Plants is the #1 Way To Attract Those Speedy Beauties
Planting a hummingbird garden is a great way to attract the tiny, colorful birds to your yard. If you understand what the birds like to eat in their natural habitat, and what they prefer for their environment, soon you will have the exotic-looking visitors in your very own yard.
Attract Hummingbirds Using Their Sense of Sight
Hummingbirds are attracted to their food by their sight. They are a curious bird and will stop by to taste anything that looks like a tempting treat to them. But what tempts a hummingbird’s appetite? Several characteristics of plants attract the birds. They don’t have a sense of smell, so fragrance is not essential when choosing flowers to attract hummers. They are, however, attracted to plants that have high nectar production.
Hummingbirds do seem to like brightly colored flowers, and plants with tube-shaped flowers. They use their long, pointed bills to drink the nectar that provides them with the high energy needed for them to beat their wings thousands of times per day. Some trees and shrubs that produce the flowers that hummingbirds crave are:
Flowers that attract hummingbirds frequently have tube-shaped flowers, and include:
Trees that hummingbirds love are:
Choosing perennials to plant will ensure that your hummingbirds have a meal waiting for them from year to year. Hummingbirds also eat tree sap, such as the sweet sap of the sugar maple tree. They also gain an excellent source of sugary nectar from over ripened fruit and are especially fond of the persimmon’s ripe, sweet juice as well as that of the orange, pear, apple and prickly pear cactus. Adding a fruit tree to your property will also feed both you and the hummingbirds as well. Avoid using pesticides on plants that will feed your hummingbirds to keep them healthy, too.
Planting these lovely additions to your garden not only adds color and fragrance but will entice the hummingbirds to your yard for a quick nectar pick-me-up.