How to Attract Hummingbirds

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I am so happy to bring you this list and ways to attract these gorgeous creatures. I love sitting in the yard and watching these little guys flit from flower to flower and then stop to take a drink of nectar, then hover over top of the house as if taking a mental note of where to come back for more goodness next time. I put this post under the For Your Health menu because it can be the best stress reliever on the planet.  Nature, in it’s purest and most innocent form is so good for your soul. Relaxation and being aware of all the beauty in this sometimes cruel world can be the boost you need. Sit back and watch. You will be amazed at how good you feel by inviting these lovely creatures to your yard.

Here is a an adorable look at hummingbirds. This person really loves Hummingbirds. I only have one.,

You can have as many as you want apparently this person attracted many more than I have seen at one time. Kudos to the person who did this.

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If You Have Never Had A Hummingbird Feeder

You should try one. If you do, please continue the upkeep and feed them regularly. They depend on your loyalty and it helps these little creatures sustain their lives and live strong and thrive.

I Moved Two Years Ago

I left all of my plants at my other house. I didn’t realize that some of those plants attracted Hummingbirds. I never had a problem attracting them. I  always planted the same plants and flowers.

This move, I planted all the plants that I love that did not do well at all in the soil I had. In fact, I had lost my Precious Red Blaze Climbing Roses. My favorite variety and the only one I ever grow. I lost my beautiful Weigela’s. And I couldn’t grow a Rhododendron, and I love those. The only plants I could grow were annuals and Hibiscus, hosta, lily, iris, marigold. Those plants liked the clay soil and in some parts pretty wet clay soil.

So, Guess What Plants I Bought This Time

Yes, I bought my precious roses, a gorgeous purple Rhododendron, and two purple Weigela’s. I was so happy I could have these plants again. I did not plant Hibiscus or lilies, any of the other plants that were there. Now I am learning that  I need to plant some that attract Hummingbirds.

So, Here is The list Of Plants That Attract

  • Ajuga
  • Bee balm
  • Begonia
  • Bleeding heart
  • Butterfly weed
  • Canna
  • Cardinal flower
  • Century plant
  • Columbine
  • Coral bells (heuchera)
  • Cleome
  • Crapemyrtle
  • Dahlia
  • Dame’s rocket
  • Delphinium
  • Fire pink
  • Four o’ clocks
  • Foxglove
  • Fuchsia
  • Gilia
  • Geranium
  • Gladiolus
  • Glossy abelia
  • Hollyhocks
  • Impatiens
  • Iris
  • Lantana
  • Liatris
  • Lily
  • Lupine
  • Nasturtium
  • Nicotiana
  • Paintbrush
  • Penstemon
  • Petunia
  • Phlox
  • Sage
  • Salvia
  • Scabiosa
  • Scarlet sage
  • Sweet William
  • Verbena
  • Yucca
  • Zinnia
Red Hollyhocks
Red Delphinium
Impatiens are low to ground and blanket area they are planted in.

They love the color Red so keep in mind the color you get for your yard. Impatiens are a good choice, along with hollyhocks. Hollyhocks and Delphinium grow tall. They are wonderful additions to your garden landscape.  I would like to have an area full of these Hummingbird attracting flowers. So I will be working on that.

Once you start feeding Hummingbirds, they will know to come back. Planting flowers and shrubs that they feed off of will make sure they re-visit, even when the nectar feeder is empty.

Safe Nectar

In the 1970’s.  Some red dyes were found to be toxic, and were banned for use in food products. I remember there was a time back then when we were picking out the red M and M’s because of the controversy of Red Dye No. 2. I believe it was that number. They were still using them for hummingbird feeders, but eventually that was banned also. The red dye in the hummingbird food is safe now, but I am still skeptic. I have a recipe for homemade nectar that hummingbirds love, and will save you a ton of money if you regularly feed hummingbirds. The nectar recipe has no red in it so you will need to incorporate the color red in your landscape and plant flowers that they are attracted

Hummingbirds are attracted to the Color Red

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If you choose to have the homemade recipe, make sure you put some red flowers nearby, or attach red strips of material, or ribbons near or on the feeder. Most feeders have a red base and top, some have no red in it at all. This is my feeder in the picture. It has no red, so I put it near my red roses.


  • One Part Table Sugar
  • Four Parts Water

Use bottled water if you can. Tap water can have some chemicals in it that could be toxic to Hummingbirds. I measured my Hummingbird feeder and it holds 16oz of liquid. The ratio for that would be

  • One Half Cup Sugar
  • Two Cups Water

Some recipes say to boil water, but that is not necessary. Room temp water is fine. Boiling only speeds up the fermenting process. so warm water will work. Set a 16oz bottle of water in the sun for a few hours and use that water for your feeder, or just room temp is fine. Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved before you put in

You only want enough for a week for each feeder. Hummingbirds like fresh clean nectar, so clean and refill that feeder once a week. I plan my cleanings on Sunday, the only day I sometimes  get off work. I spend the morning of my only day off in the yard enjoying and taking care of my animals and outdoor friends. It only takes a few minutes, you may be fortunate to see the Hummingbirds hovering and waiting for your return. A wonderful sight to see and definitely good for the heart and soul. If you want to lower your blood pressure and leave the stress behind, get a Hummingbird feeder, then work on keeping them happy.

I found this one on Amazon. I like that the bottle itself is red. Mine is not. I like this one better. You can put it up without worrying about having something red nearby.

I went here and Wow, so many birdfeeders.  Lot of good deals too. I paid $24.99 for mine at Home Depot, so I should have gone here first.

Never Alter The Recipe

The concentration in the recipe is very close to nectar from flowers. Nectar that is too strong is not good because it will ferment more quickly and clog the feeder ports. This recipe is the best ratio for feeders, so try to stick with that one.

Caution…Please Read…..

Never use honey, brown sugar, molasses or artificial sugar substitutes for any hummingbird nectar recipe. Honey and molasses (brown sugar contains molasses products) are too heavy  and hard for Hummingbirds to digest. Also these ingredients can ferment more quickly, that creates a mold that is fatal to Hummingbirds. Any kind of Sugar Substitute is futile, as it does not contain any caloric contribution to a Hummingbird in the form of energy.


One of my readers asked which states Hummingbirds live in. I have found that Hummingbirds  live in all U.S. states except    Hawaii

This information was obtained from

This site also lists all the different kinds for each state. Check it out to see what species are in your state. Sounds like fun? I didn’t know all the different species I had in MI till I went there. so have fun and see what kind you have.
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My Son Kenny and I enjoy everything that is all natural. We enjoy nature , rescuing animals in need, advocating for the Homeless. We are getting back to basics and hope you will come with us and learn great ways to eat healthy, live peacefully, and enjoy life. Love all animals, it is the greatest love of all Help the Homeless, they all have a story to tell

8 thoughts on “How to Attract Hummingbirds”

  1. Hi Kitty,
    Stress management skills are indeed so necessary in today’s life as the stressors have more than become too many. I agree with you that nature has some important significance in helping people relieve their mental stress as it shows that indeed, despite the turmoil inside, everything is still under control outside there.
    Humming birds are indeed an interesting lot to watch especially the flapping of their colorful wings

    1. Hello again Boniface. Yes, Everyone needs a peaceful place to unwind from their daily stress. I choose to have a little piece of Heaven in my backyard. It can be the park, music, relaxing with a nice cup of tea, or any outdoor relaxation place that makes you happy.

      We all need to find that place, and visit it daily. It is a wonderful place to just sit and watch Nature at it’s best. I can feel the stress melt away by just sitting. In a hurried world we live in and daily stress from work, we need to unwind in a peaceful space.

      I hope you enjoyed this post and will use some of the tools laid out and relieve stress. It works, and is very healthy. Leave the phone in the house when you do, no distractions, just breathe in, breathe out, you will feel the stress will blow away with the gentle breeze. Close your eyes, tune into the peaceful soundd of Nature, and relax.

      Always great to see you on here. Come back and visit soon….Kitty

  2. Oh My God, I would love to have humming birds visit daily. I think I have too many animals roaming though for them to feel comfortable. I have had a lot of the foliage that you listed that they are attracted to. In fact I was searching about one of the flowers listed when I came across your site.

    They are beautiful creatures and so serene to watch. My father-in-law loved his birds. Fed them every day twice a day. He had several huming birds.

    1. Hi Debra Thanks for stopping by. I was wondering what kind of animals are you speaking of? We have several stray cats around here, I also seen a raccoon coming down my driveway when I was leaving for work.

      I have a trellis that I keep a feeder for Hummingbirds. I also have my bird feeders, and thistle for the finches. They don’t seem to have a fear of them. The flowers or bushes you say you have, are any of them red? They love red, so any red will attract them. You can hang red ribbons anywhere you have a feeder for them and they will notice it on their way by and stop and have a drink of nectar. They will come back every year if you keep a feeder for them, After that, they will see you have the natural nectar, and start coming around. I hope you get visitors soon. It is very relaxing and they are so beautiful. Try to keep water available also for all the flying species. They are always seeking out a place to stop and drink. I hope to see you again soon….

  3. great post. Nature is a beautiful thing and it defiantly helps take away from the stress of daily living. I love going out on nature walks etc.. to just here the tranquility and peacefulness of birds chirping and squirrels wrestling through the trees. It’s like a breathe of fresh air. I didn’t realize hummingbirds were so attracted to red. that’s something to defiantly take note on. What are the best areas to find hummingbirds?

    1. Brandon. Thank You so much for your awesome comment. I love tranquility too. It is good for the mind and soul. I have a very small yard but it is full of nature. Hummingbirds love the color red. It’s a mystery to me why, but that’s their color. If You are trying to attract them, keep red in your yard. They love nectar. But prefer to get it from flowers. I always found that Impatiens flowers attracted them more so than any other flower. I live in Michigan and I have seen many varieties, I have also seen them in the south. I am sure they would be just about anywhere. I will look into the regions they live and thrive in and post an update on that article.

      I am so glad you enjoyed the article. I hope you will stop back again soon for more valuable information about nature and natural living….Kitty

  4. Thank you Kitty for sharing such wonderful information . I only have a very small garden but year on year I promise myself I will grow SOMETHING :). You have inspired me to take the plunge ! I’ll definately be looking into harvesting weeds too. I had no idea there were so many that are good for us.

    1. Cheryl Thank You so much for your inspiring reply. I do this to let people know that we have other choices. Healthy choices with no side effects. Doctors are good to have, but I fear that they have also fallen into the trap of Big Pharma and the billions of dollars they get for serving up this drug and that drug. Then the side effects will require yet another drug to combat it. Next thing you know, your bleeding from your gut and need surgery. It is a vicious cycle and must be stopped. When my Grandmother told me years ago that if my mom would have drank a cup of Chamomile tea everyday she would not have died, I did not really pay attention to that statement till many years later when I discovered that Chamomile, and other teas have the ability to cure cancer, I was shocked. How did she know? Well, now, after extensive research I am putting this information out to anyone who wants to know how to heal themselves naturally.

      There is still time to go grab some Stinging Nettle for tea. So go do that asap. If you want to have better health. I have lots of ways to make your own tea on my site. Please go visit those posts. It could save your life.

      Thank you for stopping by. I hope to see you again….Kitty

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