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by Carole Schwalm A hummingbird flying in mid air.


Dedicate a portion of your landscaping to hummingbirds. There are seed mixes that include their favorite nectar-producing flowers that will keep them visiting through the season.

Last I grew the Cypress Vine or Funny Valentine Blend from seed. The picture (left) was taken early in the season, and it continued flowering, vining and attracting hummingbirds well into the fall. Picture of a Cyprus Vine growing on the edge of a stucco patio fence.

Hummingbirds also like: columbines. The plants grow rather tall, so should be thought of as medium growers rather than for the lower tier of your garden. Honeysuckle and hollyhocks are also hummingbird favorites, and also tall. The little birds like bougainvillea, a tall plant that vines. Fuchsia is a favorite as are gladiolas and begonias.

Picture of a cardinal sitting on a patio fence. BIRDS

Other birds love sunflowers. Again you have taller plants. They enjoy asters, cockscombs, cosmos, larkspurs, snapdragons and zinnias. With many of your flowers, instead of deadheading as the season begins to come to an end, let the flowers dry on the stem. They are then available to the birds. Cardinals and finches will be very happy, and colorful, visitors when the weather starts getting cold.

You’ll also find that native wildflowers are not only easier to grow, but are bird favorites. They resonate with plants like coneflowers, beebalm and blackeyed susans.

Provide a water supply for all bird guests. This way they can comfortably make themselves at home rather than leave in search of a water supply.

Share your bird hobby experience or if you'd like more information.