Encourage more of these bundles of energy to visit your garden by following these three rules!
- Plant what they like. If you are looking for new plants for the garden, you might as well use those that are easy to grow, look great and attract hummingbirds. Salvia ‘Black & Bloom’, our featured plant this week, is a great plant to start with. Add Monarda, Cuphea, Mexican Bush Sage, Penstemon digitalis and Agastache and you will be off to a great start.
- Protect them. It may not seem like it, but they do rest and nest. Provide plenty of safe perches, away from the reach of marauding cats, for the birds to rest and stake out their territory. Watch your hummers and you will see that they are attracted to small limbs and bare branches. So don’t prune too carefully; leave a few bare twigs and branches here and there for the hummers.
- Encourage spiders. Hummingbirds love to use spider webs when building their nests. The next time you see a newly spun web, leave it be. It may be just the building block your hummingbirds are looking for.
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