Hummingbirds provide a lot of theatre-type enjoyment to us, and since the beautiful Flame Acanthus in the picture  below is sitting just outside my office window, I have  a constant parade of delicate dancers swooping in and out for a drink.

Hummingbird with red flowers

Hummingbird feeders work to attract them too and can be hung right outside a favorite window for  watching – I like the ones that have perches.  Many garden centers carry them and this website has some really good ones…

http://www.backyardwildbirds.com/servlet/the-Hummingbird-Feeders/Categories  (do not add red  food coloring to the sugar water or buy  nectar that has it in it-it is  very bad for them).

The simple recipe is 1 part sugar + 3 parts boiling water-let it cool – change it  out  and clean the feeder often to keep it clean and healthy for them.

I  usually have a feeder or two but I prefer attracting them with plants.  It is- in my opinion- a much better option – just because it eliminates the nectar mixing and washing- so it is much less work  (I’m a lazy girl).

Below is a list of  plants that have great hummer appeal – these will all  still be blooming in the Fall when the hummers really hang around  here. Plant these in an area  where they can be viewed through a window or a favorite outdoor sitting spot. (Like little tiny helicopters!)

For Sunny spots – Flame Acanthus-red, Cypress Vine-red,  Salvia Greggii-red,  Cross Vine-orange, Coral Honeysuckle-coral, Glossy Abelia-white, Red Yucca-coral, Agastache-many colors, Verbena Bonariensis-purple.

For Shady Spots plant these- Red Turks Cap-red, Cross Vine-orange (sun or shade), Fall Obedient Plant-purple, Althea-blue, pink, white (sun or shade).

Don’t forget to give yourself some extra time for just sitting and enjoying all of the aspects of your garden.

 

Love & Luck, Lucy Harrell

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