KUSA - It's been a really good year for hummingbird lovers. Ordinarily these tiny birds favor the foothills and mountains, but this year they've ventured down to the Front Range communities. To watch one hovering to drink flower nectar is a great treat.
To lure hummingbirds to your garden, plant the flowers they like. They are mainly attracted to red or orange tubular blossoms but they also will visit orange, pink, salmon and purple flowers if the shape is right and fits their long bills.
Although some of these flowers are perennial, you can buy them at nurseries now and plant them on your patio. If you sit quietly, the hummingbirds will often come very close to you as they feed. Recommended plants include bee balm (Monarda), hummingbird mint (Agastache), red or orange cannas, red or purple salvias, California fuchsia (Zauschneria) and Crocosmia 'Lucifer.'
There were a number of hummingbirds in the perennial area of Tagawa Gardens yesterday when I selected these plants. They really liked the Crocosmia. Get some and enjoy the show in your garden.
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