GEORGIA Gardens feeders once a week using hot tap water or a weak vinegarand-water solution. Create a syrup by boiling 4 cups of water and stirring in 1 cup of cane sugar until fully dissolved. Do not use red dye or mixes that contain dye; these can harm the birds. Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, so use a red feeder instead to draw them in, but avoid feeders with yellow parts, which can attract bees and wasps. Once you've filled your feeder, any remaining syrup can be refrigerated for up to one week. If that sounds like too much maintenance, hummingbirds will be perfectly happy-or possibly prefer-to visit colorful flowers in your garden. ISTOCK.COM / JEFF439 Milkweed and butterfly weed attract hummingbirds and monarch butterflies. Avoid using pesticides, which harm these beneficial species. 28 Georgia Magazine August 2020 BRETT HORVATH ISTOCK.COM / KAREL BOCK Hummingbirds are typically drawn to red flowers, but they also love the dark-blue flowers of 'Blue and Black' sage (Salvia guarantica). This combination of pineapple sage and canna flowers offers the colors and nectar that hummingbirds prefer.