Summer is here and that means it’s time for backyard BBQs, garden parties, splashing around in the pool, and no school for the kids! While you may remember to make your home and backyard look nice for friends and family, it’s especially important to ensure that other visitors, such as hummingbirds, feel welcomed too!

Without feather ado, here’s a sneak beak to what you need to know while creating a garden oasis for hummingbirds…

A little bird told me that the key to attracting hummingbirds to your yard is easy; just provide some shade, a water feature, and plants that offer nectar! Such plants are Bottlebrush, Cuphea, Salvia, Firespike, Firebush, Coral Honey Suckle, and Shrimp Plant. With all this talk of nectar, don’t forget that it is important to provide lots of space between your flowering plants in order to give the hummingbirds enough room to hover and navigate from flower to flower!

The amazing thing about hummingbirds is that they have striking plumage and a high-energy lifestyle. In fact, did you know that hummingbirds get their name from the sound their wings make while beating up to 200 times per second? In order to support all of their high-speed activity, hummingbirds must consume large amounts of nectar.

Vibrant colored flowers with a tubular hold serve as a sign to hummingbirds that, within the flower, they may find a yummy snack of nectar! Red and pink flowers (pink being a shade of red) have been known to receive the most frequent attention from hummingbirds.

While flowers obviously provide a great source of nectar, you can also place a hummingbird feeder on your property, in conjunction with the other natural elements; in doing this, you can ensure that the hummingbirds have a go-to supply when needed. Though, it’s important you choose a feeder that you are able and willing to clean.

Not sure what feeder you should select? Come on over to our Garden Center and we can show you the types of feeders that we sell! As you can see from the picture to the right, they are very vibrant and sure to catch a hummingbird’s interest.

Once you select a feeder, make sure you change the mixture every four to five days and put your feeders at least four feet above the ground so that they are beyond the reach of predators.

You know what they say; birds of a feather flock together! Before you know it, with the help of these tips, your garden will be the hit hangout for hummingbirds. For more summer garden tips and advice, look no feather, and contact Trad’s Garden Center!