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Bring in the Hummingbirds

The ruby-throated hummingbirds are back for the summer.  With a combination of the right plants and feeders you can attract more of these beautiful birds to your yard and garden.

Hummingbirds are attracted to annuals like petunias, fuchsia, salvia and lavender. Perennials such as bee balm, columbine, coral bells and beardtongue are also great attractors.  Other perennial vines like trumpet vine or honeysuckle ‘Dropmore Scarlet’ are also hummingbird favorites. Check out this post for more about Plants that Attract Hummingbirds.

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Hummingbirds are after nectar and Sargent’s has a great selection of feeders that are both decorative and functional. Buy packaged nectar or make your own using 1 part sugar to 4 parts water, heating and stirring until dissolved. No artificial sweeteners or food coloring please!  Be sure to cool before filling your feeders.  Clean feeders well in between refills to keep the feeder and the nectar fresh.

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Hummingbirds will also visit your bird bath.  Add rocks to the bottom so that they water is only 1.5″ deep to encourage the birds to stop for a sip.

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