Monday, April 30, 2012

3 Plants to Attract Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are said to be from another world.  They're a symbol of time's illusion and of the afterlife.   Besides all that, they are just so cute and fascinating to watch.  Hummingbird feeders are a high maintenance item that can sometimes hurt or kill the little birds, so they're not recommended by experts.  But, what if you could plant things around your house to attract them?  You can! Obviously, you never want to use any sort of pesticides which can harm both the little birds and the plants--and people. * Make sure children know not to put anything in their mouth that mama hasn't given them as some plants that are okay for animals are not okay for people and even edible plants can have poisonous parts. *

Hummingbirds love red hues and conical, tubular shaped flowers.   They don't really have much of a sense of smell, but look for bright colors and nectar yield.  Here are three plants that attract hummingbirds, but do ask your local nursery for the plants that work best for your area.

Bleeding Heart:  This is a gorgeous shade plant, it likes morning sun only.  It's pest resistant and easy to grow.  These are such cool plants with Dr. Seuss like flowers, they look great in hanging pots.

Foxglove:  These are cone shaped purple flowers that hummingbirds can poke their long noses into.  They grow tall, about 3 feet, and make a nice backdrop for other flowers.

Salvia:  They like sun and partial shade and will take you right into fall with their vibrant purples and blues.  They come in different varieties, all attractive to hummingbirds.

Image Credit:  hharryus