The best gifts come in small packages. And hummingbirds are some of the sweetest small packages that you could ever receive. Not only are they beautiful to watch, they pollinate your flowers as they collect nectar and often eat small insects in your garden.
As gardeners, we have a unique connection to nature at its most basic. Growing and nurturing living plants is not only good for the planet, it’s good for our souls. Often our efforts are rewarded by the arrival of hummingbirds—beautiful flying ornaments. We can increase our chances of encountering these winged visitors by remembering the slightly altered adage, “The way to a hummingbird’s heart is through its stomach.”
Inquisitive hummers can spot the color red from great distances and are always checking out any possible food source. While red flowers, especially trumpet-shaped ones, are common favorites, there are lots of blooms of other colors and shapes that are hummingbird favorites, as well. Grow some and you’ll be much more likely to have them zipping around your garden. To help you entice these little birds, here are 10 nectar-rich hummingbird favorites that will grow in many areas of the country.