BACKYARD BIRDS: “EASY TO LURE HUMMINGBIRDS”
By Jo Ann Lencioni, Dry Goods Department
Would you like to lure hummingbirds to your yard? It's a goal that's a lot easier to achieve than you would think. Many easy-to-grow plants provide nectar for these tiny, colorful birds. Hummingbirds' favorite flowers are red and tubular, so be sure to grow something with these traits. When they find a garden that is suitable they will sip nectar from many other flowers as well. Here is a partial list as there are so many choices.
If you need a climber, consider goldflame honeysuckle or the fragrant woodbine. If you are planting shrubs, you could choose flowering maple (abutilon), cestrum, abelia, correa, red flowered grevillea, rosemary, dwarf citrus or any of the mite resistant fuchsia species or hybrids. California Fuchsia, a later summer bloomer with bright orange or red flowers, is a particular favorite. Hummingbirds consume more than their own weight in nectar each day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily.
Hummingbirds will also take sugar water from birdfeeders. Such feeders allow people to observe and enjoy hummingbirds up close while providing the birds with a reliable source of energy, especially when flower blossoms are less abundant. Here at Orchard, we have many feeders to choose from such as our “Ready to Use Feeders” (which come filled with hummingbird food) or beautiful glass feeders. One of my favorites is our Opus antique green feeder.
Drop in soon and get started with your Hummingbird Garden!