Make a Hummingbird Heaven in Your Yard

Hummingbirds are such amazing creatures, with their exquisite jewel-like colors and swift darting flight. When we see them, we are irresistibly reminded of fairies, and their presence in our yards always seems like a kind of blessing. And it turns out to be easier to attract them than you think.

Here is a listing of some of the hummingbird’s favorite flowers and shrubs, plus a description of an easy-to-make hummingbird feeder that really works. Find out how to make your yard a hummingbird heaven, right here:

Some favored cultivated flowers and flowering trees and shrubs:

Acacia, apple, crabapple, azalea, begonia, bird of paradise, bleeding heart, blood-red trumpet vine, bougainvillea, camellia, catnip, Chinese lantern, columbine, crape myrtle, dahlia, daylily, delphinium, eucalyptus, evening primrose, flame vine, foxglove, fuchsia, geranium, gladiolus, globe thistle, ground ivy, hibiscus, hollyhock, honeysuckle, hosta, hummingbird bush, impatiens, iris, jasmine, lavender, lilac, lily, lobelia, lupine, mint, morning glory, nasturtium, periwinkle, petunia, phlox, pink, primrose, rhododendron, rose of Sharon, sage, snapdragon, sweet William, verbena, weigela, wisteria, zinnia.

Some favored wildflowers:

Bee balm, wild bergamot, bluebells, bluebonnet, bouncing bet, scarlet Bavaria, butterfly weed, columbine, currant, desert bell, figwort, firecracker flower, fireweed, honeysuckle, jewelweed, black locust, mountain laurel, paintbrush, penstemon, redbud, snowberry, Solomon’s seal, thistle, trumpet flower, wallflower, wood betony.

An easy hummingbird feeder:

A small glass bottle with a rubber stopper that fits snugly into the bottle’s mouth; a narrow curved glass tube that is placed in a hole in the center of the rubber stopper; a red plastic tip with a small hole in the center of it that covers the end of the plastic tube.

Fill this feeder with:

Sugar-water solution

Four parts water to 1 part granulated sugar. Boil the mixture for a couple of minutes to dissolve the sugar and destroy harmful microorganisms. (Add a little extra water to your solution so it doesn’t get too concentrated in boiling. Too-sweet solution is harmful to hummingbirds.)

Excess solution may be safely stored in the refrigerator for about a week.

AVOID honey, artificial sweeteners, or any food coloring in your sugar-water. And please be sure to clean and refill your feeders at least once a week, and more often if feeders are placed in direct sunlight– to prevent the growth of molds and bacteria which could be fatal to your hummingbirds.

Hang the feeders among the plants or trees in your yard.

Related:
2 Projects for Backyard Bird Lovers
Bee-Friendly Landscaping
15 Drought-Tolerant Perennials
How to Attract Butterflies

Adapted from The Hummingbird Garden, by Matthew Tekulsky (Harvard Common Press, 1990).

Adapted from The Hummingbird Garden, by Matthew Tekulsky (Harvard Common Press, 1990). Copyright (c) 1990 by Matthew Tekulsky. Reprinted by poermission of Harvard Common Press.

34 comments

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.7 months ago

Thank you for this great information

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Dolly Navina L.3 years ago

Lovely!

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Rosemary Rannes

Thank you Annie for this information. This is what I did not know before I read your article and it's so important that I have copied and pasted it again which I hope is acceptable.

"AVOID honey, artificial sweeteners, or any food coloring in your sugar-water. And please be sure to clean and refill your feeders at least once a week, and more often if feeders are placed in direct sunlight– to prevent the growth of molds and bacteria which could be fatal to your hummingbirds."


Angela N.
Angela N.4 years ago

thanks :)

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Katheryn H.
Katheryn H.7 years ago

I have a problem with bees (yellow jackets and red wasps) in my feeders. Does anyone have any sugestions as to how to deter the bees. The hummers won't come anywhere near as long as the feeders are covered w/bees (I don't really blame them.)

Katheryn H.
Katheryn H.7 years ago

At the begining of the season we had a pair of breadind hummers. several weeks ago my Mom noticed a little male. He is colored just like the larger male but is smaller and his beak is much shorter. It is so amazing to see the miracle of life right in your own back yard.
Our feeders are on the back deck, so we can enjoy them from the kitchen table. At lest count there were about 7 or 8 hummers zoomig around the feeders and playing in the back yard. They are so funny to watch.
Has anyone noticed that if you wear red outside, that they will come right up to you to chech you out, trying to make sure that you are not a flower?

Katheryn H.
Katheryn H.7 years ago

At the begining of the season we had a pair of breadind hummers. several weeks ago my Mom noticed a little male. He is colored just like the larger male but is smaller and his beak is much shorter. It is so amazing to see the miracle of life right in your own back yard.
Our feeders are on the back deck, so we can enjoy them from the kitchen table. At lest count there were about 7 or 8 hummers zoomig around the feeders and playing in the back yard. They are so funny to watch.
Has anyone noticed that if you wear red outside, that they will come right up to you to chech you out, trying to make sure that you are not a flower?

Christina G.
Christina G.7 years ago

Thanks for this article...Hummingbirds are amazing & deserve our special care.

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