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winter bloomers FOR hummingbirds


In the Pacific Northwest, Hummingbirds are present year round. It is a joy and a blessing to see our beautiful friends flit about the garden, drinking the nectar of our favorite plants. To see such a fascinating bird during this time does bring the question, how can your garden be more accommodating towards Hummingbirds?


Here are some flowering plants that would be perfect for hummingbirds and for yourself this season.

 

Sarcococca


These Evergreen bloomers like shade to partial shade. Very easy to care for, and hummingbirds love their fragrant flowers. They prefer moisture, but not too wet. This is a unique specimen that is a great addition to the garden. There are two types of Sarcococca; one is a ground cover variety, and the other is a bush that can grow 5 feet tall.


Key Takeaways: Evergreen fragrant bloomers that do well in the shade.




Witch Hazel

A large, deciduous shrub, Witch hazel preforms best in full sun, with nectar filled flowers that are delectable to hummingbirds. They like moist soil, but are adaptable, prunable, and self-sufficient after regular watering in their first season. As Bellingham has a prominent deer population, place nets around the bases of your younger shrubs to keep deer from snacking. An explosion of star-like flowers dance across the garden, making the darker winter days a bit brighter.



Key Takeaways: Deciduous shrub that is self-sufficient with beautiful star-shaped flowers.





Camellia


The pollen on the Camellia flower stamens are a protein rich food bank for our over wintering Anna Hummingbirds. With pops of pinks, reds, whites, and a center of bright yellow, Camellia flowers are a bold contrast from their lush dark green leaves. They thrive in partial shade, with well draining soil and plenty of compost. Make sure to plant your Camellia in a location that is protected from high winds. Evergreen and medium growing, they can grow up to 12 feet.


Key Takeaways: Pollen-rich Evergreen shrub with bright flowers.



Mahonia

The Mahonia is a notorious attraction blooming all winter long, the epitome of Hummingbird desire. This specific Mahonia species, M. Aquifolium has serrated leaves reminiscent of holly and are deer deterrents. They like partial shade and moist soil, and can be drought tolerant once established. Mahonia is one of the few shade plants that can provide full interest for all four seasons. With winter and spring flowers, summer berry clusters, fall color, and green winter foliage, their yellow explosion of flowers make for a beautiful focal point for your garden.


Key Takeaways: Deer Deterrent and Beautiful Hummingbird Attractant Year-round.




Viburnum Pink Dawn

Pink Dawn Viburnums produce clusters of small red buds that develop into intensely fragrant bright pink flowers from mid-winter to early spr