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Nectar Plants- Many of the butterfly host and nectar plants are also preferred by the local hummingbirds. Be sure to plant bloomers that will be available spring through fall. Butterfly Bush, Cardinal Flower, and Columbine are nice choices to attract these beautiful hummers.

Nectar Feeders- Hummingbird feeders are popular in the garden and come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The cheap plastic red and yellow feeders seem to attract the most hummers to drink. Be sure to change the solution every few days, more often in the hot summer months.

Water Feature- Hummingbirds love to dance and dart through a sprinkler. If you are lucky, you may even have youngsters frolic in the mist of a hand held sprinkler.

Bug Station- Hummingbirds consume more insects than nectar on any given day. Adding an untreated fence section to the back of the garden bed will encourage the hummers to snatch up little bugs as they frolic through your garden.

Resting & Nesting Area- Hummingbirds will hide in tall trees until they think the coast is clear to fly and feed. Trees with numerous small leaves help camouflage them. Dense bushes encourage the females to build nests and reproduce year after year.


Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

4 parts water/1 part sugar

1. Boil water.
2. Add sugar.
3. Stir until dissolved.
4. Cool before use.

Store unused solution for up to a week in the refrigerator. 

              Favorite Hummingbird Perennials 

Early Spring - Columbine
Spring - Bell Flower, Maltese Cross
Early Summer - Dragon Flower, Penstemon
Summer - Lobelia, Cardinal Flower
Late Summer - Bee Balm, Butterfly Bush, Honeysuckle Vine, Trumpet Vine
Fall - Hosta
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