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Planting a garden full of red flowers is best way to attract these beautiful jeweled birds.
Plant bee balm, butterfly weed, columbine, cardinal Flower, coral bells, cosmos, dahlias, four-o'-clock's, fuchsias, morning glory, petunias, zinnias, trumpet vine, or honeysuckle. A web search will reveal many more.
Be a hummingbird magnet by having as much red in your backyard as possible. Besides flowers use gazing balls, backyard furniture, ribbons, and other yard decorations. Create both sun and shade areas in your hummingbird garden. Offer an abundance of nesting materials to encourage nesting females. Hummingbirds prefer downy like materials, spider webs, ferns, moss and lichens for their nests. Make certain that there is always fresh water available for drinking as well as for bathing. Set up misters. Hummingbirds love to take "leaf baths," rubbing against wet leaves or just sitting on a branch having mist fall upon them.
Avoid pesticides. These chemicals kill insects that hummingbirds eat for protein and can also sicken or kill birds.
Add plenty of places for birds to perch. Hummingbirds spend around 80% of their time sitting on twigs, shrubs, and other available resting places.