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Grow Herbs That Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Herbs that attract hummingbirds
You may already know that hummingbirds are attracted to the color red (orange too), especially when red blossoms have a deep, trumpet or tubular shape.

Herbs That Attract Hummingbirds

Herbs have gourmet fragrance hummingbirds love, too. If you enjoy having fast fliers around your patio, deck or garden, make them welcome with a few strong scents and colors they'll appreciate.

Hummingbirds aren't noted for their sense of smell, so the stronger the herb scent is, the better they'll like it.

You can attract them with:
  • pineapple sage
  • cat mint
  • common culinary sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • lavender
  • bee balm
  • globe thistle
  • goldenrod
  • mint
  • mallow
These common flowers will get their attention too:
  • snapdragon
  • shasta daisy
  • sweet alyssum
  • aster
  • clove pink
  • fuchsia
  • trumpet vine
  • zinnia
Hummingbirds can be fun and funny in the garden. When I lived in Northern California, they were common garden visitors. They tantalized the cats by staying only just out of reach. When the cats started to lose interest, the birds would come in a little close or bob back and forth to get their attention again. I never saw one nabbed by a feline, but they did inspire lots of exercise. I've also been out gardening in a bright tee and had them zoom in to investigate.

Although you may find hummingbirds in most U.S. states, they are seasonal and only occasional in some areas. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Office (it's free) for more information about humming birds specific to your area.

1 comment:

  1. I have hummingbirds every year here from spring to fall, sometimes even until late winter. I take my feeders down when it starts to get cool so that they don't stick around and die from the cold.

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