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How to design a hummingbird garden

 
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I love watching hummingbirds as they fly around my flowers getting nectar.  I have some that perch on the fence behind the red flowers since they are especially fond of red.  I usually pick plants that I know that hummingbirds love. How to design a hummingbird garden?

Here is an article that I found that offers some great ideas

Think vertically when planning your hummingbird garden. Use trellises, trees, garden sheds, or other structures to support climbing vines; add window boxes, wooden tubs, or ceramic pots to create a terraced effect and provide growing places for a variety of plants. Select native plants for your garden.



Designing A Hummingbird Garden

How do you attract hummingbirds to your garden?


 
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Excellent question! I don't do anything to attract them, they just come. To our dry, tree-sparse, deserted spot virtually void of flowers. I'd love to set up a positive habitat for them. Unfortunately many of my flowers are out of bloom since it's been so dry. I'm wondering if they like bougainvillea? But I have 3 and haven't seen them show any special interest there yet.

I'll be interested in hearing more responses from more experienced individuals.
 
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Do hummingbirds like hollyhocks?  Someone mention hollyhocks being edible.  Gee, I never knew that.  We had them when I was a kid and I loved them though I have never grown them.

Some info I found on the internet:

From ourpermaculturelife:

Hollyhock is completely edible – leaves, roots, flowers, seeds – not just an amazing looking flower, common in many cottage gardens. .



From webmd:

Hollyhock is used for pain, stomach ulcers, wound healing, diabetes, and many other conditions




 
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These are the plants that I have that the hummingbirds love:

Blue Sage




Autumn Sage




Turk's Cap

 
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I find that hummingbirds also really love scarlet runner beans. Here is a photo I took maybe thirty minutes ago - there is a hummingbird in there!
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