What flowers do your Hummingbirds like?

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  1. BJ

    BJ New Seed

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    What flowers do your Hummingbirds Like?

    13 flowers commonly used for attracting hummingbirds

    1. Bee Balm
    2. Red Columbine
    3. Delphinum
    4. Hollyhock
    5. Butterfly bush
    6. Catawba Rhodendron
    7. Rose of Sharon
    8. Trumpet vine
    9. Trumpet Honeysuckle
    10.Cardinal vine
    11.Fuchsia Swing Hangars
    12.Silk Tree (Mimosa)
    13.Mexican Sage bush

    What's in your Hummingbird garden?
    BJ
     



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  2. gardengater

    gardengater Young Pine

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    They like the red and Silverado Sage, petunias, Nicotiana, and Butterfly Bush. Hungry little buggers.
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  3. BJ

    BJ New Seed

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    Have you tried a Fuchsia Hanging Basket for Hummingbirds?

    Have you tried a Fuchsia hanging basket to attract Hummingbirds?

    Use a moss hanging basket and you may like trying these flowers.

    Ivy Geranium, Fuchsia, Trailing Lobelia, Pink Sand Verbena, and Lotus.

    This is a super nice idea for my sun/shade front porch. It will like daily watering...and more if needed. Liquid fertilizer once a week,and pinching off faded or dying blossoms regularly.

    This year we have wave petunias, but will have the Fuchsia hanging baskets next year.

    BJ
     
  4. glendann

    glendann Official Garden Angel

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    Here they love
    Passion Vine flowers
    Mexican Petunia
    Rose of Sharon
    Hibiscus
    Carolina Jasmine
    Cannas
    Clomes
    Zennias
    Datura
    Burgmansia
     
  5. gardenmama

    gardenmama In Flower

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    My bee balm and trumpet honeysuckle are always being buzzed by our hummingbirds.
     
  6. catspower

    catspower Seedling

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    We have almost 100 hummers and alot of them are going nuts over the Cleome. I make a gallon and a half of sugar water for them a day.
     
  7. BJ

    BJ New Seed

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    You all are so lucky!!! We have only seen 2 different Hummingbirds here. Wish you could ship me some of yours. LOL.
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  8. BJ

    BJ New Seed

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    Why feed a Hummingbird?!?

    Why feed a hummingbird?!?

    These tiny birds have to feed every 15 minutes or risk starvation. They consume up to 2X their body weight in nectar daily or up to 50% in sugar from flowers and from our feeders. They also need protein from eating insects. So, why not put out a mesh bag (like onions come in from the store) with some fruit in it to attract insects for them?

    I just came in from cutting seeds (I hope) off of wild blue Bachelor Buttons on my front porch. While working there on a round glass table, my husband said, "Look...there, what's flying around you." I looked up and there was a beautiful Hummingbird, dark with dark grey belly, hoovering over the table, so close, I could have touched him. He went back twice to get a drink from our feeder, and then, hoovered over the middle of the table again. I have an artificial red geranium in basket sitting there but he seemed to be more interested in the flowers I was cutting seeds from.
    I'm wondering if he could pick up the scent of the geen stems I was cutting on. However, I have heard they cannot smell. This was a first for me! Lovely surprise!!!

    Do you think Hummingbirds can smell the flowers?
    BJ
     
  9. Netty

    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Geraniums, Bee Balm, Salvia, Fushia, Canna's, Penstemon, Agastache, but they really go crazy in the spring when the Lilac's bloom. That is usually when I first see them.
     
  10. Sherry8

    Sherry8 I Love Birds!

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    One that wasn't listed is the cigar plant..I can't find the real name right now but they use it a lot here.

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    This one looks a lot like the candy corn but that one has yellow on it..Sherry
     
  11. bunkie

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    and nasturtiums!
     
  12. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Hummingbirds around here, if there are any, apparently like someone else's yard. I have seen only one in my yard in the 21 years we have lived here.

    Sherry, your cigar plant is Cuphea ignea
     
  13. jakrum421

    jakrum421 Seedling

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    My hummies like the bee balm best, but they also like hosta flowers, weigela, dragonflowers, and fuschia.
     
  14. bethie

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    I grow eight different varieties of cuphea for them. They are crazy for it and they bloom abundantly. Regular common torenia is a must have and I have a lot of the hybrid hanging torenias on my patio. Of course I have lots of salvias and Buddleias too. It's easier to grow flowers than make sugar water I think. 8)
     
  15. BJ

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    WOW!!! Y'all have the very best ideas for pleasing our little hummers. Makes it hard for me to decide what to grow in my yard! It's wonderful to find so many interested people. You're a great group.
    Betty (BJ)