If you’re lucky enough to live in a part of the world that’s inhabited by hummingbirds, you can enjoy these adorable little guys even more by attracting them to your garden. Hummingbirds can be found in the western hemisphere, ranging from Alaska to the southern tip of Chile, although most prefer to live in the tropics. 12 species of hummingbirds summer in the United States, so here are a few simple tips to ensure that these sweet birds visit your garden.
Hummingbird feeders are a great option if you have a balcony or patio, but don’t have a yard of your own to plant flowers that attract hummers. Hang hummingbird feeders 15-20 feet from your windows, and within 10-15 feet of nearby bushes and shrubs. Clean out the sugar water in the feeder every two days during the hottest days of summer, less frequently when it’s cooler. Hummingbirds like to move around from nectar source to nectar source, so hang several feeders or make sure any single feeder is near plants that are hummingbird attractors.
You can turn your backyard into a hummingbird garden, and also attract butterflies and bees too. Hummingbirds are drawn to trumpet-shaped flowers in the red, orange and pink color range. There are lots of pretty and easy to grow plants that attract hummingbirds. Here are a few good options to consider, just make sure the flowers you choose will grow well in your USDA plant hardiness zone.
- Trumpet Vine
- Bee Balm
- Hummingbird Mint
- Morning Glory
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