Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated October 1, 2014)

Attracting hummingbirds to your garden can be a boon in a couple of different ways. The first way is that these birds are a beautiful addition to any garden, bringing vibrant color and life to your landscape. The second way is that hummingbirds can often act as a natural propagator for your plants. In order to begin attracting those pretty little birds, you need to follow a few simple guidelines. After you have followed these guidelines, and all your elements are in place, you can simply sit back and enjoy the beauty that will be added to your garden.

  • Design appropriately. If you really want to have hummingbirds in your garden, then you need to view the whole garden as one big habitat. This means that everything in your garden and landscape needs to be designed towards enticing hummingbirds to come and visit you. Incorporate areas that are sunny as well as shady, and provide a constant source of clean water. Ideally, your garden will look and feel as natural as possible when you are done.
  • Choose the right plants. There are all kinds of plants that can attract a hummingbird to your garden. The best plants are the ones that are colorful and filled with nectar. Fragrance means very little to hummingbirds, so don't pay attention to that. Rather, use plants such as Red Columbine, Hollyhock, Honeysuckle, and Fuchsia. If you are looking for a tree, then you may want to consider using something like the Mimosa Silk tree. Be careful though when using this one, since it can be pretty invasive.
  • Use feeders. If you will be using a feeder, then you want to make sure that it is bright red, so that the birds can see it from a long way off. The only thing that you should put into your feeder is sugar-water, never anything like honey. If you use honey, you may end up killing your little guests, since honey can potentially develop a fungus when left out which will prove fatal to the birds. When you mix your sugar water, use a ratio of 4 to 1. This means four parts of water, to one part sugar.
  • Reduce predator problems. Hummingbirds can often provide a tasty treat for local predators, such as cats. This being said, you should limit any possible predator problem as much as you can. Do not hang a bird feeder anywhere near where a cat can hide, or near anything that a bird can pounce off of.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Growing a Flowering Fence

Are you tired of using the same old style of fencing for your yard? If so, why not use something called a flowering fence? ...

Discover More

Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma is a particularly distressing, and debilitating, respiratory ailment that can put a serious crimp in your lifestyle. ...

Discover More

When to Mulch

Mulch is a great natural tool for protecting your garden, shrubs, and trees as well as a method encouraging these plants to ...

Discover More
MORE GARDENING TIPS

Choosing No-Fail Plants

Regardless of skill level, having a successful garden is the dream of any gardener. One of the best ways to ensure that you ...

Discover More

Setting Up Gardening Zones

One of the best things you can do for your lawn is to plan what you plant. Make a map of your lawn and the different growing ...

Discover More

Designing Organic Gardens

Have you noticed how organic gardens seem to be all the rage lately? Even the President of the United States is trying to be ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments for this tip:

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is two less than 3?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Videos

Subscribe to the Tips.Net channel:

Visit the Tips.Net channel on YouTube

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

Links and Sharing
  • Ask a Question
  • Make a Comment
  • Free Printable Forms
  • Free Calendars
  • Share