October 12, 2018 Ed Stam

Attract Hummingbirds to your Garden

If you enjoy both gardening and bird watching, there are many plants available that will attract hummingbirds to your garden. Even better than the store-bought bird feeders you are used to seeing. Also, hummingbirds prefer bright vibrant colours, so you will have the added benefit of a garden that is practical and pleasing to look at.

The colour red is famous for attracting hummingbirds, but you are not limited to just red flowers. In addition, there are purple, white, orange pink and blue flowers that are rich in nectar that attracts these birds. You are also not limited to plant selection when attracting hummingbirds. There are annuals, perennials, vines, shrubs, trees and hanging plants that will give you a well-rounded garden. Here is a small list of flowers that are sure to attract hummingbirds to your garden:

  • Bee Balm
  • Red Columbine
  • Delphinium and hollyhock
  • Catawba rhododendron
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Trumpet vine
  • Cardinal vine
  • Lantana and fuchsia

Delphinum and hollyhock are two favourites in perennial beds, both provide an abundance of nectar that hummingbirds crave. These plants also grow five feet tall or more and are a hardy plant, sure to do well in your garden. Also, the flowers on these plants come in a variety of colours to add some flavour and texture to your property.

If you are planning a new landscape, we recommend planning your hummingbird watching in advance. After all there is no point in attracting these creatures if you can’t watch them buzz around! Including a patio in your backyard combined with an arbor to give you a place to hang plants. That way you can sip your morning coffee while peacefully enjoying the company of friendly hummingbirds or even butterflies.

The plants mentioned above are intended for perennial beds and should be the finishing touch of your landscape. Planning your hardscape features first is key to give a solid form for the flora to properly accent.

If you want to learn how to attract hummingbirds to your garden, or other wildlife, contact the landscape design experts at Blossom Hill today!

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