When I first designed the front walkway garden, I researched hummingbird and butterfly attracting plants so that I could entice them to the yard. Thankfully, there is a lot of plant overlap that attract both.
Once my hummingbird plant list was honed, I considered deer browsing and what plants I could not use. While I don’t mind adding plants that have a low deer resistance rating because I spray them, I prefer to focus more on plants that they tend to avoid. To learn more about creating a deer-resistant garden, check out my blog post, Deer-Proofing Your Garden.
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Plant a variety of flowers and shrubs in varying heights to provide shade, shelter, food, and water. Hummingbirds love bright-colored, tubular flowers because they hold more nectar and are particularly drawn to red, orange, pink and yellow hues.
Attract them to the garden with early blooming varieties so they learn where they want to stop and shop early in the growing season. In my gardens, hummingbirds, love to sample Catmint, Bee Balm, Echinacea, Cleome, Columbines, Impatiens, Petunias and Hibiscus.
Grow similar flowers together in a large group so that humminbirds can spot them more easily while flying. In my gardens, I design in odd numbered groupings, so depending on the mature size of a plant, I generally plant in 1’s, 3’s, and 5’s. Since my garden is fairly mature, I’m at the point where I tuck new plants in where I can fit them! LOL
Hummingbirds also appreciate artificial feeders to supplement flower nectar. I do not have hummingbird feeders in my garden. Not that I don’t want one, but I was very lazy about maintaining it. Since I am not an expert on these feeders, please seeAttracting Hummingbirds by the North Carolina State University
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Thank you for following along and touring the gardens with me. Happy planting – enjoy your day! xo