I love sitting out in my flower garden and hearing the “buzz, buzz, buzz” of tiny flying creatures. No, not bees (although I enjoy those too), I am talking about hummingbirds! Hummingbirds are a delightful addition to any garden and proving flowers that attract and feed these tiny creatures is a good way to draw them in while gussying up your garden. An easy and creative way to attract hummingbirds is by creating a hanging basket filled with colorful blooms to attract hummingbirds.
Choose flowers that attract hummingbirds
While providing hummingbird feeders filled with sugar water is one sure way to attract and feed these tiny creatures, that can get expensive and become quite a job filling and refilling feeders as hungry hummingbirds empty them. Planting flowers that will bloom continuously throughout the summer will be cheaper in the long run and will be easier than constantly refilling feeders.
To create a hummingbird basket, I used a large wire hanging basket and lined it with a coconut fiber liner. Once this was filled with potting soil, I began to add flowers.
For a hummingbird basket, I chose plants that are low-growing and attractive to hummingbirds. I combined trailing plants and upright growers and a variety of brightly-colored plants to make the basket pretty while it draws in hummingbirds.
The plants I chose to create my hummingbird basket were scarlet salvia, red impatiens, red petunias, pink seed geranium, two varieties of sweet potato vine and several fuchsia plants. The fuchsia plants trail over the side of the basket. The sweet potato vines will do the same after they have grown longer.
Other plants that I could have chosen would be columbine, nicotiana, red hot poker, mandevilla, cypress vine and others. In total, it cost me between $10 and $20 for all of the plants I bought for the hummingbird basket. After completing the hummingbird basket in the wire frame basket, I had enough plants to fill a smaller basket.
Put the basket together
The hummingbird basket should be placed in a sunny spot. I hung one basket on an old gazebo frame I had placed in my garden (see Peace in the Garden: Create a Garden Oasis ) and the other one on a tall shepherd’s hook. They are easy to put together and look gorgeous in my garden. My garden is full of plants and features that attract wildlife – bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, frogs. All of these creatures make themselves at home in my garden and I enjoy their presence in my peaceful haven.