“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Plant a variety of native perennials and blooming shrubs to create a continual feast for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds seem to prefer bright red or orange colored flowers, but also are attracted to blue, purple and white colored flowers. The hummingbird’s long bill is best suited for sipping nectar from tubular or funnel shaped blossoms. Many of these plants also attract butterflies.
There are a number of hummer-attracting native plants from which to choose. Select plants with your site’s requirements of light and moisture in mind as well as available space if you are adding plants to an existing bed. If you want to create a special hummingbird garden, consider a variation on Grow Native!s Hummingbird Haven. Be sure your new hummingbird habitat is easily viewed from a deck or window.