….

 Many flowering plants attract hummingbirds. Most are tubular in shape and many are red, though certainly not all. Successful hummingbird garden provides nectar sources from May through the first frost. There is a great temptation to plant acres of Bee Balm or Cardinal Flower, two of their favorite nectar sources. But in each case nectar would be available for just a brief period in a hummingbird’s life. The wise gardener selects an assortment of flowering plants with overlapping blooming periods, mixes perennials and annuals, and lets some of nature’s wildflowers and weeds persist, many of which are favored by hummingbirds and butterflies. Here are some of the best plants to consider when planning your garden.

Annuals

Perennials

Shrubs

Begonia

Agastache (Giant Hyssop)

Ableia

Calibrachoa (Million Bells)

Alcea (Hollyhock)

Azalea

Cleome

Aquilegia (Columbine) 

Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)

Dahlia

Asclepias (Milk Weed) 

Ceanothus (NJ Tea)

Fuchsia 

Campanula (Bellflower)

Cephalanthus(buttonbush)

Geranium

Campsis (Trumpet Vine)

Syringa(Lilac)

Hibiscus (Tropical)

Canna 

Weigelia

Impatiens 

Chelone (Turtlehead)

Yucca

Lantana 

Crocosmia

 

Morning Glory

Delphinium (Larkspur)

 

Pentas 

Dianthus

 

Petunias

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

 

Pineapple Sage

Digitalis (Foxglove)

 

Salvia (All Varieties)

Heuchera (Coral Bells)

 

Snapdragons 

Hosta

 

Torenia (Summer Wave) 

Iris

 

Verbena

Liatris

 

Zinnia

Lilium (Lily)

 
 

Lobelia Cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)

 
 

Lonicera(Honeysuckle)

 
 

Monarda (Bee Balm)

 
 

Oenothera (Evening Primrose)

 
 

Penstemon (Beardtounge)

 
 

Phlox

 

In order to intercept spring migrants & hold on to them as potential nesting birds, begin hanging your hummingbird feeders in Mid-April. The constant source of food that a feeder can provide (April through October) in a garden that is always changing, and where nectar is not a constant, may be what entices a hummingbird to nest in your yard or nearby. Remember, feeders should be cleaned thoroughly w/hot soapy water & rinsed w/boiling hot water at least once a week (more often in extremely hot months)/ the effects of an unclean feeder can harm these magnificent beauties.

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