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hummingbird.jpgFound only in the Americas, the hummingbird family includes 383 species, but only 16 live in North America. Hummingbirds like bright-colored flowers with lots of nectar, often they are red. Hummingbirds must feed 3 to 5 times per hour and may become reliant on your garden for food, but there may be periods when there are no blossoms from which they can get nectar. Even with a garden of plants, it is a good idea to provide hummingbird feeders.

Never fill your feeders with anything but sugar-water mix of 1 part white sugar to 4 parts water. Do not use food coloring of any kind, and never use molasses, honey, sugar substitutes, powdered, brown sugar or nutrient mixtures (these can develop a fungus which can be fatal to hummingbirds). Wash the feeder each time you refill it. Scrub feeders occasionally with a brush, after a soaking in a mild bleach-water mixture (1 part bleach to 9 parts water), which kills any bacteria in the feeder.

Hummingbirds are very territorial and will defend flowers and feeders from other hummers. If possible, space food sources out of sight from one another, or as far apart as possible, up to 30 feet.

While hummingbirds need nectar, insects, such as aphids, represent the majority of their diet. According to recent research, hummingbirds may have very small brains but excellent memory when it involves food. Scientists in Britain and Canada, have studied the Rufous hummingbird that lives in the Canadian Rockies. The Rufous hummingbird can remember the location of specific flowers and the last time they visited them.

In the birds'€™ feeding grounds, scientists kept track of how frequently the hummingbirds visited eight artificial flowers filled with a sucrose solution. Once the flowers were empty the scientists refilled half after 10 minutes and other half after 20 minutes.

Scientists discovered that the birds returned to the flowers according to the refill schedule. The flowers refilled every ten minutes were visited by the hummingbirds sooner than those refilled every 20 minutes. They believe that the hummingbird'€™s brain has become extremely developed because they travel long distances and do no€™t have time and energy to waste looking for food.

Hummingbirds may visit these blooming plants:

  • Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red'
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    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat - Proven Winners® Paint the Town SeriesCommon Name: PinksMembers of the Paint the Town Series are prized for their bright colors and increased heat tolerance. This translates to better performance nearly...

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  • Phlox 'Opening Act Romance'
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    Phlox 'Opening Act Romance' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Romance' PPAF (25) BR Plants - Proven Winners® Common Name: Hybrid PhloxIt keeps getting better and better for Opening Act Phlox. This new variety is the pinnacle of refinement, with a low-wide habit that's nearly dome-like, a...

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  • Phlox 'Backlight'
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    Phlox p. 'Backlight' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Backlight' PPAF (25) BR Plants Proven Winners® LUMINARY Collection Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxJoining the other members of the LUMINARY™ Collection, 'Backlight' brings a highly sought-after flower color. Pure white flowers are...

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  • Phlox 'Ultraviolet'
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    Phlox p. 'Ultraviolet' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Ultraviolet' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® LUMINARY Collection (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxVery dark, magenta violet flower panicles are held above a full, bushy habit of bright green foliage. An improvement on the...

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  • Phlox p. 'Opalescence'
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    Phlox p. 'Opalescence' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Opalescence' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® LUMINARY?? Collection (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxThe flagship variety of the LUMINARY™ Collection and the gold standard of powdery mildew resistance. In an extensive...

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  • Phlox 'Opening Act Ultrapink'
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    Phlox 'Opening Act Ultrapink' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Ultrapink' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxThis Phlox isn't just pink, it's ULTRApink! With this addition to the Opening Act Phlox Collection, it is officially the brightest, most...

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  • Phlox 'Magenta Pearl'
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    Phlox 'Magenta Pearl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Magenta Pearl' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxA counterpart to 'Amethyst Pearl', this variety has similar disease-resistant foliage, and early bloomtime and rebloom power, but with deeper magenta pink flowers. This variety is...

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  • Phlox 'Baby Doll White'
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    Phlox 'Baby Doll White' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Baby Doll White' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxAt just a foot tall, this perennial is easy to tuck into small spaces in the garden or for use in containers. White flowers form a mass of blooms on top of the dark green foliage...

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  • Phlox 'Baby Doll Pink'
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    Phlox 'Baby Doll Pink' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Baby Doll Pink' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxAt just a foot tall, this perennial is easy to tuck into small spaces in the garden or for use in containers. Bright pink flowers with a white halo form a mass of blooms on top of...

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  • Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy'
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    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® (30)ct Flat Common Name: Pinks'Paint the Town Fancy' produces 1', single, rosy fuchsia flowers with a red eye and serrated petals. Flowers completely cover the plant when it's in peak. Its...

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  • Phlox paniculata 'Uptown Girl'
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    Phlox p. 'Uptown Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Uptown Girl' PPAF - GARDEN GIRLS Collection (25) bare root clumps Height: 32.0-36.0 InchesSpread: 28.0-32.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8Flower Color: Pink shadesFoliage Color: Green shadesFull Sun Average Water NeedsAverage to Fertile...

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  • Phlox 'Opening Act Pink-a-Dot'
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    Phlox 'Opening Act Pink-a-Dot' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Pink-a-Dot' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxThis new hybrid Phlox will bloom even earlier. It boasts a long season of color in addition to being early blooming. Near white flowers with a dark pink, central star...

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  • Phlox paniculata 'Cover Girl'
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    Phlox p. 'Cover Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox paniculata 'Cover Girl' PPAF - GARDEN GIRLS Collection (25) bare root clumps Height: 38.0-42.0 InchesSpread: 24.0-28.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8Flower Color: Purple shadesFoliage Color: Green shadesFull Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct...

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  • Dianthus 'Kiss and Tell'
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    Dianthus 'Kiss and Tell' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Kiss and Tell' PPAF - PRETTY POPPERS Series Common Name: PinksLarge semi-double, blush pink to white flowers have a dark red eye. Blue-green foliage. Height: 8.0-10.0 InchesSpread: 16.0-18.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9Flower Color: Pink...

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  • Dianthus 'Goody Gumdrops' 
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    Dianthus 'Goody Gumdrops' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Goody Gumdrops' PPAF - PRETTY POPPERS Series Common Name: PinksSemi-double, fuchsia pink flowers with a red eye. Blue-green foliage. Height: 8.0-10.0 InchesSpread: 16.0-18.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9Flower Color: Pink shadesFoliage...

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  • Dianthus 'Classic Coral'
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    Dianthus 'Classic Coral' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Classic Coral' PPAF (30)ct Flat FRUIT PUNCH® Series Common Name: Pinks'Classic Coral' is the long-awaited missing color of the FRUIT PUNCH® series. In early summer a splash of double, striking coral pink flowers is produced over a...

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  • Dianthus 'Cute as a Button'
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    Dianthus 'Cute as a Button' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Cute as a Button' PPAF (30)ct Flat PRETTY POPPERS™ Series Common Name: PinksSemi-double, bright pink flowers have a deep red eye and serrated edges. Blue-green foliage. Height: 6.0-8.0 InchesSpread: 14.0 InchesHardiness Zones:...

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  • Dianthus 'Appleblossom Burst'
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    Dianthus 'Appleblossom Burst' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Appleblossom Burst' PPAF (30)ct Flat PRETTY POPPERS™ SeriesCommon Name: PinksSemi-double flowers with a mixture of flowers colors, from white to an intense pink blush. In a greenhouse, these flowers will be nearly white. Blue-green...

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  • Dianthus barbatus 'Scarlet Fever'

    Dianthus b. 'Scarlet Fever' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus barbatus 'Scarlet Fever' PPAF (30)ct Flat Perennial Sweet William This sport of 'Heart Attack' has bright, red-orange flowers when the sunlight shines on them, compared to the black-red color of its parent. This type of Dianthus forms...

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  • Dianthus 'Raspberry Ruffles'

    Dianthus 'Raspberry Ruffles' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Raspberry Ruffles' PPAF - Proven Winners FRUIT PUNCH Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: pinks; This Dianthus produces large, florist quality, fully double, raspberry pink blossoms about 1¾ inches wide. Each serrated petal is framed by a...

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  • Dianthus 'Electric Red'
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    Dianthus 'Electric Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Electric Red' PPAF - PRETTY POPPERS (30)ct Flat Common Name: pinks Dramatic, rich red double flowers that grab you from a distance. Flowers are held on strong stems above blue-green leaves.  Height: 8.0-10.0 InchesSpread: 16.0...

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  • Dianthus 'Double Bubble'

    Dianthus 'Double Bubble' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Double Bubble' PPAF - PRETTY POPPERS (30)ct Flat Common Name: pinks; Series Name: Fruit Punch Series  Double, medium pink flowers with blue-green foliage. Very floriferous and a petite package.  Height: 6.0-8.0 Inches Inches; Spread:...

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  • Dianthus 'Cherry Vanilla'

    Dianthus 'Cherry Vanilla' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Cherry Vanilla' PPAF - Proven Winners FRUIT PUNCH Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: pinks; Series Name: Fruit Punch Series  'Cherry Vanilla' has fully double, carnation-like flowers. 1.5in wide, deep red flowers have a sharply contrasting,...

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  • Dianthus 'Spiked Punch'
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    Dianthus 'Spiked Punch' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Spiked Punch' PPAF (30)ct Flat - Proven Winners FRUIT PUNCH Series Incredibly vibrant fuchsia pink, double flowers have deep red eyes and heavily serrated petals. The flowers are a little larger than most of the other members of the series at...

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  • Dianthus 'Cranberry Cocktail'
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    Dianthus 'Cranberry Cocktail' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Cranberry Cocktail' PPAF (30)ct Flat - Proven Winners FRUIT PUNCH Series Full, 2” double hot magenta pink flowers have serrated edges, rising above its grey-green, dense foliage.  Deer resistant, low maintenance and drought tolerant,...

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  • Phlox 'Opening Act White' PPAF
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    Phlox 'Opening Act White' PP27461 (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act White' PPAF (25) BR Plants Height: 18-20 Inches, Spread: 18-20 InchesFlower Color: White ShadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 8Full sun Blooms Early summer to Late summer This new hybrid Phlox will bloom even earlier than midsummer, starting in...

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  • Phlox 'Opening Act Blush' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Blush' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Blush' PPAF (25) BR Plants Height: 18-20 Inches, Spread: 18-20 InchesFlower Color: Pink ShadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 8Full sun Blooms Early summer to Late summer This new hybrid Phlox will bloom even earlie than midsummerr, starting in...

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  • Dianthus g. 'Firewitch'

    Dianthus g. 'Firewitch' (3.5 inch pot)

    Dianthus 'Firewitch' CHEDDAR PINK Zones 3 to 8. Full sunMature size: 6 to 8 inches tall, spreads to 12 inches wide. Low-growing, compact ground cover. Magenta pink, serrated edged petals appear in mass above silvery-blue evergreen foliage. Heavy late...

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  • Dianthus g. 'Fire Star'

    Dianthus g. 'Fire Star' PP14895 (3.5 inch pot)

    Dianthus 'Fire Star' PP14895 Zones 5 to 9.FullSun to partial sun. Mature height is 8 inches. Space 8 to 12 inches apart.Vigorous growth rate, for a dianthus. Fire red flowers with a crimson eye have the spicy scent of cloves. These bright flowers shine...

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  • Dianthus g. 'Bath's Pink' (3.5 inch pot)

    Dianthus g. 'Bath's Pink' (3.5 inch pot)

    Dianthus gratianopolitans 'Bath's Pink' Common Name: Cheddar Pinks Zones: 3 to 9 Flower height reaches to 10 inches. Low-growing, spreading, dense mounds of grassy, blue-green, linear foliage and numerous, fringed, reblooming, fragrant, soft pink, 1 inch...

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  • Phlox paniculata 'Glamour Girl' PPAF
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    Phlox paniculata 'Glamour Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox paniculata 'Glamour Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants Resists powdery mildew even in the hot, humid summers of Michigan Hot coral pink, fragrant flowers on dark purple stems in mid through late summer Maintains its bright green, healthy looking foliage...

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  • Phlox paniculata 'Red Riding Hood'

    Phlox paniculata 'Red Riding Hood' (25) BR Plants

    Phlox paniculata 'Red Riding Hood'Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxVivid clusters of fragrant, cherry-red flowers sit atop strong-stemmed plants from mid thru late summer. 'Red Riding Hood' is a compact variety which attracts butterflies and hummingbirds...

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  • Dianthus 'Fire and Ice' PPAF

    Dianthus 'Fire and Ice' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Fire and Ice' PPAF Common Name: pinks; Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 10 inches tall and 14 inches wide;Mounding habit. Growth rate: Moderate. Raspberry colored, 1 to 1.5 inch round blossoms with tiny light pink spots and...

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