We implemented a Butterfly garden a few years ago and have absolutely loved watching the butterflies and bees returning every year. We have also been blessed with a few Hummingbirds. These little guys are so fun to observe as they flit around. In an effort to attract more of these tiny, energetic birds we are planning on adding a few of the following items to our yard.
- A garden just for the Hummingbirds with lots of trumpet-shaped flowers like trumpet vine, honeysuckle, coral bells, and impatiens. Lots of Tuber plants, as they hold the most nectar for the little birds.
- Deadheading the flowers after they wilt to keep an abundance of blossoms for them. ( ie. removing the seed head after the flowers wilt)
- Laying off the pesticides. (We already cut out pesticides because of the Butterflies and Bees)
- Provide lots of perches like miniature trees and shrubs.
- Decorate the yard with bright red and orange ornaments. Hummingbirds are most attracted to these bright colors so placing some red ornamental balls, and tying orange ribbons around some trees is a good idea.
- Lastly, we’ll need a source of fresh water nearby for them. A fountain is best so they can bathe. (after all – that nectar can be pretty sticky)
Hopefully, these efforts will result in attracting more of these beautiful creatures. This list is not all that is required to attract and keep Hummingbirds. (there is an entire blog that could be written on feeding the birds) As always, I look forward to hearing from you with any additional comments you may have on this topic or anything relating to improving our homes and habitat.