Humdinger Perennials for Hummingbirds
Did you know that Hummingbirds need protein too? Check out this feeder that we have at our locations! All you have to do is place some bananas in there to attract fruit flies and the hummingbird will do the rest.
With so many varieties of Fuchsias you have a lot to choose from! You can not go wrong when choosing this plant to attract hummingbirds. They love their long tubular flowers because it makes it easy for them to get nectar that way. The cool thing about hummingbirds is that they can fly basically any direction so the upside down flowers of fuchsias do not faze them.
Take care of your fuchsias by putting them in partial sun and partial shade. You might be thinking: What does that mean? Morning sun or indirect sun is best for fuchsias. The hot afternoon sun tends to burn the plants but they still need light to bloom because they cannot bloom in total shade. They also like their soil to be on the wetter side but not so wet that their roots drown. Between waterings make sure that the top layer of the soil is dry and during the summer months watering at least once a day is preferred.
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Crocosmia is one of those plants that has a long bloom time. This is great throughout the summer because you get color in your yard for an extended period of time. Hummingbirds love this because they have a flower in your garden that they can rely on! They also love the bright reds, oranges and yellow of this plant. Did you know that hummingbirds are attracted to red? Flowers with the color red are usually plants with high-octane which is good for hummingbirds because of their high metabolism.
Take care of your Crocosmia by planting it in well-draining soil. They are bulbs so every 5 to 7 years they may need to be separated and replanted. The nice thing about Crocosmia is that they are self cleaning, once a bloom is done it will just fall off. There is no deadheading needed!
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Kniphofia Red Hot Pokers
Kniphofia are show stoppers! With their brightly colored spikes hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators love them. They look great in the back of a perennial bed because of their tall spikes that can get 5 feet tall!
Take care of your Red Hot Pokers by making sure they are well watered. When flowers are done blooming, cut the foliage back in the fall to encourage the plants to bloom again.
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Penstemon is a plant that comes in many different beautiful colors. The blooms are very cool and have the long tubular flowers that hummingbirds love. Great plants for containers, flower beds or really anywhere you want hummingbirds to be!
Take care of your Penstemon by planting them in well draining soil and water regularly. Especially during the heat of the summer. If the plant is well-established and planted in medium to heavy soils you should water them less frequently.
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Phlox is considered one of the plants that is easier to care for. There are many types of phlox, there is a ground cover, tall varieties and shorter varieties. Any sunny space you have a space to fill phlox is a good choice!
Take care of your phlox by placing it in a sunny area with well-draining soil. When watering your plant make sure to keep it moist especially in the summer months. They like to have room because they are prone to powdery mildew. By placing them in a well-circulated area you don’t have to worry about that!
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Salvia is a great plant and one of my favorites! There are many different colors and types of blooms on salvias. Most varieties also have great bloom times so they tend to bloom for longer throughout the summer. Unlike most perennials where they have one and done blooms. A cool thing about Hot Lips Salvia is that the blooms will actually change color as the summer months heat up. They start out blooming all red and as you get further into summer if you trim them back after each bloom time, the blooms will get lighter and lighter until they are eventually almost white!
Take care of your saliva by pruning them back after each time they bloom. This encourages them to rebloom! Most salvias tend to be drought tolerant so they do not need as much water. This is helpful in the summer months if you are trying to save water. Although, they do look better if you water them regularly.
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If you are looking for a Humdinger garden, planting these perennials is a great place to start! Pollinators are necessary for our gardens and food to survive. It is always nice to help them out by planting things we know they will love because they help us out so much! A bonus is that hummingbirds, bees and butterflies are fun to watch!