While working in the garden recently, I noticed more hummingbirds in the flower beds. I typically see them arrive this time of year. It’s always a joy to see them bopping around the gardens. Want to attract them to yours? Follow these tips and you’ll get to enjoy these beautiful creatures too.
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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. I also have two Weigela shrub varieties that they love to frequent this time of year. I added a Mandevilla vine on the deck in a beautiful container garden that they also seem to love.
Grow similar flowers together in a large group so that hummingbirds 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. And they must be maintained so the hummingbirds have clean feeders. Since I am not an expert on these feeders, please see Attracting Hummingbirds by the North Carolina State University If you would like more information regarding pollinators, see Creating Inviting Habitats by the Virginia Cooperative Extension.
June Garden Tour
Since I started blogging and joining Instagram, I’ve met some pretty cool gardeners. We all live in different parts of the United States and Canada, so each of our gardens are totally different. I’ve learned so much from them and am joining one of my faves, Kim, who gardens in the Pacific Northwest, to bring you a virtual garden tour. There is much to be learned walking around the garden and I love touring other gardener’s borders. So follow along with her tour at the end of this post to see her garden – it is amazing!
Tour my Spring Flower Garden
Welcome to my suburban New Jersey gardens! There’s a lot happening in the garden this month and there is much to see. Since last month’s tour, the gardens have been filling in and blooming. I tucked in some annuals to add season long color and everything looks so pretty now.
As you walk up the pathway from the driveway, there is an everblooming perennial garden that greets friends, family and visitors. Right now, the catmint, salvia, aliums, dahlias, pansies, bearded irises, calibroca, zinnias, and euphorbia are all in bloom. The knock-out roses have had buds on them for a few weeks now. They look like they will bloom any day now.
While working in this garden, I’ve seen lots of hummingbirds enjoy the catmint. I have quite a few plants so they stop by often to grab some nectar.
As you walk along the front walkway garden, it leads to the woodland garden on one side of the house. This border contains cranesbill, ferns, bleeding hearts, rhododendrum, oak leaf hydrangea, joe pye weed, and siberian iris.
A few weeks ago, New Jersey was hit with a deep freeze for a few nights and some of my plants were damaged. The ferns took a hit but seem to be rebounding nicely.
The well and cutting garden is doing well. I added a cutting garden to the well garden a few months ago so I had more room to add cutting flowers for arrangements. The new plants I added are doing really well!
Blooming in this garden now are pincushion flower, lupines, dianthus, bearded irises, calibrocas, and zinnias. The peonies are waiting in the wings to start flowering. In the meantime, the foliage of smoketree and evergreens add to the visual interest in this bed.
The mailbox garden is filled with a mix of annuals and perennials. Jackmanii Clematis is climbing up and around the mailbox. It also houses daylillies, sedum autumn joy, calibrocas, euphorbia and marigolds.
As we head into the backyard, I am really loving the garden shed makeover. The neutral paint colors allow the garden to be the main focus and do not distract the eye from the blooms.
In this garden, the bearded irises, siberian iris, double flowering impatiens, zinnias, marigolds and calibrocas are all blooming. The vegetable garden sits in front of the garden shed and is currently growing spinach, celery, sweet peas, a few tomato varieties, peppers, cucumbers and zucchini as well as basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, thyme and rosemary.
In addition to the backyard borders, I also have lots of container gardens on the backyard deck. This garden contains a few hummingbird loving plants such as mandevillas, petunias and hibiscus. This is one of our favorite spots to hang and we are out here all the time.
Check out my friend Kim’s gorgeous garden in the PNW! It’s amazing to me how different our gardens are but I love her cottage style vibe. She has the most amazing views on the Puget Sound. Check it out here.
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