Hanging a feeder from an eave will attract these little bundles of near-perpetual motion to your yard; however, a feeder that is strategically surrounded by certain summer plants guarantees many repeat visitors. Hummingbirds are attracted to a safe place to hang out, talk to each other, flirt, bathe and eat. So, if you want to draw a large population to your yard, your landscape should include plants, trees, shrubs, and colorful vines that these little birds especially like.
We have a great selection of feeders from inexpensive plastic to beautiful glass. Hang in a location that it not in the direct sunlight to prevent the ‘nectar’ from spoiling more quickly. Change ‘nectar’ every 3 to 5 days to prevent mold and fermentation. Our hummingbird food is free of preservatives and food color and is easy to mix. No boiling required! Clean your feeder once a week with hot water and a dilute bleach solution and a bottle brush. Never use honey in your feeder as it easily ferments and can be fatal to Hummingbirds.
Tiny insects provide the protein and flowering plants provide the nectar that hummingbirds need to keep going. Because hummingbirds ingest half their weight in food every day, they visit a large array of plants and especially enjoy plants with brightly colored tubular flowers.
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia)
Four O’ Clock
Red Hot Poker
(Provide ‘Downy’ Nesting Material)
Chaste Tree (Vitex)
To attract even more hummingbirds to your garden, provide them with an ideal habitat. Important elements of hummingbird habitat include:[one-half first]
- Nearby trees for shelter and nesting
- Areas of full sun, partial shade and full shade
- Blocks of color in your flower beds
- Plantings with mixed levels of flowers
- Plantings along ‘edges’ of meadows or forests
- Source of ‘downy’ plant material for nest building
- Splashing or spraying water