There is nothing prettier than creating a garden that will attract hummingbirds. Planting one in Houston, Texas might be a little trickier due to the heat, but if you choose the right plants and take care of them, you will be rewarded by all the beautiful hummingbirds they will bring to your garden. The following tips will help you to plant your own hummingbird garden right here in Houston, Texas.
One of the easiest way to bring hummingbirds to your garden is by hanging a hummingbird feeder in it (you know, those bird feeders filled with the red liquid.) You may see this as cheating but it’s really more a jump start if you find that you aren’t attracting hummingbirds to your garden. But most of the time, it will take hummingbirds about two minutes to find your Houston, Texas garden, especially if you use a lot of red flowers.
If possible, use a combination of flowers, bushes, hanging plants and even container plants. If you have a problem with neighborhood cats, though, maybe keep your garden a little higher. Hummingbirds love vines, too, so if you have a trellis in your garden, that will be perfect.
Flowers. Red salvias are the number one hummingbird attracting flower in my book, but other colors work well, too (coral, black, blue, and others.) This is good news because it means you can have fun with your color scheme in your Houston, Texas garden. But seriously, use a lot of red. Most salvias are perennials, too, although one of the prettiest reds is an annual. Purple coneflowers and night blooming jasmine are great for attracting hummingbirds, too.
If you have a lot of shade in your yard, don’t despair, as hummingbirds are attracted to some shade plants as well. Try day lilies, purple columbine or cedar sage. These flowers do very well in full shade and will still draw hummingbirds to your Houston, Texas garden.
Shrubs and bushes. Red cestrum shrubs have both the red coloring and the tubular shaped flowers that hummingbirds are crazy about. They also attract butterflies. The Blue Chip buddleia and cape honeysuckles will also draw tons of hummingbirds and butterflies. Any type of hibiscus will bring hummingbirds in droves, and this is a fun bush because is comes in so many different colors – red, pink, salmon, pink-and-yellow, and more. (But red will draw the most visitors to your Houston, Texas garden.)
Climbing flowers. Both scarlet and red star morning glory vines, among others, will bring all your neighborhood hummingbirds flocking, as will Mexican flame vines (also sometimes called orange glow vines). Coral vines, with their delicate pink flowers, are also a favorite in Houston, Texas gardens.