Hummingbird garden

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  1. countrygrrrl

    countrygrrrl PITA

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    I have hummingbirds :D even though I won't keep up feeders (they always manage to drip for me and I already spend too much time fighting the bugs! :mad: ).

    I know the hummingbirds like my nasturtiums, carnations, morning glories and those strange yet beautiful bamboo-looking plants with purple flowers I got on sale a few months ago. I see them feasting on them almost every day. :D

    In any case, I've decided I want to put in even more plants they really like --- get some going all over the place for next year.

    Any suggestions?

    :)
     
  2. Cyngbaeld

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    Trumpet vine (red), scarlet runner beans, fuschia, cleome, jewel weed, monarda (bee balm).
     

  3. Stand_Watie

    Stand_Watie Well-Known Member

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    They like the yellow flowers on Loofah gourd vines.
     
  4. Hank - Narita

    Hank - Narita Well-Known Member

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    They also like roses. We got ours bare root at Home Depot in January. Cheap and beautiful landscaping. They don't require much care or watering even in the zone 8 desert of AZ.
     
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    Roses! :D

    Yet more reason for me to get more roses (on sale, end of season) for my hoped-for rose garden(s).

    Trumpet vines, I can't do --- they grow much too lavishly here --- there are so many critters and bugs, I like to keep things fairly well clear.

    I have loofah going ... love the idea of scarlet runner beans, fuschia, cleome, jewel weed and bee balm.

    This is exciting --- it's the first time I've ever had hummingbirds without feeders. I suspect my bumblebees will enjoy the hummingbird garden, too. :D
     
  6. JanO

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    Here is a list of plants that I keep on hand for my hummers.... hope this helps.

    Trees and Shrubs
    Azalea
    Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
    Cape Honeysuckle
    Flame Acanthus
    Flowering Quince
    Lantana
    Manzanita
    Mimosa
    Red Buckeye
    Tree Tobacco
    Turk's Cap
    Weigela

    Vines
    Coral Honeysuckle
    Cypress Vine
    Morning Glory
    Scarlet Runner Bean
    Trumpet Creeper


    Perennials
    Bee Balm (Monarda)
    Canna
    Cardinal Flower
    Columbine
    Coral Bells
    Four O'Clocks
    Foxglove
    Hosta
    Hummingbird Mint (Agastache)
    Little Cigar
    Lupine
    Penstemon
    Yucca

    Annuals
    Beard Tongue (and other penstemons)
    Firespike
    Fuchsia
    Impatiens
    Jacobiana
    Jewelweed
    Petunia
    Various Salvia species
    Shrimp Plant

    NOTE: Japanese Honeysuckle attracts hummingbirds, too, but it's an invasive and troublesome exotic species that's no longer recommended.
     
  7. suburbanite

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    This is good. I currently go through 10 lbs of sugar a month feeding the little buggers; I'd rather grow things for them as I think that is both more reliable and more healthful for them. Easier to water a plant twice or thrice a week than refill feeders twice a day (which is what it has come to around here!).

    Here in California, we have resident and migrating hummers, so there's no break over the winter like you have out east. Year-round hummingbird action!
     
  8. rwinsouthla

    rwinsouthla Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Nothing else to add. JanO covered it. But you don't need all. Just 1-4 of those.
     
  9. woodspirit

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    Pineapple Sage
    Anything red or yellow to attract but they'll go for blue and white flowers as well.
     
  10. unregistered6474

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    My hummers love Cannas, especially the red ones. Pineapple sage is very popular as well.
     
  11. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    my red flowering quince and red weigela seems to be a big hit. :)

    do you have jewel weed? i should have seeds soon.
     
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    Weigela and beautybush are excellent.
     
  13. swamp man

    swamp man Well-Known Member

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    Don't know your location,but...
    Lantana.Lots of pretty varieties in assorted colors/sizes.
    Butterfly bush.Hummingbirds and butterflies go bananas for them.
    Your "bamboo looking plant with purple flowers"might be mexican petunia.Awesome plants,they are.
     
  14. frankva

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    Piggybacking on an old thread.

    I would like to find Grand Marshall Monarda seed. Not having any luck.

    Is this a variety best propagated by cutting? If so I will go to plan B.
     
  15. frankva

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    Any bee balm fans out there?

    I'd also like to figure a way to fill the honey bee food gap just after the crocus are done.
     
  16. Txsteader

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    We discovered that hummers looooooove the blooms of bottlebrush tree/shrub. Imagine a 15' tall shrub covered in red blooms, working alive w/ hummers. Now, imagine a 30' long hedgerow of them. :D

    In my yard, hummers also favor red salvias (probably any salvia, but I only have the red).
     
  17. Tirzah

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    I was just thinking about this yesterday afternoon. I too have problems with wasps, earwigs and ants on the feeders which keeps the hummingbirds away.

    Thanks for posting this question Countrygrrrl and thank you everyone for your input :)
     
  18. Danaus29

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    Missouri Primrose and sunflowers, not the hybrid sunflowers but the kind that come up volunteer from bird seed. Onions are another favorite here, the hummers went nuts over the flowers on my white Lisbon bunching onions.