How to Attract Hummingbirds
Most of us love spending time outdoors. With all the video games and computer stuff, it’s refreshing to just step outside and get a whiff of fresh air. Families often spend time on weekends going to the lake for fishing or boating activities and these are wholesome ways to spend quality time with family and friends. But staying home has its perks too. There’s nothing better than hamburgers and hot dogs grilled over an open flame right out your back door.
The more time you spend outside in your own back yard, the more you may realize how many fun things you can do to make your back yard truly an oasis. It’s really more than an inexpensive way to get together with your friends and family and have a great time. It’s an exceptional way to make valuable improvements to your property. Whether you want to build a beautiful outdoor kitchen or just install an irrigation system so you don’t have to water the grass anymore, you usually get most of your investment back when you sell.
One thing that creates curb appeal and makes a house truly a home is planting flowers. There are a number of varieties which provide beauty but also fragrance. In the state of Utah, it’s important to choose hardy varieties that can withstand the unique climate. There are still many aromatic choices though and that’s the first thing to know about attracting hummingbirds: you must plant fragrant flowers.
So what are some varieties that would do well in your Salt Lake City yard?
Morning glory is one species that’s very hardy but also fragrant and beautiful. They come in many shades of blue, purple and pink. They love to climb so this would be an excellent choice for a trellis or fence. Morning Glory is known by several different names throughout the world: water spinach and swamp cabbage are two. This is a very popular green vegetable in the East and in Asian cuisines and parts of the plant are edible. Hummingbirds are very drawn to this flower because of its sweet fragrance and the shape of its flowers.
This is another very aromatic flower that produces beautifully colorful flowers. They bloom in the afternoons, hence the name. Four O’Clocks also produce trumpet shaped flowers like the Morning Glory and this seems to be one thing that Hummingbirds love.
You most often see Honeysuckle growing wild in the country along an old broken down wooden fence. You normally see yellow or gold varieties but they also come in pinks and purples. This is a very hardy plant. Once you get it started, it will flourish regardless of weather or soil conditions. You could build your very own wood fence around one area of your backyard and place a lovely fountain nearby.
Whether you decide to do it yourself or not, you’ll want to look around at the available plants for your area. Landscape Supply of Utah offers hundreds of flowers of every description. The helpful staff can answer all your questions about the type of care various plants, trees and shrubs might require.
You can get so many creative ideas by walking through the Garden Supply Center at Landscape Supply of Utah. There you’ll find fountains, landscaping rocks Utah, pavers and boulders. Use these to create a lovely waterfall where birds can come and bathe each day. All it takes is a little imagination to give your yard the look of a professionally landscaped place.
Landscape Supply of Utah gives you all the elements you’ll need for any type of project, large or small. Whether you need Utah Topsoil, shrubs, trees, ground cover, gravel, or flagstone, you’ll find a great selection at LSU.
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