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How to attract hummingbirds to your home.

Updated on March 30, 2012


How cute are hummingbirds? Having the opportunity to see one often seems like a special treat because they are so rare. Wouldn't you like to have feeders, flowers, and plants growing in your garden that help attract these adorable little creatures? For those of us in the States, May is the beginning of the arrival of many hummingbirds on migration, so get ready!

Keeping in mind

Hummingbirds have little to no sense of smell, so it is not the smelly flowers that attract them, but the bright, and colorful ones! It is the nectar that they want, so naturally occurring wildflowers (free of hybrids) will also help attract more hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds are also relatively territorial, so if you have only one feeder, or multiple feeders close to one another, and a number of different hummingbirds, you might want to spread your feeders out so that more birds have a better chance of filling up! And you'll have more chances to see more hummingbirds!

Bleeding Hearts
Bleeding Hearts | Source

Trees and Shrubs

  • Red Buckeye
  • Azalea
  • Flame Acanthus
  • Cape Honeysuckle
  • Crabapple
  • Eucalyptus


  • Bleeding hearts
  • Coral bells
  • Fire spike
  • Bee balm
  • Butterfly bush
  • Different species of salvia

Make your own nectar

Boil sugar & water in a 1:2 part ratio until well mixed and then cool!

Nectar should not be left in your feeder any more than 5 days.

More Information has a great collection of everything one needs to know about preparing for hummingbirds.

They note that it is especially important not to use pesticides if you are trying to attract hummingbirds because these little guys also love to eat certain bugs in your garden!


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    • madmachio profile image

      Nathan K 

      9 years ago from Kansas

      those Bleeding Hearts are beautiful!!! thanks for the info!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      9 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Hi Abigail. I did a boo-boo. I apologize for critiquing the mix. Wrong frame of mind at the time. I will use the contact feature here at hubpages next time. Thank you for your forgiveness!

      And, in sincerity, thank you! For pointing out to me how much my friend "Fred" (my avatar) means to me. I have kinda' ignored him a bit. Yet, he is still here. Cool!

    • Abigail May profile imageAUTHOR

      Abigail May 

      9 years ago from Maine

      Thanks! I will re-check my mix, and the critique is always welcome. Glad to be a part of the HubPages community!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      9 years ago from Escondido, CA

      A great article. It will propel your future here at hubpages for sure. A little hint, not trying to be critical, but double check your ratio for 'hummingbird go-go juice.' :) And, sharing, if it is hot, increase that ratio or the 'go-go juice will thicken in the sun too fast. Not good. (smile) Welcome to hubapages Abigail May!

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      9 years ago

      Enjoyed your hub, good information I love hummingbirds but have a problem taking their picture. Thanks for sharing


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