|perfect viewing spots. But hummingbirds are elusive creatures, and no matter how much we prepare, they may not appear. There is a simple solution - in addition to feeders, hang baskets full of nectar-rich flowers.
When turning a hanging basket into an irresistible hummingbird lure, keep three qualities in mind: shape, color, and variety.
Shape - Hummingbirds generally feed in mid-air, so plants with tube-shaped or dangling blossoms are easiest for them to reach.
Color - Red is a hummingbird's favorite color. Hummingbirds are attracted to flowers by color, not scent. They zoom to bright reds and oranges, especially those displayed against the dark background of a house or lawn. However, hummingbirds will feed from any color flower, as long as it produces nectar. Try the HummZinger Excel that is vibrant red.
Variety - To extend the feeding season, plant baskets with different kinds of flowers. Blooming times should overlap so the hummingbirds have a continuous supply of food. Hang feeders nearby as a supplemental food source.
|Favorite Flowers for Hummingbirds & Hanging Baskets:
fuchsia, impatiens, geranium, nasturtium, petunia
Hummingbirds will remember the location of a feeder, even after being away over the winter! Be sure to hang your baskets and feeders in the same place every year.