Hummingbird with crest feeding to a calliandra flower ; gorgeous shot of two endemic species from Martinique island, in Caribbean sea, symbols of a preserved nature.

The essentials of a Hummingbird Sanctuary Garden begin with rich, organic soil and vibrant blooms they love. Plants created to give them nesting sites and materials, together with a fun water feature will bring these miniature flying jewels to your hummingbird haven.

Plant a patch of your lawn with Red Flowers

It is possible to intermix different colours with the red blossoming plants to include interest and eye candy. Passing hummers will be drawn to the bright red color, and come to research your lawn. Don’t forget to add a few red garden accents or decorations also. These function as extra signposts for hummingbirds who, the same as real life detectives, love to explore! They have a poor sense of smell, so fragrant blooms do not do anything for them. They use their eyes to locate important food sources.

    • Fill your garden with soil that drains well and is full of organic material for vigorous plants.
    • Choose both annuals and perennials to guarantee continuous bloom all season long.
    • Be sure to dead head blossoms that have passed their prime. This will keep the energy flowing within your flowers in order that they will produce more blossoms more.
    • No toxic pesticides or herbicides! Hummingbirds use spider silk to line their nests, and they pluck tiny insects from webs also. Use the best natural garden materials available, and allow the birds look after the insects. You and your environment is going to be a whole lot healthier for it!

Hummingbird-attracting Shrubs and Flowers

    • Korean Spice Bush
    • Trumpet Vines
    • Cardinal Flower
    • Butterfly Bush
    • Old-Fashioned Lilacs
    • Foxglove
    • Agastache (hummingbird mint)
    • Delphiniums
    • Larkspur
    • Azaleas
    • Flowering Quince
    • Indian Pink
    • Bleeding Hearts
    • Mexican Sunflower
    • Bee Balm
    • Lemon Balm
    • Day Lilies
    • Coral Bells
    • Honeysuckle
    • Impatiens
    • Columbine

Plant some of these beauties in your gardens, and do not be surprised when the hummingbirds find your lawn. They’ll return year after year as long as food is plentiful. Incidentally, hummingbirds select their nesting spots depending on the availability of food. If you supply food plants or feeders, their offspring will also return to your lawn and gardens annually.

Hummingbird Nesting Material Plants

Use trees and shrubs of varying heights and varied leaf textures. Small trees and shrubs may shelter perfectly camouflaged hummingbird nests in the forks of the branches. Hummingbirds use lichens and mosses to’glue’ their miniature quarter-sized nest into the tree. This way the nest virtually disappears and becomes a part of the branch where it rests.

Witch hazel, poplar, birch, mulberry, willows, cottonwood and alders are examples of the catkin bearing trees hummers prefer to use for downy nest-lining material.

Foliage that’s soft and fuzzy will attract hummingbirds also. Consider planting milkweed, or ornamental grasses that produce soft plumes. They also adore Lamb’s Ear with its fuzzy leaves, blanket flowers and honeysuckles, which are prized by hummingbirds for the slick balls of fuzz which are a natural part of the seed heads.

Nectar Feeders who have red feeder ports will call to some hummers in the region.

    • Keep them full of sugar.
    • Be sure to discard nectar that’s spoiled. Hummers recall their food resources and return every year. But they also remember the bad ones and prevent them.
    • Install inexpensive ant moats to keep ants away from the nectar.
    • Add Water!

Misters and Drippers

Hummingbirds like to fly through fine sprays of water. Traditional bird baths are much too deep for these small stones, so a mister is a far better way for them to wash out the sticky stuff off their feathers.

Water drippers set into a slow drip will also beckon hummers. Both these devices are available at the regional bird supply store, or even online. It’s another fantastic way to phone them to your lawn, especially if they’re located close to red flower-covered plants or shrubs!