Attracting Hummingbirds

Ever since Sug had a deck added to the Cottage I thought it would be a wonderful vantage from which to watch hummingbirds.

A variety of red plants.

First we have to attract them.  I have seen hummingbirds in the yard in past years but I was not focused on keeping them there.

This canna will grow to about 4 feet tall with bright red flowers.

I have read that hummingbirds are attracted to the color red so we bought a variety of both red-leafed and red-flowered plants to attract them.

Red salvia splendens can thrive in part or full shade.

Hummingbirds especially enjoy flowers with a trumpet-like shape where they can insert their long beaks.

I’m hoping these bronze-leaf celosia will also have attractive red flowers.
This might be another variety of celosia.

We’ll plant them at the corners of the new deck.

Coleus is grown for the color of its leaves, not its spiky flowers.

I have no red in the yard so the Cottage will have the corner on hummingbirds.

Do you have hummingbird experience?

Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “Attracting Hummingbirds”

  1. Up here in the Northwest, we have Anna’s and rufus hummingbirds year-round. We have a feeder hanging from an eave where the cats can’t get to them. They buzz and divebomb us all the time. I deliberately try not to attract any birds at ground level because of the cats. Good luck with your hummer project!

  2. I have a perennial lantana that the hummingbirds and butterflies love. Also a red salvia, don’t remember the variety name, that gets about 3 feet tall that is a favorite for the hummers. I have enough flowers that I don’t use feeders. This year I have a ruby throated hummer showing up for the first time. When the sun flashes on that ruby throat it’s thrilling.

    1. I watched a PBS show on hummingbirds last night and am totally besotted. Hope the red salvia works for us, too. Jo

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