How to attract hummingbirds to your yard
Hummingbirds are attracted to red, orange, or yellow tubular flowers. Plant flowers that produce nectar, grow well in your area, and are in bloom when hummingbirds are passing through your region.
There are several families of plants that attract hummingbirds. Some examples include bee balm and giant hyssop from the mint family (Family: Lamiaceae), trumpet creeper and yellow bells from the bignonia family (Family: Bignoniaceae), hollyhock, flowering maple, and rose of sharon from the mallow family (Family: Malvaceae), fuchsias from the evening primrose family (Family: Onagraceae), and desert honeysuckle from the acanthus family (Family: Acanthaceae).
Hang hummingbird feeders near the flowers and prepare a clear sugar water solution of one part table sugar to four parts water. Do not use honey, artificial sweeteners, or red food coloring.
Clean feeders regularly (every three days during hot weather) with hot water and a bottle brush. Do not use soap.
Keep feeders up and clean in the fall for two weeks after you see the last hummingbird.
Hummingbirds are territorial, so try putting up several feeders that are out of sight from each other.
- Extension Service Garden Hints: Attract hummingbirds to your garden (Peg Herring, Oregon State University Extension Service)
- Hummingbirds in North America (Birds-N-Garden.com)
- Attracting Hummingbirds (Lanny Chambers, hummingbirds.net)