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Shade Combinations for Attracting Hummingbirds

Don’t let shade stop you from attracting hummingbirds to your garden.  Include a few hummingbird favorites in the garden or container plantings. 

Fuchsia is a favorite of shade gardeners and hummingbirds.  Try using one of the upright types like Thalia, Gartenmeister or Firecracker with its variegated leaves.  Add a fern for texture and wire vine as a groundcover in the garden or spiller in the container.

Consider adding a few or quite a few Dragon wing begonias to the garden.  The large plants put on a show all summer long with the red and pink flowers.  They combine nicely with impatiens, another hummingbird favorite. And surround this combination with a groundcover or trailer of Silver Falls Dichondra. 

Include a backdrop of summer long bloom you and the hummingbirds will enjoy. Train a honeysuckle vine onto a fence or decorative trellis for screening and hummingbird appeal.  Try the mildew resistant Major Wheeler.

A bit more information:  For more ideas on attracting birds and butterflies to your garden visit www.birdsandblooms.com . See projects and ideas on attracting wildlife to the garden and you’ll find my answers to common garden questions. Also, be sure to look for my article “Make Room for Hummingbirds and Butterflies” in the June/July 2013 issue of Birds & Blooms magazine.

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