5 Tips For Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden

5 Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds To Your Garden

Hummingbird feeding from Agastache rupestris by customer Robert L. of California.

Less work, more nectar!

Plant nectar-rich flowers and let nature feed the hummingbirds

Hummingbirds prefer natural nectar. Pam Piombino, president of the Boulder County, CO Audubon club and habitat gardener notes that the many hummingbirds who visit her garden prefer the natural nectar they find in flowers to the sugar solution she also provides in feeders. She keeps feeders available for those times when migration is underway. Then, she finds, the hummingbirds will use the sugar feeders to store up energy for their travel.

Penstemon clutei (Sunset Crater Penstemon) by customer Pam K.

Penstemon clutei (Sunset Crater Penstemon) by customer Pam K.

Make sure your habitat garden is full of a season’s worth of hummingbird favorite plants. They will keep your garden humming with jewel-like color. Here are 5 Tips to attract and support hummingbirds in your garden:

  1. Hummingbirds notice the color red, but will feed on flowers of any color that have a good nectar supply. They particularly enjoy Hummingbird Mint (Agastache), Aquilegia (Columbine) and Penstemon (Beardtongue).

  2. Hummingbirds prefer natural flower nectar over sugar water mixtures.

  3. Plantings that provide a variety of heights give hummingbirds shelter and places to perch.

  4. Native plants offer nectar and support small insects, an important food for hummingbirds and their young.

  5. If you use feeders, be sure to clean them well every 3 days or so and use a 4:1 solution of water to sugar (no red dye!).

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  • Amistad Friendship Sage Salvia Amistad


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  • Ava's Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache Ava

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  • Red Rocks Hybrid Beardtongue Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks

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Rufous Hummingbird Echinacea  by Customer Pam K.

Rufous Hummingbird on Echinacea by Customer Pam K.

High Country Gardens is proud to have been one of the original sponsors of The Hummingbird Society. To learn more about how to keep hummingbirds buzzing in your garden all season long, visit The Hummingbird Society.

2 thoughts on “5 Tips For Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden”


    I had a Red Tee Shirt while being near my Humming Bird Feeder. The Birds flew after me. I also have a Fig tree near the area also. I have a hard time in the area when wearing bright colors. I feel they are trying to attack me. A BIG BRIGHT FLOWER. AM I CORRECT. JB LOWERY

    • Gabi

      Hi Jb! You are absolutely correct - Hummingbirds are very attracted to bright colors, especially shades of reds, oranges, and yellows. This is why many hummingbird feeders and hummingbird-attracting plants tend to be shades of red or other bright warm colors.

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