How to create a hummingbird-friendly yard
By Ryan Harvey, Reno Green Landscaping
Tips for attracting hummingbirds to your garden:
- A garden with open space is ideal for hummingbirds as it allows them to move freely and quickly from one nectar source to another.
- Border plantings with curves allow the birds to access the flowers from many different angles. Pay attention to heights when planting by putting shorter flowers in the front and taller ones behind giving the birds easy access.
- Hummingbirds spend most of their day at rest, be sure to provide plenty of places for them to perch. The male birds will perch almost anywhere while the females and immature birds prefer to perch in hidden locations.
- Plant a variety of flowers and shrubs that provide a food source for them such as honeysuckle, weigela, flowering quince, delphinium, butterfly bush, salvia, yarrow, columbine and bee balm.