Hummingbird Garden Plans
Making hummingbird garden plans is easy, fun and rewarding for any gardener and hummingbird lover!
How to Make a Hummingbird Garden Design
The best way to start hummingbird garden plans is with a simple drawing of your garden.
If you are creating a garden to attract hummingbirds then special planning can be included.
There are unique considerations to add that have worked like a charm for us.
- Narrow gardens are better. (Let's remember that we are taking
into account the needs of hummingbirds. In this case, it is easier for
them to access the garden from either side.)
- Curving flower beds work also. (These allow approach from all
sides. When you observe your hummingbirds after your flowers have
bloomed, you will understand the reason. The hummingbirds are usually
fighting for territory. It is much better for them to be able to zip
down into the garden quickly before the competitor gets a chance to take
- Clusters of colorful blooms. (Hummingbirds have excellent
eyesight. We want them to be able to spot the flowers easily.
Hummingbirds can see clusters of plants easier than one flower.)
- Layering blooms:
- Tallest plants in back or in the center if it is accessible around the circumference of the garden. An example: Phlox
- Middle size plants in the middle. An example: Bee Balm
- Small plants in the front. An example: Salvia Sage
These hummingbird garden plans will create a much more attractive
you to appreciate as well. It enables these tiny, speedy birds numerous
opportunities to find these blooms, more flowers to linger at, and more
chances for you to watch them.
Jim and I enjoy sitting in front of our hummingbird garden with feeders hung in the center to watch our little friends. We chose decorative feeders
as yard art to complement the beauty of the flower garden. The
hummingbirds are especially busy in the evening zipping from flower to
feeder and guarding territory from each other by perching on a nearby
tree branch. They are a joy to witness.
Here is a video of a young lady dancing for the camera at one of our feeders in our hummingbird garden.
- Choose flowers that bloom at different times (giving the birds a source of nectar throughout the season).
- Think habitat. Try to create both sun and shade by providing
trees as well as open areas. (They can perch in the shade between
feedings. This is good because hummingbirds digest food while perching.
With the fast metabolism of the birds, they need to perch between each
- Position your garden where you can easily see it (to watch your hummingbirds).
garden plans like these, you can have an enviable garden to show friends
and family. You will feel rewarded, enjoy the beauty and your
hummingbirds will have a bountiful supply of nectar.
Hummingbird Flower Garden