Suggestions -- nesting plants and combinations?
I am planning to start putting in plants to attract hummingbirds this week.
There are plenty of sources of information out there on what plants to use, but I have a couple of questions.
1) What sorts of plants should I consider putting in for nesting? The area in question has some mature deciduous trees (elms and maple), rose of Sharon and lilac already, and I will probably put in red twig dogwood, smoke bush and Nishiki willow in the vicinity. But there are probably also preferred nesting plants that I don't know about...?
2) Most of the plants I have been looking at thus far are late bloomers. Do people have favorite combinations of flowers (including vines) that look good together and provide nectar throughout the summer?
3) I've been reading that it is better to plant groups of a flower than to have a few of many varieties. Should flowers of the same species be clumped together, or is it just as good to mix a number of each species throughout a garden area?