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Make a Hummingbird Heaven in Your Yard

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).

Read more: Nature, Lawns & Gardens, Nature & Wildlife,

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.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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7:49PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Lovely!

9:29AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Thank you

9:34PM PDT on May 27, 2012

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."


11:17AM PDT on May 27, 2012

thanks :)

9:08AM PDT on May 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

10:46AM PDT on Aug 14, 2008

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.)

10:40AM PDT on Aug 14, 2008

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?

10:40AM PDT on Aug 14, 2008

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?

4:02AM PDT on Jul 17, 2008

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

I have a lense on Squidoo about them:
www.squidoo.com/wingedlife

4:36PM PDT on Jul 16, 2008

organic flowers are the hummingbirds food and I am so grateful for the one that comes each Am and flys over to me as I sleep on my tiny deck. she coms so close and is so lovely as I greet her.. Granulated sugar causes so many health problems in children and adults,imagine how dangerous it is for a whisp of a hummingbird. Flowers not sugar and then no wasp problem either.
P.Tyler ND

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