An excellent planting design for a hummingbird garden follows the wildlife landscaping principle of layered vegetation. Build a cascade of plant attractants by securing a trellis to a wall and covering it with a native cross vine or coral honeysuckle vines. Or consider a red buckeye for height at the back of your hummingbird garden. Add lower shrubs such as coral bean or fire bush, and then low flowering annuals and perennials closer to the ground.
The ruby-throated hummingbird is by far the most common hummingbird we see in Tallahassee. While they are the smallest of birds, they have a large appetite and require a constant source of energy. Their wingbeats have been measured at 20 to 200 beats per second and they feed every 10 to 15 minutes, dawn to dusk. They eat more than half their weight in food and eight times their weight in water.
Adult hummingbirds feed primarily on nectar from plants. The ideal hummingbird plant has red, orange or pink tubular flowers. We have a wide selection of native and non-native hummer attracting plants to incorporate into your landscape.
Feeders are secondary hummingbird attractors. We've selected hummingbird feeders that we know in our experience are promising, easy to use and easy to clean. Whether you want something small to get started, or something beautiful to enhance your yard or existing hummingbird feeder collection, you are sure to find the right feeder at Native Nurseries.