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Attract hummingbirds to your garden with hummingbird plants
Hummingbirds are gorgeous visitors to (or residents of) any garden. They’re also really useful as they pollinate flowers and eat huge numbers of pest insects. If you’d like to attract hummingbirds to your garden, one of the most important things you can do is grow hummingbird plants.
This page includes a range of hummingbird-attracting plants that also look great in the garden. And because hummingbirds need lots of food, we recommend you grow at least a few that provide food for hummingbirds. Ideally, you should grow a variety of species that flower at different times so you can provide food for hummingbirds throughout the year.
3 top benefits of having hummingbirds in your garden
- Hummingbirds pollinate flowers. When hummingbirds poke their heads inside their favorite flowers in order to feed on the nectar, they also inadvertently rub their faces in the flowers’ pollen and later transfer it to the stigma of other flowers thus pollinating those flowers.
- They’re a boundless source of pleasure. Hummingbirds are gorgeous and are treasured by those lucky enough to have them in their garden.
- Hummingbirds provide free pest control. Hummingbirds don’t just eat nectar. They also eat large numbers of pest insects including aphids, caterpillars, gnats, the eggs of some insects and even mosquitos. So instead of using insecticides, just attract hummingbirds to your garden and you’ll find yourself with a surprisingly effective, safe and environmentally friendly way to reduce the number of pests in your garden.
How to attract hummingbirds to your garden
If you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden, you need to cover all their needs including food, water, habitat and security. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have hummingbirds flocking to your garden in no time:
- Grow some native plants. Native hummingbirds have evolved to rely on native plants, so it’s usually native plants that are the best choices when it comes to hummingbird-attracting plants.
- Grow plants that provide shelter. Hummingbirds, like all birds, need to feel secure. So if you want to attract them to your garden, you need to provide them protection from predators. You can do this by growing prickly bushes and shrubs that the hummingbirds can hide in but their predators will stay out of. Protection is especially important around any water sources.
- Grow plants that provide food. Hummingbirds, like all wildlife, will be attracted to your garden if you grow plants that can feed them. Choose a variety of nectar-producing plants to satisfy these voracious eaters.
- Plan a continuous blooming schedule. If you grow lots of plants that sprout nectar-producing flowers at the same time, you might entice hummingbirds to your garden for a visit. If you want them to visit your garden regularly, or move in permanently, you have to provide hummingbirds with a source of food all year round. And that means developing a continuous blooming schedule.
- Provide water. All animals need water to survive and hummingbirds are no exception. If you provide water for them to drink as well as water for them to bathe in, they won’t need to leave your property in search of either and so will be much more likely to make a permanent home in your garden.
- Limit your use of pesticides. Many pesticides can harm or even kill birds, including hummingbirds. So if you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden, get rid of any pesticides you may have on hand.
8 top plants for attracting hummingbirds to your garden
If you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden, here are eight top hummingbird-attracting plants that will do a great job:
- Purple cone-flower
- Red cardinal lobelia
- Milkweed plant
- Touch me not
- Bee balm Monarda
- Downy blue lobelia
- Siberian iris