But I hadn't written a blueprint for making your yard a hummingbird hotspot, until now--via this hummingbird haven article I wrote for the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle.
The article has design criteria, considerations and feeder technique in addition to a plant list.
Divided into sun and shade, the list includes scientific names, notes about water requirements, deciduous-ness (I know, but it should be a word), deer resistance and alkaline soil if needed.
Most of the plants are zones 8-11 although some will take more cold. A few species should have been noted as annuals (standing cypress and pentas, and pineapple sage might be an annual depending on winter.)
I know all the plants in the article attract hummingbirds, we've grown them and seen hummingbirds hover at them.
Our back garden,today. Can you spot seven hummingbird plants?
Watching hummingbirds frees the mind to fly. I hope there's room for hummingbird habitat in your space--for your health and theirs.
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