Hummingbirds might be tiny, but they sure are most people’s favorite friend in the garden. They are fun to watch, pollinate flowers and vegetables, and are said to be a good luck charm. Hummingbirds need certain features in a garden to survive and thrive. Here are tips on how to create a hummingbird garden this year.
Hummingbirds need to drink nectar everyday as it is very high in sugar. They flap their wings so fast that they burn through a ton of calories quickly. Hummingbirds prefer tubular flowers that they can stick their long nose into for the coveted nectar. Their faves include Foxgloves, Delphiniums, Trumpet Vine, Honeysuckle, Butterfly Bush, Lupine, Lantana, Hollyhocks, and Penstemons. In a vegetable garden, don’t be surprised to see them around your Cucumbers or Squash flowers. Heirloom Digitalis Foxglove $4.95
Having a water feature or fountain in your yard gives hummingbirds a place to rest for a minute and drink some much needed water. After a day of eating sticky nectar, don’t be surprised to see hummingbirds taking a bath. They like water fountains that have shallow, moving water. If the water is deep or stagnant, like what is found in a bucket, they tend to stay away. Garden Red Glazed Pot Fountain $91
A Place to Rest
Once they have taken in all the nectar their tummies can hold, have had their bath, they are ready for a bit of rest. They need a place in your garden that is safe for them to take a nap during the day and sleep at night. They will make nests in both large shrubs or trees. They need a place to hide from predators, including other birds.
Hummingbirds create brooking nests and return to them throughout the year. They brood for 5-7 weeks and look for nesting materials in your garden to build their home. Don’t buy a birdhouse thinking they will like living their rent free, as they are not cavity nesters. They prefer to nestle under soft materials in a tree nest.