Attracting Hummingbirds

 By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI

            There’s something special about tiny hummingbirds flitting acrobatically around the garden like little helicopters.  To attract hummingbirds, as with all birds, design a diverse multi-tiered habitat with a variety of trees, shrubs, grasses, and vines suitable for providing shade, protection, nesting supplies, and food.  Plant lots of annuals and perennials that are brightly colored, especially red and orange varieties.  Plants with tubular shaped blossoms contain nectar that is highly sought after by hummingbirds.  Here are a few ideas for plants to add to your yard: 

Trees, shrubs, and vines: Juniper (Juniperus sp.), Willow (Salix sp.), Serviceberry (Amelanchier sp.), Butterfly Bush (Buddleia sp.), Flowering Dogwood (Cornus sp.), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus), Lilac (Syringa sp.), Trumpet Honeysuckle Vine (Lonicera sempervirens).

Annuals: Million Bells (Calibrachoa sp.), Canna (Canna sp.), Cuphea (Cuphea sp.), Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana mutabilis), Nasturtium (Tropaeolum sp.), Petunia (Petunia sp.), Salvia (Salvia sp.), and Zinnia (Zinnia sp.).

            Perennials: Hyssop (Agastache sp.), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Bee Balm (Monarda sp.), Catmint (Nepeta sp.), Penstemon (Penstemon sp.), Salvia (Salvia sp.), Veronica (Veronica sp.).

            Hummingbirds feed 3-5 times per hour; therefore, adding bright feeders with red parts placed around your garden can provide extra food, especially when there is a period when flowers are not blooming.  A sugar-water mix is the best option to put in your feeders.  Just mix 1-part sugar to 4-parts water.  

Besides providing feeders, it is ideal to add water features such as bird baths and sprinklers that furnish fresh water and bathing sources for hummingbirds.   Placing beacons around the yard can lure hummingbirds to the area, as well.  Adding items such as red ribbons or artificial flowers in the early spring can help attract hummingbirds. 

            Stop in today to stock up on plants that attract hummingbirds to your garden!  Bloch’s Farm has many tree, shrub, and plant varieties available!  We also have fountains and bird baths to complete your perfect hummingbird habitat!  Call 920-294-6000 or e-mail jlamontagne@blochsfarm.com with any questions. You can also check out our website online at www.blochsfarm.com and our Facebook page.  Don’t miss out on this weekend’s sale! July 3rd- 5th 50% off annuals and tropicals!

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