Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hummingbird Garden: Colorful Nectar Flowers that Attract Hummingbirds

In metro-Atlanta, Crabapple LandscapEXPERTS can add flowering plants to attract hummingbirds to the properties you manage. There are plenty of nectar-producing flowers to choose from in Georgia, and many of them are showy landscape favorites.

To attract any type of birds to the garden, their basic needs must be met, and this includes the Hummers:  
  • Food – Hummingbirds are Nectivorous AND Insectivorous, feeding on both nectar-bearing flowers and protein-rich insects
  • Water -– offer water via misters, drippers, or over flat rocks or in shallow basins (deep birdbaths are not useful) 
  • Nesting Sites and Shelter—woody ornamentals and trees provide twigs for them to knit their tiny nests, along with sheltered areas for protection during storms. (Leave cobwebs for use as building materials)

Desert Botanic Garden
While the color ‘red’ is famous for attracting hummers, flowers of all colors that are rich in nectar are great for a Hummingbird Garden.  These tiny birds don’t have much of a sense of smell, but are attracted by bright colors. Nectar plants include many different plant habits, from annuals and perennials, vines, shrubs, trees, to bedding plants and hanging plants.

When designing your Hummingbird Garden, Crabapple will include a variety of sizes, forms and life-cycles in order to increase your landscape design options. Plants with showy blooms, attractive foliage, ease of cultivation and long bloom season will all add their contributions to the show. Crabapple can choose among these different categories when selecting flowers for attracting hummingbirds

Flower Choices for Hummingbird Gardens

on Zinnia- by Chuchay Ming
Annuals include: Coreopsis, Four O' Clock, Impatiens, Lantana, Morning Glory Vine, Nasturtium, Petunia, Salvia and Zinnia.

Perennials include: Bee Balm, Bleeding Heart, Butterfly Weed, Catmint, Columbine, Coral Bells, Day Lily, Garlic Chives, Hibiscus, Hosta, Lantana, Lavender, Lobelia, Red Hot Poker, Summer Phlox, Salvia, and Sweet William.

Shrubs include: Abelia, Abutelon (Flowering Maple) Azalea (Native), Beauty Berry, Buckeye, Butterfly Bush (Buddleia), Mahonia, Quince (Flowering), Rose of Sharon, and Weigela.

Albino Hummer on Buddleia
Trees include: Chaste Tree, Chinaberry, Crabapple, Hawthorne¸ Horsechestnut
Locust, Mimosa (although can be invasive), Peach, and Redbud

Vines include: Cross Vine, Coral Honeysuckle, Cypress Vine, Jasmine, Jessamine, Morning Glory, Scarlet Runner Bean and Trumpet Vine

Digging Deeper
Hummingbird Garden Page: GA WildlifeResources Division, DNR 

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