Hummingbirds are attracted to a wide variety of flowers, especially those that are tubular in shape. They are also fiercely competitive and territorial for those same flowers. Without a large variety of flowers in your garden you’re likely to see only one or two come each day to the flowers. Supplementing the flowers with a few hummingbird feeders can add to the variety and reduce competition, making your yard and garden a hummingbird cafeteria.
Red colors are the primary attraction for hummingbirds. Planting plenty of bright red flowers like scarlet petunias and hibiscus can increase the odds of multiple feeders. Hummingbirds feed for most of the year, with the exception of winter months as they migrate south. Planting plenty of flowers that bloom during various times of the year can significantly increase your chances of luring hummingbirds to the yard.
In spring and summer months, there are a wide variety of flowering plants that hummingbirds love. This is the time of year the most feed and plenty of flowers in your yard and garden are a must. Fuscia, sweet William petunias are all flowers that attract hummingbirds and bloom well during these times. Azaleas are some of their favorite shrubs and bloom bright red flowers for a few months during spring.
Later in the summer, many flowering plants begin to fruit and die out. Lantana is the perfect summer plant for attracting hummingbirds as well as nasturtium. Choose as many red varieties of these plants as possible. Honeysuckle vines trailing up the side of a porch can provide the perfect viewing and feeding area for hummingbirds.
Fall varieties include bee balm and butterfly bush. These fragrant flowers also attract butterflies as an added bonus. Mixing flower beds with cardinal flowers and four-o-clocks can bring in enough red to attract hummingbirds to feeder areas you have set up around the garden.
Artificial feeders help to feed and attract various species. You can buy hummingbird nectar at the store or you can make your own. A simple solution of sugar water can be made by boiling four cups of water to one cup of sugar. Let the mix boil over for a few minutes, and then allow it to cool before adding it to the feeder. It will keep in the fridge for a few weeks before you have to use it up.