Brand New Backyard
Our backyard revamp is just about finished! We got rid of an old, splintery deck and water thirsty lawn. Also gone are a bunch of plants that were just plain old, tired and ugly, replaced by plants that attract hummingbirds and bees. We did most the work ourselves. But we did hire a local company to come out and put in a paver patio. Whew! I’m glad that we are finally to the point where we can enjoy the yard instead of just toiling in it! Just in time for the lovely weather here in Northern California. All that beautiful garden color has been working to attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies, along with my new favorite find: the best hummingbird feeder ever.
Drought Tolerant Perennials
One of the things I wanted to do when we started our landscaping was stick to drought tolerant perennials that don’t require a lot of water once established (since we have just ended a 6-year drought here…), and I really wanted to attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. So far I’m happy to say that the hummingbirds and bees are loving my yard!
Among the perennials we planted were multiple kinds of Salvia (Hot Lips, Black & Bloom, Mexican Sage), several Butterfly Bushes, Milkweed, Penstemon, Yarrow and Lavender. All of these are drought tolerant perennials so they don’t require much water once established, and the hummingbirds and bees love them!
Best Hummingbird Feeder Ever
I also want to give a little shoutout to that hummingbird feeder you see there. I have had plenty of different hummingbird feeders over the years. This is by far the best hummingbird feeder I have ever used! I’m linking to it here because I have never seen this type in a regular retail store before. All my other feeders I found at Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and local garden centers. Why these retailers don’t stock this I’ll never understand.
It’s called a HummZinger and I got the 12 ounce high view model. I love that you can see your hummers no matter which side of the feeder they’re on. The best part of this feeder though is how easy it is to clean. My old feeders got all gunky and moldy. This feeder is literally just two pieces that come apart and make it totally easy to clean. You can even unscrew the hanger and put it in the dishwasher. The second best feature of this feeder is the little ant moat. Sounds silly, but you fill up the moat with a little water and no ant trouble! Ingenious. It truly is the best hummingbird feeder I’ve ever seen.
I like it so much that I’m giving these to both my Mom and my Mother in law for Mother’s day. I can literally sit outside with my coffee for five minutes in the morning and have two or three hummers come by for a visit. Love it!
Do you have a plant that works wonders for attracting hummingbirds?