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What will attract hummingbirds to my garden?

Postby blin » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:55 am

Quoted from Chicago Botanic Garden website:
Hummingbirds are among the many migratory species of birds that pass through the Chicago area in May, as they fly north, and then again in fall, as they fly south. To encourage these birds to visit your garden in both seasons, and possibly even nest there, you should plant the flowers that give them maximum nectar they can convert to energy. Since hummingbirds also eat insects, gardeners are advised not to spray their plants with insecticides.

Once hummingbirds find their favorite plants in your garden, they will spend days there foraging for food. In early May, before many annuals are in full bloom, gardeners can establish specific hummingbird feeders. The birds will also visit trees or shrubs that flower early in the season and can often be seen perching high in trees or telephone wires. Weigela, red buckeye and rhododendron flowers will attract them, as will honeysuckle and trumpet creeper vines. Hummingbirds' long beaks are perfectly suited for tubular flowers, especially those in tones of red, orange, blue, or purple. Try beebalm, morning glory, blue and red lobelia, fragrant flowering tobacco plants, or hanging baskets of verbena, fuchsia, and lantana.
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Re: What will attract hummingbirds to my garden?

Postby blin » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:58 am

The favorite feeding plants for Hummingbirds in Illinois are:

Many hummingbirds favor red blossoms with a tubular shape (but some species prefer other colors). Hummingbirds feed readily on pink, blue, orange, peach and purple flowers.
•Anise Sage (Salvia guaranitica) - Blue flowers. One of hummingbird favorites. Also: Salvia pensetmonoides
•Hummingbird Mints -- (Agastache cana and Agastache rupestris / Agastache 'Acupulco Salmon and Pink' ) - Perennial; grows quickly; very fragrant.
•Royal catchfly (silene regia)
•Flowering Maple (Abutilon sp.) - Not cold resistant. Only survives the winter if brought indoors. A prolific bloomer with lots of nectar. A favorite feeding plant.
•Trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
•Texas Sage (Salvia coccinea), Salvia 'Maraschino' (Bush Salvia)
•Red Hot Poker (Tritoma)
•Bee Balm (Monarda)
•Penstemon barbatus
•Crocosmia 'Lucifer'
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