Hummingbirds have a special affinity for the colour red. They are also partial to tubular or trumpet-shaped flowers. You can enhance habitat for these intriguing birds by planting a garden that meets their particular needs.
• Although hummingbirds are attracted to red flowers, you don't need to rely too much on colour when planning your garden. The first hummers to arrive in spring will seek out any flowers rich in nectar, and as there are so few flowers in bloom in early spring, almost any will do.
• As spring wears on and summer gets under way, many more flowers blossom. Hummingbirds are partial to favourites like day-lilies, fireweed, cardinal-flower, dropmore scarlet trumpet honeysuckle vine, wild geranium, delphiniums, and phlox.
• Refer to "Create a Wildflower Garden" for specific instructions on how to obtain native wildflowers and establish them in your garden.
• Water regularly until the plants are well established.
• Weed out any undesirable growth.
• See "Plant Project Maintenance Tips" for further suggestions.