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Planting for the Birds

June 23, 2011, 16:00 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Even before the recession, I’ve always been about getting the biggest bang for my buck and that includes choices for my garden. This means I plant a lot of seeds and perennials. Perennials are the workhorses of the garden–they’re in for the long haul–year after year. Like me, they hibernate and tough it out during the frigid winter months and then slowly start to emerge as the days get longer and warmer. Then these stoic performers come into their own, blooming profusely–whether for a few  weeks, or a couple of months. Heck, amortized over the years, they’re practically free.

Photo by Mat425

Happily, many of my steadfast choices do double-duty. Besides attractive blooms year after year, some varieties attract gobs of birds and butterflies. I like the chaotic English cottage garden look so my flower choices tend to include a lot of what used to be considered wildflowers when I was growing up. These flowers bring back carefree memories that make me happy. Here are some of my favorite tried-and-true bird-attracting, flowering plants. I’ve noted the ones that I’ve had success growing from seed:

Black-eyed Susan

Bee Balm (I planted these specifically for  hummingbirds) (photo from White Flower Farm)

Coreopsis

Cosmos (seed)

Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) (photo from White Flower Farm)

Four O’ Clock (seed)

Foxglove (seed)

Lucifer’s Tongue (also for the hummingbirds) (photo by Lorenaluvsu21)

Rudbeckia (photo by White Flower Farm)

Salvia

Sunflower (seed)

Zinnias (Great flowers with many varieties and so easy to grow. I always buy more seed packets than I have room for) (photo by White Flower Farm)

And here are a few shrubs and trees I have that birds go ga-ga over:

Beautyberry (photo by White Flower Farm)

Dogwood

Japanese Maple

Virburnum (photo by Golden Hill Plants)

Plants that I’ve been meaning to try:

California Poppy

Cornflower/Bachelor’s Button (photo from Wiki)

 
 
 
 

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    Casey says:

    I’ve heard that planting native plants is better for attracting wildlife- including native bugs, which are equally good at attracting birds as seeds are.  Do you plant a lot of things native to your area?

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