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jbarron 
Posted: 03-Sep-2008, 03:09 PM
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I'd like to put in a small hummingbird/butterfly garden. Anyone have any suggestions as to what kinds of flowers or bushes I should buy? The plants would have to be pretty hardy to survive the weather here in Denver.
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Posted: 23-Sep-2008, 09:21 AM
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Hello Jbarron,

Here in Tucson some of the plants we use to attract hummers are:

Red Beebalm, nice red flowery plant, great for attractin Humming birds
Trumpet vine, a little expensive but a beautiful plant
A few foxgloves, however they don't survive the heat that well.

Hope some of these suggestions help.


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Posted: 23-Sep-2008, 11:42 AM
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I am so sorry I took so long to answer this but I wanted to make sure I had the correct name for you.

Here in the south we have a plant known as the shrimp plant. It is a justicia brandegeeana. The hummingbirds love this one. Maybe if you planted this in a container that you could move into the house for the winter this might work for you.

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Hummingbirds like my Morning Glory's, Columbine, and Zinnias. I love seeing hummingbirds and butterflys. The butterflys really like my large zinnias.

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I have a garden of plants to attract Humming birds. It worked until we were hit with an Avian virus. The Finches, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Crows"Cow Birds" Humming Birds, Doves and a few more died. I believe I made it worse by feeding them so they would congregate and spread it. What ever it was spread to horses by mosquitos and we lost 40 or 50 horses till they came up with a vaccine.

Sparrows and Starlings thrived!!

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QUOTE (Patch @ 23-Sep-2008, 01:50 PM)
I have a garden of plants to attract Humming birds. It worked until we were hit with an Avian virus. The Finches, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Crows"Cow Birds" Humming Birds, Doves and a few more died. I believe I made it worse by feeding them so they would congregate and spread it. What ever it was spread to horses by mosquitos and we lost 40 or 50 horses till they came up with a vaccine.

Sparrows and Starlings thrived!!

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"The Keating Five included McCain and a Bush"        

Uh-oh - that sounds a lot like West Nile. We had a few cases here the past few summers but no serious outbreaks. I have to vaccinate my horses every year for the virus as a precaution.

Thanks for the information!

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Posted: 25-Sep-2008, 12:16 PM
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Thank you everybody for the flower suggestions! I'll check around the nurseries here and see what I can find.
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