Hummingbirds are such a delight to share your garden with. They zip through the foliage, scoping out available eats. Did you know that hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world? Here are a few more fun facts about these little guys and girls:
• They have no sense of smell.
• They must feed approximately every 10 minutes and consume more than their weight in nectar each day.
• They are extremely territorial.
Want to invite of a few of these tiny neighbors into your garden? You can begin by creating a hummingbird haven. Here are a few tips:
• Select a sunny spot that can be seen from a window or patio.
• Be sure there is shade nearby, making a good resting spot.
• Provide a source of clean, fresh water.
• Set out feeders when flowers are taking a break.
• Plant brightly colored, nectar-filled flowers. Red is their favorite color.
The sweet nectar of many annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs make delightful dining for local hummingbirds. From spring through fall, you’ll find these lovely creatures out enjoying the blooms.
Here are a few plants that hummingbirds just can’t resist.
Achillea – Yarrow
Alcea – Hollyhock
Aquilegia – Columbine
Echinacea – Coneflower
Erysimum – Wallflower
Heliotropium – Heliotrope
Kniphofia – Red Hot Poker
Leucanthemum – Shasta Daisy
Monarda – Bee Balm
Origanum – Oregano
If you have any questions about which plants would do well in your garden, come in and see us. Or you can post your questions here, too!