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Gardening for Hummingbirds

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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Attracting Hummingbirds

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.

Gardening For Hummingbirds

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.

Gardening for Hummingbirds

Design Tip

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!

Additional Feeders

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.

Gardening for Hummingbirds

Don’t Have a Garden?

No problem! Try this container garden idea to attract hummingbirds.

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.

Gardening for Hummingbirds
View of the house from the well garden.

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.

Gardening For Hummingbirds

The knock-out roses have had buds on them for a few weeks now.

They look like they will bloom any day now.

Gardening for Hummingbirds

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.

Gardening for Hummingbirds

One of which are these pretty dahlias that I picked up at the nursery recently.

I saw them and had to have them!

Gardening for Hummingbirds

As this garden fills in, I’m realizing how much the coneflowers took over this bed.

I’m going to leave them for now, but will dig and divide them in fall so I can get more variety in this garden.

Gardening for Hummingbirds

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.

Gardening for Hummingbirds

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.

Gardening for Hummingbirds

The new plants I added are doing really well!

Blooming in this garden now are pincushion flower, lupines, dianthus, bearded irises, calibrocas, and zinnias.

Gardening for Hummingbirds

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.

Gardening for Hummingbirds

The mailbox garden is filled with a mix of annuals and perennials.

Jackmanii Clematis is climbing up and around the mailbox.

Gardening for Hummingbirds

It also houses daylillies, sedum autumn joy, calibrocas, euphorbia and marigolds.

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Gardening for Hummingbirds
Gardening for Hummingbirds

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.

Gardening for Hummingbirds

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.

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The fire pit is part of the garden shed garden. We sit out here every weekend and enjoy a cozy fire.
Gardening for Hummingbirds

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.

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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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  2. Your garden is so beautiful Stacy! I love all the different areas you have and how each one has its own character! You are such an inspiration – I’m full of ideas for fixing up my yard this weekend! ????

  3. Your garden is looking so beautiful Stacy! I loved learning more about hummingbirds. We even have the same red bike!

  4. Thanks for this post. My daughter wants some butterfly and humming birds plants and bushes attract them. This will help me help her. We are near you so it makes it exta easy.