Shop by Category

Hummingbird Gardens

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:

  • Salvia 'Vanity Flair' 
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Salvia 'Vanity Flair' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Vanity Flair' PPAF - FASHIONISTA® Collection (25) bare root clumps 'Vanity Flair' has large sky blue flowers. The long flower spikes are produced above a dense mass canopy of dark green foliage. Height: 20.0-22.0 InchesSpread: 20.0-24.0...

    $175.00
    Choose Options
  • Salvia n. 'Violet Profusion'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Salvia n. 'Violet Profusion' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Violet Profusion' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Perennial SalviaThis Salvia nemorosa hybrid will impress you with the number of times it reblooms! Sheer back the spent flowers and enjoy again throughout the summer. Violet blue...

    $186.60
    Choose Options
  • Salvia n. 'Perfect Profusion'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Salvia n. 'Perfect Profusion' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Perfect Profusion' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Profusion SeriesCommon Name: Perennial SalviaThis Salvia nemorosa hybrid reblooms multiple times throughout the summer if the spent flower stems are cut back-one of the very best for consistent...

    $186.60
    Choose Options
  • Salvia n. 'Pink Profusion'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Salvia n. 'Pink Profusion' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Pink Profusion' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Profusion SeriesCommon Name: Perennial SalviaThis Salvia nemorosa hybrid will impress you with the number of times it reblooms! Sheer back the spent flowers and enjoy again throughout the summer. Dark...

    $186.60
    Choose Options
  • Salvia n. 'Bumblesnow'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Salvia n. 'Bumblesnow' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Bumblesnow' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Bumble SeriesCommon Name: Perennial Salvia, Garden Sage'Bumblesnow' produces pure white flowers on a petite habit of attractive deep green foliage. Good rebloom if deadheaded. This cute sized package is...

    $163.00
    Choose Options
  • Salvia nemorosa 'Bumbleblue' PPAF

    Salvia n. 'Bumbleblue' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia nemorosa 'Bumbleblue' PPAF Common Name: Salvia-Perennial, garden sage, wood sage 'Bumbleblue' is prolific bloomer, producing loads of violet blue flowers on a petite habit of healthy, deep green foliage. This cute sized package is perfect for...

    $163.00
    Choose Options
  • Salvia 'Ballerina Pink' PPAF

    Salvia 'Ballerina Pink' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Ballerina Pink' PPAF - FASHIONISTA Collection Common Name: Salvia-Perennial, garden sage, wood sage Soft pink flowers are held by dark mauve pink calyxes.  Height: 18.0-20.0 Inches; Spread: 16.0-18.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8Flower...

    $175.00
    Choose Options
  • Salvia nemorosa 'Bumbleberry' PPAF

    Salvia n. 'Bumbleberry' PP31602 (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Bumbleberry' PP31602 Common Name: Salvia-Perennial, garden sage, wood sage; 'Bumbleberry' produces dark fuchsia pink flowers on dark wine purple calyxes on a petite habit of attractive deep green foliage. The deep, intense color makes other...

    $163.00
    Choose Options
  • Salvia nemorosa 'Snow Hill'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Salvia nemorosa 'Snow Hill' (25) BR Plants

    Salvia nemorosa 'Snow Hill' a/k/a 'Schneehugel'. Zone: 4 to 9. Full sun to partial shade. Mature size: up to 20 inches height; spreads 15 to 18 inches. More compact habit than other perennial Salvias. Dense, white blooms atop multiple spikes over...

    $186.60
    Choose Options
  • Salvia 'May Night' offers long lasting violet blooms from spring to frost over clumping green foliage.  Prefers full sun, attracts butterflies and is hardy from zone 4-9.

    Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' (25) BR Plants

    Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' a/k/a 'Mainacht'. 1997 Perennial Plant Of The Year. Zone: 3 to 8. Full sun to partial shade. Mature size: up to 18 inches height; spreads 18 to 24 inches. Dense, vibrant blue-violet blooms atop multiple spikes over...

    $165.00
    Choose Options
  • Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

    Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' (25) BR Plants

    Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' Common Name: Salvia-Perennial, garden sage. Zones 3 to 8. Full sun. Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 15 inches wide;Growth rate: Moderate, clump forming herbaceous perennial. Rigidly upright habit and dark purple flower...

    $158.60
    Choose Options