Creating a Hummingbird Garden
Hummingbird garden construction
Like butterfly gardens, a hummingbird garden is no exception. Creating a garden to invite these small friends can be a wonderful and a delightful experience for the homeowner. Special care should be taken though when creating this type of garden.
Planning your hummingbird garden
Thought and care should be our number one goal when seeking to plant a garden such as this.
Remember when you start to make it a whole lot of fun, you may get a little exercise along with that, but that’s okay! Nothing like keeping our hearts healthy and pumping.
So where should we start?
In planning a hummingbird garden location should be first on the list. Choose an area that is sunny but also gets some shade. While hummingbirds are active flying around in the sun looking for nectar, they will also need some shade where they can rest, build their nest, and raise their young.
Choose colorful nectar flowers for your hummingbird garden. These flowers will provide sustenance for them. Here are just a few plants from the nectar family.
Honeysuckle is a beautiful bright red long flower is a juicy nectar plant of the hummingbird.
Chinese bellflowers or Chinese lantem
Chinese bellflowers have a nice orange color that will brighten up your garden and make your little garden friends very happy.
Desert willows are beautiful flowering plants with its multicolored flowers. These plants can add that wow to your garden area not to mention providing a good meal for your hummingbirds.
Water willow with its spidery shaped light purple flowers will add to your garden’s overall appearance. And will have your hummingbird smiling from ear to ear.
Fuchsia is a very beautiful and neat plant with its upside down flowers. This flower, in my opinion, is what I call a show stopper meaning that the flowers are very showy. This plant really stands out so be sure to include this in your garden. Your hummingbirds will love you for this.
In order for hummingbirds to build their nests, they need twigs and other nesting materials. Trees play an important part in a hummingbird garden so make sure that there are trees where they can build their nests and take care of their young.
4. Water source
Water is essential for these birds as for every other living creature. So add a water source such as a birdbath or a large fountain. They will not only have a cool drink but they will also bathe in the water that has been provided for them. Make sure to change the water every other day so mosquito egg is destroyed.
Besides providing nectar plants for your garden you will also need to add some bird feeders. This additional food supply will aid these birds when the bloom of the nectar plants that you provide for them go out of season. So the hummingbird will still have a food supply until the bloom season starts again for those plants.
It is wise then to plant nectar plants that bloom at different seasons and incorporate them into your garden so that the birds will have a continual food supply. So check with your nursery to find out the options that you have.
Use of pesticides
Pesticides are not needed in a hummingbird garden. These little fellows love to dine on insects. The greater the food supply the happier your hummingbirds will be.
Hummingbirds can add lots of fun and life to your garden, so follow these guidelines and I can ensure you that you will enjoy many visits from these friendly fellows.