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Create a Hummingbird-Friendly Yard

The best gifts come in small packages. And hummingbirds are some of the sweetest small packages that you could ever receive. Not only are they beautiful to watch, they pollinate your flowers as they collect nectar and often eat small insects in your garden.

As gardeners, we have a unique connection to nature at its most basic. Growing and nurturing living plants is not only good for the planet, it’s good for our souls. Often our efforts are rewarded by the arrival of hummingbirds — beautiful flying ornaments. We can increase our chances of encountering these winged visitors by remembering the slightly altered adage, “The way to a hummingbird’s heart is through its stomach.”


  • Beebalm, Wild bergamot, Horsemint, Monarda fistulosa

Native in southwest, Pacific northwest, mountain west, southeast, east and mid-west sections of the U.S.

  • Lemon beebalm, Monarda citriodora

Native to California, southwest and southeast sections of the U.S.

  • Scarlet beebalm, Monarda didyma

Native to the Pacific northwest, east and mid-west sections of the U.S.

  • Spotted beebalm, Monarda punctata

Native to California, New Mexico, Texas, southeast, east and mid-west sections of the U.S.

Salvia (Salvia guaranitica)

Type Perennial

Blooms Blue blooms from summer through fall

Light Full sun to part shade

Soil Well-drained

Size 2 to 5 ft. tall and wide

Rhododendron (Rhododendron spp. and hybrids)

Type Shrub

Blooms Red, pink, lavender, purple, yellow or white blooms in spring

Light Full sun to part shade

Soil Well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil

Size 2 to 15 ft. tall, 3 to 15 ft. wide


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