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Everything Salvias: Hummingbirds in the Garden
As hummingbirds whir from flower to flower, they are a source of delight to the gardener's eye and ear. However, their role in the garden is far greater than putting on a show of aerobatic daring. Hummingbirds help insure plant fertility through their accidental work as pollinators each time they take a drink of nectar from tubular flowers, such as those of Salvias. In our blog, you'll find reports about:


  • How to plant wildlife habitat to attract hummingbirds
  • How to be a citizen scientist and help track hummingbird migration
  • Causes of migration problems
  • Proper care of hummingbird feeders
  • What kinds of Salvias are hummingbird favorites and
  • Hummingbird research.

If you are a hummingbird gardener and would like to suggest a topic for us to cover in our Everything Salvias blog, please write or call.

Hummingbird Falls Sage: Answers to Your Questions

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Hummingbirds are vital pollinators that need lots of rich nectar to survive and keep gardens blooming. Salvia BODACIOUS 'Hummingbird Falls' is a unique hanging basket plant that is a natural replacement for plastic nectar feeders.

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Guide to Fuchsia Cultivation & History

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Like tiny dancers dressed in fancy skirts, Fuchsia flowers dangle from upright shrubs in long blooming hedges and from trailing branches in hanging baskets. Fuchsias are hummingbird favorites that come in many rosy colors. Read about them in the FBTS Guide to Fuchsia Cultivation & History.

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Red Birds in a Tree: How a Rare Wildflower Became a Hummingbird Garden Star

Posted: Sunday, April 11, 2021

Red Birds in a Tree, known botanically as Scrophularia macrantha, is a rare, cold-hardy, Wild West perennial with cheery red flowers hummingbirds love. Southwest New Mexico botanist O.B. Metcalfe collected it in 1904.

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6 Indispensable Hummingbird Flowers for Long, Easy Bloom

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020

Hummingbirds are like tiny combat jets dive bombing each other when staking claim to the nectar-rich flowers they need for survival. Fights over nectar habitat can reduce hummingbird gardens to single occupancy. FBTS Farm and Online Nursery details and tells stories about its top six hummingbird flowers. Plant lots of them to accommodate a village of hungry hummers.


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How David Verity Cuphea Became a Famous Hummingbird Flower

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019

When massed in borders or standing out as a main attraction in a container planting, Cuphea x ‘David Verity’ is a visual feast for people as well as an actual feast for small wildlife. Rich in nectar, the plant’s dainty, cigar-shaped, orange-red flowers nestle amid a cloud of mid-green leaves shaped like tiny garden trowels.

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Ten Favorite Flowers for Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013

Flowers that butterflies and hummingbirds favor are rich sources of nectar. But not all nectar-rich butterfly favorites are easy to access with long hummingbird beaks. Conversely, many flowers designed by nature to attract hummingbirds don't have the structure necessary for feeding butterflies or providing a perch. Here are ten Salvias and companion plants for backyard wildlife habitat that both butterflies and hummingbirds will enjoy.


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Hummingbirds in the Garden: Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013

Planting a hummingbird garden filled with nectar-rich, long-blooming Salvias aids preservation of hummingbird species that migrate each year throughout North America. It also gives you a front-row seat to a fascinating aerobatics show. Backyard islands of colorful sages are like gas stations for hummingbirds' long-distance journeys. Salvias can keep your garden whirring with the helicopter-like flight of hummingbirds from spring through autumn and -- in warm climates -- into winter.

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Seeing Red and Loving It: Hummingbirds and Salvia microphylla

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

As with so many aspects of life, the hummingbird-Salvia relationship is circular. It is difficult to have one without the other. Unfortunately, many species of hummingbirds are threatened or endangered. By planting Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) you invite hummingbirds into your garden, expand their habitat and ensure pollination for abundant blossoming.

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