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  • 5706 Memorial Drive Stone Mountain, GA 30083 United States

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Humming Bird & Butterfly Gardens

No more hummers? Where’d they all go?

Spring time is nesting season. Shortly after arriving, the females establish a nesting territory. Females don’t like to build nests in a male’s feeding territory, and your feeder is probably part of one. Visits to distant feeders take too much time away from the eggs. When the chicks hatch, they need protein to grow, not sugar, so their mother spends most of her time catching small insects and spiders for them.

During this period, you may still see a male or two at your feeders, but typically only early or late in the day. Once their breeding duties are over, males tend to abandon territories and forage more widely to fatten up for migration. After the chicks fledge (leave the nest), expect the number of hummers at your feeder to be double what it was before the “disappearance”.

As summer progresses, there will be fewer natural hummingbird food sources available in many parts of the continent; feeders can have a real positive impact on the number of birds that survive, so please keep them clean and fresh. And keep notes on your tiny visitors, if you like!

 

Want Hummingbirds In Your Garden?

Hanging a hummingbird feeder is just the first step! Plant flowers in your garden that hummingbirds like to visit and get ready for the show! Hummers like trumpet shaped blooms and bright colors, especially red!

Since hummingbirds feed by sight on regularly-followed routs- called traplining- their inquisitive nature will quickly lead them to investigate any possible new source of food. A hummer garden is also a great way to capture the birds on film or video. Plan carefully and select a variety of plants that flower at successively later dates and you will be rewarded with happy hummers throughout the season.

Plants To Attract and Feed Hummingbirds:

Perennials: Annuals: 
Trees & Shurbs Vines:
Agastache – Hummingbird Mint Begonia                        Anisacanthus – Hummingbird Bush Cypress Vine
Bee Balm Foxglove Azalea Cross Vine
Canna Fuchsia Butterfly Bush Morning Glory
Cardinal Flower Geranium Flowering Quince Scarlet Runner Bean
Columbine Lantana Hibiscus Trumpet Creeper
Coral Bells Nicotiana Turk’s Cap Hibiscus  
Hosta Salvia Rose of Sharon  
Liatris Shrimp Plant Weigela  
Salvia Zinnia    
       

How Fast Do Hummingbirds Wings Beat?

It depends on the size of the bird. The largest, the Giant Hummingbird, has a wingbeat rate of 10-15 times per second. The fastest recorded rate was about 80 per second, on a tiny Amethyst Woodstar, and the slightly smaller Bee Hummingbird – the world’s smallest bird- may have an even faster rate. Common small North American hummers like the Ruby-throated and Rufous average around 53 per second in normal flight.

 

Want to know what plants attract butterflies and which ones are common host plants? By including both host plants and nectar plants in your garden, you can attract a wider selection of butterflies while providing an environment that supports their entire life cycle. Take a look at our list and choose some flowers that will have butterflies flocking to your garden in no time!

- Butterfly Attractors: Annuals, Herbs, and More! - 

Annuals 
Perennials Woodies 
Tithonia rotundifolia Salvia coccinea 
Abelia grandiflora
Salvia splendens Lantana camara 
Aesculus pavia
Phlox drummondii Lavendula  (most kinds) 
Weigela florida
Zinnia elegans Liatris spicata 
Lonicera sempervirens
Impatiens capensis Nepeta gigantean   
Azalea (most kinds)
Nastirtium glauca Rudbeckia hirta  
Rhododendrons (most kinds)
Petunis x hybrid Echinaceae purpurea  
Buddelia davidii
Justica brandegeana Sedum (most kinds)
Caryopteris x clandonensis
Nicotiana alata Verbena bonariensis 
Viburnum (most kinds)
Plumbago aurantiaca Verbena tenuisecta 
 
Pentas lanceolata Verbena canadensis  
 
Centranthus roseus (vina) Veronica spicata   
Herbs, Vegetables, & Fruits
Bouganvillea spectabilis Gaura lindheimerii   
Anethum gravelens
Antirrhinum majus Amsonia tabernaemontana Foeniculum vulgarel
  Aster novi-beigii Daucus carota
  Salvia (most kinds) 
Petroselinum crispum
Vines   
Phlox paniculata 
Pipinella anisum
Aristolocia (most kinds) Centranthus ruber Ruta graveolens
Passiflora (most kinds) Kniphofia uvaria     
 
Impomea quamoclit Lobelia cardinalis   
     
Lonicera japonica Monarda didyma    
 
Camspis radicans Penstemon barbatus     
Phaseolus coccineus   
Boltonia asteroides    
  Passiflora (perennial sp.)  
  Solidago (most kinds)  
     
     
     
     

- Build A Butterfly Puddle -

Butterflies love the nectar from flowering plants but they also need minerals and salts for their diet. One of the easiest ways to give them what they need is to build a butterfly puddle.

- Purchase a shallow plastic or clay plant saucer at least sixteen inches wide. Fill with coarse sand. Mix in a tablespoon of composted chicken manure or mushroom compost. Wet the sand until it is completely soggy.

- Place on a short stand (an overturned clay pot will do) near your flower garden.

- Small stones can be used to line the edge of the container for decoration. Keep the sand soggy for the rest of the summer.

- As an added attractant, place a much smaller saucer on the sand along one edge of the larger saucer and put sliced fruit in it. Banana, apple, pear, and orange slices will bring dozens of butterflies to feed. Don’t replace the fruit regularly – butterflies prefer it slightly fermented. 
- Courtesy of Walter Reeves

- Host Plants -

Even though host plants aren't top-of-mind when planning a butterfly garden, no butterfly garden is complete without these important “behind-the-scene’s” plants.

Host plants are the nurseries of the garden. If you keep an eye out you’ll see the female as she flits around the plant, gently laying her next brood’s eggs, sometimes on top of the leaves but usually on the bottom, hidden from predators.

Then, in 10-14 days, the tiny larvae, less than an eighth inch long, emerge and begin eating the plant. It’s a fascinating process as they much away, growing larger every day. Equally fascinating is watching the caterpillar leave the plant to form a chrysalis.

 

- Common Host Plants In Georgia - 

Flowers:                 
Herbs
Aster Dill
Black-Eyed Susan Fennel
Butterfly Milkweed Parsley
Common Milkweed      
 
Coneflowers Grasses
False Nettle Little Bluestem Grass
Hollyhock Orchard Grass
Indian Paintbrush Panic Grass
Mallow  
Nasturtium Shurbs
Pussy-toe Coontie
Rue False Indigo
Ruellia Spicebush
Shasta Daisy  
Silver Brocade Vines
Snapdragon Passion Flowers
Spider Flower Pipevine
Sunflower  
Swamp Milkweed Trees
Swamp Verbena Aspen Tree
Tall Verbena Common Hop Tree
Violet Elm Tree
Water Dock Flowering Dogwood
Wild Senna