No flower garden would be complete without hummingbirds. I have fifteen tips to attract Hummingbirds to your yard and flower gardens.
If you are like me, I could watch these little birds for hours. In fact, I put a bench in the flower garden for that very reason. My husband and I will sit and watch as they sip nectar from the feeder or flowers.
Today, I wanted to share fifteen tips to attract Hummingbirds. Believe me when I say, it will bring to your garden a sense of peace and tranquility. There is something magical about watching these birds and hearing the fluttering sounds of their wings.
I grew up on an 88 acre flower farm. We had an abundance of flowers of all kinds raised for my grandparents’ florist as well as local florists. There were always an abundance of butterflies of all kinds, bees, and birds. We had no shortages of Hummingbirds. Sometimes, they would get into the greenhouses and my mother or father would rescue them.
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15 tips to attract hummingbirds
1. Add Plants to Your Garden that attracts hummingbirds
Some of the best plants that attracts Hummingbirds are:
- Bee Balm
- Bleeding Hearts
- Butterfly Bush
- Cardinal Flower
- Coral Bells
- Fuchsia (annuals)
- Geraniums (red or hot pink – annuals)
- Hibiscus (annuals in some areas)
- Hosta – Hummingbird love the tubular purple blooms
- Impatiens (annuals)
- Petunias (annuals)
- Trumpet Vine
- Zinnias (annuals)
Add plants and flowers in the garden or around the house that blooms continuously. It ensures that there is adequate food source in the spring, summer and into the early fall.
2. ADD A WATER SOURCE
Fountains can be especially attractive to Hummingbirds if there are spots that are shallow where the water runs over ledges, lips, and rims. It is a great place for Hummingbird to perch to wash. The stone type of fountains that have bubblers are great options to add to your garden. My fountain in the photo above has a bubbler on top also.
Most bird baths are too deep for Hummingbirds. However, if you have a birdbath that has a mister or bubbler it would work.
If found that adding a mister sprinkle to the yard, the Hummingbirds love to fly through it. It not only helps the flowers and water our grass, the little birds love it as well.
My water fountain above has two water sources. None of my photos had the top feature that bubbles. I have seen the Hummingbird go to both sources the top and the bottom dripper.
3. ADD FEEDERS
Personally, I prefer glass Hummingbird feeders in red, orange, pink or turquoise colors. The glass cleans up much easier than the plastic feeders. The ones that I use are listed below under Feeders and Homes for Hummingbirds. They have little perches for the Hummers to rest while feeding.
Unfortunately, the pink feeder shown in the photo was found at a local nursery.
4. Keep Your Feeders Cleaned & Filled
It is very important to keep your feeders cleaned from mold building up and filled with fresh nectar. Nectar will spoil so it important to empty, clean and refill. If your feeders are in full sunlight, you will need to clean and refill every three days. If the feeders are in full shade, you should clean and refill every 5 days.
To clean your feeders, empty them and put in the sink of hot soapy water. You need to rinse with water thoroughly before refilling. Cleaning them will prevent any harmful mold growth inside the feeder.
5. Do Not Use Red Dyes or Food Coloring
Red dyes and food coloring are very harmful to Hummingbirds. Do not purchase the store bought nectar that contains dye. It is really easy to make homemade nectar. See the recipe in tip number 6.
6. Feed them quality nectar
It is easy and cost efficient to make your own homemade nectar. You know the quality of making it homemade.
I follow the recommendation from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute. Two ingredients: refined white sugar and water. To make safe nectar: mix one part of sugar with four parts water. I use 1 cup of sugar to 4 cups of water. Do NOT add red or any color food dyes to it. Stir the water and sugar mixture until it has completely dissolved. Tap water is fine and you do not need to boil the water.
Fill your Hummingbird feeder with the sugar water and place outside. The extra nectar can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Then you will need to make a new batch.
7. The Ideal Spot
Find a good spot in the yard to place your feeders. You can hang them from the porch, shepherd hook in the garden/yard or from a tree in the yard.
8. Safe Spot
When you are thinking about where to put your feeders, it is important to keep them out of the reach of cats or other predator. You do not want your feeder hung low. Keep them also far enough away from windows and doors. You don’t want the little birds flying into the glass or screen.
9. Attach Your Feeder to an ant moat
Ants love the nectar too. Although I did not have this problem last year, I have in past years. Then I discovered ant moats. You attach to the hook and then simply fill the moat with water. you can see it in the photo above. The ants go in, but they can’t get out and they cannot get into your feeders. Your feeder will hang from the Ant Moat.
This Juegoal Hummingbird Feeder for Outdoors is 30oz and Hand Blown Glass Hummingbird Feeder that comes with an ant moat. It is at a great price point. I have two of them in my yard. You can find them here.
10. Use Bee Resistant Feeders
Most feeders these days are designed to for bee resistance. The bee resist the feeding flowers and it will allow your Hummingbirds a great feeding experience.
11. Create Distance between the feeders
In the past, I would group of feeders together. Then I realized that one overly aggressive bully Hummingbird could keep the rest from feeding. So I did a little research and found that it is best to have several feeders spaced out at least 15-20 feet apart from the other feeder. It will provide more space for Hummingbirds to feed, especially if you have one bird that seems to be more aggressive and scares the others away.
12. Place feeders at the beginning of the season
You will want to get your feeders out early. Before you think the Hummingbirds will show up. Sometimes, they will show up earlier than expected. So it’s best to be prepared. You don’t want them to find favor at your neighbor’s yard.
A rule of thumb that I have been using is I hang up my Hummingbird feeders when the Cherry Trees in our area begin to bloom. Not sure when to put your feeders out. I got you!
Here is a list by state of when to put out the feeders. At least, it will give you a generally idea for the state that you live in.
For Maryland is it saying late April but the Cherry Trees are starting to bloom. Therefore, I am getting my feeders ready now.
|STATE||WHEN TO PUT HUMMINGBIRD |
|STATE||WHEN TO PUT HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER OUT|
|Alabama||Late April/Early May||Montana||Late April/Mid May|
|Alaska||Late April/Early May||Nebraska||Mid May|
|Arizona||Early-Mid April or Year-Round||Nevada||Early April or Year-Round|
|Arkansas||Late March/Early April||New Hampshire||Early May|
|California||Mid March/Early April or Year-Round||New Jersey||Late April/Early May|
|Colorado||Mid April||New Mexico||Late March/Early April|
|Connecticut||Late April/Early May||New York||Late April/Early May|
|Delaware||Late March/Early April||North Carolina||Late March/Early April or Year-Round|
|Florida||Early-Mid March||North Dakota||Mid May|
|Georgia||Late February/Early March||Ohio||Mid-Late April|
|Hawaii||No Hummingbirds/Banned By State Law||Oklahoma||Mid April|
|Idaho||Early-Mid April||Oregon||Late February/Early March|
|Illinois||Late April/Early May||Pennsylvania||Early-Mid April|
|Indiana||Late April/Early May||Rhode Island||Late April/Early May|
|Iowa||Late April/Early May||South Carolina||Mid March or Year-Round|
|Kansas||Mid-Late April||South Dakota||rare/Mid May|
|Kentucky||Early-Mid April||Tennessee||Early-Mid April|
|Louisiana||Mid March/Early April||Texas||Mid March/Early April|
|Maine||Early May||Utah||Late April/Early May|
|Maryland||Late April/Early May||Vermont||Early May|
|Massachusetts||Late April/Early May||Virginia||Mid April|
|Michigan||Mid April/Early May||Washington||Late February/Early March|
|Minnesota||Early May||West Virginia||Mid April|
|Mississippi||Mid March/Early April||Wisconsin||Late April/Early May|
|Missouri||Early-Mid April||Wyoming||Mid May|
13. Hang Baskets of tubular flowers or Bright Color Flowers
Baskets of Fuchsia, Geraniums (red or pinks) or Petunias (purples and pinks) are Hummingbird favorites. Not only do they look gorgeous hanging from your porch. The beautiful colors will draw the sweet little hummers to feed.
14. ADD THE COLOR RED, Purple, Orange and Hot pink
Hummingbirds are drawn to bright vivid colors of red, purple, orange and hot pink. Even turquoise will have them eating from your feeder. You should incorporate these colors into your flower beds and hanging baskets. Bright color yard flags could catch these little hummer attentions too. Just make sure you have lots of flowers that they love near by or a shepherd hook with a feeder.
15. Create a Custom Perch for Your Hummingbirds
You can make an easy little perch/swing for Hummingbirds with basic materials found around the house. I made mine from a yard twig and some floral wire. It gives the little hummers a place to rest.
You can use a dowel, copper wiring to make it fancier. You can drill holes into the twig or dowel to add bright color beads or crystals to help attract the Hummingbirds. If you don’t want to make one, I have some cute options listed below.
For your Hummingbirds
Feeders and homes for the little hummers
Perches/swing for the little hummers
I hope you found these 15 tips to attract hummingbirds useful. They have worked for me and my mother over the years. We both experienced years of enjoyment watching Hummingbirds in our gardens.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today. If you have any questions about attracting hummingbirds or have a tip that works for you, please share it below.
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Have a blessed day,