The patio’s annual container garden features eight salvia, several ‘other’ species of flowers and three feeders filled with homemade sugar water.
Each container is numbered, placed in the same location each season and observations are recorded in a spreadsheet.
The species-specific salvia (shown below) is the annual Rockin’ Blue Suede Shoes, by Proven Winners.
The ‘other’ flowers consist of a variety of colorful verbena, lantana, celosia, zinnia and a mandevilla.
The feeder’s homemade sugar water consists of 4 parts water to 1 part sugar.
The ruby-throated hummingbirds are attracted to almost anything with nectar but some definitely do better than others. Color does not appear to have as much influence as size and shape does.