Monthly Archive for August, 2015

Hummingbirds love these garden plants

Hummingbird

For whatever reason my yard has been attracting large numbers of Hummingbirds this summer.  They always seem to appear when I am focused on an activity, and it takes me a few seconds to figure out what the impossibly small, multicolored object is floating in mid air. Hummingbirds are magicians.  They are charismatic, memorizing and flamboyant.  The break the rules of nature and leave us asking for more.  Want to attract more Hummingbirds to your yard? Of course you do!

The Hummingbird Diet

You could not be faulted for thinking that Humingbirds have a thing for Cherry Coolaid.  The Hummingbird feeder, an upside down bottle with yellow flower-shaped spouts around its base, has become almost as ubiquitous as the garden hose.  The red, sugary substance in the feeder is made to approximate the nectar Hummingbirds get from flowers.  Contrary to popular belief, nectar only makes up about 50% of a Hummingbird’s diet, the rest being primarily insects.  I guess no one has figured out how to make an insect dispenser that can be sold in stores.

Plants that attract Hummingbirds

The best way to attract Hummingbirds is to fill your garden with flowering plants.  That said, some plants work better than others. The one that seems to work the best for me is Honeysuckle Vine (Lonicera).  These are some other perennials that Hummingbirds find hard to resist.

Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii)

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Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans )

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Salvia

Salvia

 

Columbine (Aquilegia)

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Bee Balm (Monarda)

Beebalm

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

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