by High Country Gardens

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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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.