In the evenings, we enjoy watching hummingbirds dip in and out of the orange, Asiatic lilies in the flowerbed. Jewelweed also known as Spotted touch-me-nots are in bloom on both sides of the creek. Morning Glory wraps around the stand of the hummingbird feeder. Hummingbirds are welcomed summer guests, beautiful to watch and easily enticed into your flower garden.
Important Facts to Know to Attract Hummingbirds:
Hummingbirds are attracted to flowers by color. They are particularly drawn to red, orange and pink blooms for the nectar.
A second factor to consider is the shape of the flowers. Plants with tubular, bell-like blooms are the hummingbird’s favorite. Tubular flowers grow not only on perennials but also on vines, bushes, herbs and wildflowers.
Planting natural sources of botanical nectar not only entices these unique creatures to your yard, but provides essential nourishment and energy to visiting hummingbirds.
To encourage hummingbirds to linger in your flower garden, plant any of the following botanicals:
Spotted Touch-me-not; aka Jewelweed, is often found in the wild along waterways. Note the orange and yellow bell shaped blooms in photo above.
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Check out Lowell and Deborah's super sturdy and handsome DIY Gardening Potting Bench Plans.