Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard This Spring and Summer

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

One of the great pleasures of spring and summer are hummingbirds--seeing these aerodynamic marvels at a plant or feeder never ceases to amaze. 

Did you know that hummingbirds migrate in response to hormonal changes, which are triggered by decreasing length of daylight; nothing you can do will make them stay too long, so it's not necessary to stop feeding them to force them to go south. On the contrary; they will need to fatten up to nearly double normal body weight to survive the journey, and they appreciate your feeder more than ever up until literally the last minute before they depart.

If you love hummingbirds, there are plants they prefer to visit, and grow well in Southern Maryalnd. These plants should be planted in groups of 3 or more to provide plenty of lasting blooms. Also make sure you have a variety of different bloom times to always have that natural nectar available. Don't forget to add a source of water for these birds to stop for a drink.

Hummingbird feeders are great to have too. Place them near windows so you can get a good look at the hummingbirds attracted by your great selection of nectar plants.

Many different feeders can be used to attract hummingbirds into your garden, but there is nothing more natural than to see a hummingbird getting true plant nectar. Click through for a list of some plants that will provide nectar for your hummingbirds in your garden.

 

Achillea

Delphinum

Lupinus

Aconitum

Dendranthema

Lychnis

Agastache

Dianthus

Lysimachia Beau

Ajuga

Dicentra

Monarda

Alcea

Digitalis

Nepeta

Aquilegia

Echinacea

Oenothera

Armeria

Eupatorium

Origanum

Aruncus

Gaillardia

Passiflora

Asclepias

Gaura

Penstemon

Aster

Geranium

Phlox

Bigonia

Heliopsis

Phyelius

Buddleia

Hemerocallis

Physotegia

Calamintha

Heuchera

Rehmannia

Campanula

Hibiscus

Rudbeckia

Campsis

Hosta

Salvia

Canna

Iris (German)

Sambucus

Caryopteris

Kniphofia

Scabiosa

Centranthus

Lavandula

Sedum

Ceratostigma

Leucanthemum

Stokesia

Chelone

Liatris

Tiarella

Chrysanthemum

Lilium

Verbena

Coreopsis

Lobelia

Veronica

Crocosmia

Lonicera

Viola

 

 

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