How To Attract Humming Birds

Do you like humming birds? Would you like to know how to attract humming birds to the garden?

There are many plants that attract humming birds, but humming birds also need shelter and water. We have plenty of water and shelter for them. I learned the humming birds love my huge nandina this last winter when I disturbed them and got scolded. I recently saw a baby humming bird so I know they are nesting somewhere nearby. I also put up several humming bird feeders around my yard.  (We use a formula of 4 parts water to 1 part sugar to make the nectar, which gets boiled for a few minutes and then cooled.)

Humming birds are attracted to the color red, which includes many red flowers.  I have had humming birds zoom up to within a few feet of me if I am wearing a shirt with red on it and then dart off.  They also like trumpet shaped flowers, which are easy for them to get nectar from.

I have many flowers in my yard which attract humming birds. I didn’t realize how many until I started looking at a list of flowers that do attract humming birds. Humming birds like the color red and flowers that are red. They also like flowers better trumpet shape and we have quite a few of those in our yard.

Here are just some of the flowers that humming birds like that are already in my garden:

Foxglove, Columbine, Fuchsias, Petunia, Heuchera, Monarda, Geranium, Azaleas, Begonia, Weigela, Hostas, Flowering Quince, Crocisima

And here are some others that I don’t have:

Honeysuckle, Lantana, Cardinal Flower, Impatiens, Hollyhocks, Penstemen, Flowering Tobacco, Butterfly Bush, Flowering Crab, Tulip Poplar, Locust, Eucalyptus, Vines Honeysuckle, Morning Glory, Trumpet Creeper, Trumpet, Honeysuckle

Of the many flowers that attract humming birds, you may find that you, too, already have some in your garden, and you may only need to add a feeder with nectar.