Plants That Attract, Feed And Shelter Birds

Birds are great fun to watch. In fact, they are also great entertainment. You could almost think of them as wild pets. Birds are a key essential to the environment. They are working all the time and we really do not even know it! Pollinating flowers, spreading seeds and controlling the insect population are just some of their daily duties.

Birds can be a great helper in your garden

Attracting birds to your yard is not difficult. They need shelter in a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees. These trees and shrubs provide shelter and warmth for the entire year. The shelter trees should be placed in a “safe” area, away from man and predators. If this area cannot be achieved, then place a bird house in an area that is as close as possible to natural conditions.

A fresh supply of food and water is also essential to having birds in your garden. The water element should be available all year ‘round. If natural food sources are not available then consider a feeder. Many people only feed in the winter months. Consider feeding all year to encourage the birds to have a more permanent nest. They will feed from your feeder (especially in the breeding season) when their colors are most vibrant. Try to be consistent in your feeding regimen. It’s only fair to those birds that have come to rely on you.

Birdbaths are another essential part of attracting birds. Not only does this supply fresh water but it is a place for birds to bathe and keep their feathers clean. It also helps the feathers maintain their waterproofing and insulating properties. Since wet feathers make it a little more challenging to fly, locate the birdbath in a protected area where the birds can make a quick get-away if a predator comes along.

Important Note: Insecticides, fertilizers and other commonly-used chemicals

can be deadly to birds. Please be conscious of how you use these products

near bird feeding, watering or nesting areas.

Check out the Garden Shop for a full line of Bird Feeders, Bird Houses, Bird Baths and many kinds of Bird Foods for all your birding needs.


Ageratum houstonianum - Floss flower

Antirrhinum majus - Snapdragon

Begonia species - Begonia

Calendula officinalis - Calendula

Celosia species - Celosia

Cleome spinosa - Spider Flower

Hummingbird with a spider plant

Cosmos species - Cosmos

Fuchsia species - Fuchsia

Hebe species - Hebe

Helianthus annuus - Sunflower

Impatiens species - Impatiens

Lobelia cardinalis - Lobelia

Malcomia maritime - Stock

Mirabilis jalapa - Four O'Clocks

Nicotiana - Tobacco Plant

Penstemon spectabilis - Pensetmon

Petunia - Petunia

Portulaca - Purslane

Salvia splendens - Scarlet sage

Targetes - Marigold

Zinnia species - Zinnia


Alcea malvaceae - Hollyhock

Aquilegia - Columbine

Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly weed

Aster species - Aster

Centaurea cyanus - Bachelor's Button

Centranthus - Valerian

Consolida ambigua - Larkspur

Coreopsis species - Tickseed

Delphinium species - Delphinium

Digitalis purpurea - Foxglove

Echinacea - Coneflower

Bird with Cornflower

Erysimum cheiri - Wallflower

Gladiola species - Gladiola

Heuchera - Coralbell

Hesperis matronalis - Dame's rocket

Hibiscus syriaca - Rose of Sharon

Hosta species - Hosta

Iberis - Candytuft

Kniphofia uvaria - Red hot polker

Lavandula - Lavendar

Liatrus - Gay Feather

Lobelia cardinalis - Cardinal flower

Lunaria annua - Lunaria

Monarda - Bee Balm

Oenothera - Evening primrose

Oregano species - Oregano

Papaver - Poppy

Phlox species - Phlox

Primula - Primrose

Rosa - Rose

Rudbeckia hirta - Black eyed susan

Solidago - Goldenrod

Scabiosa species - Scabiosa

Thyme species - Thyme

Trees and Shrubs

Callicarpa americana - Beauty Berry

Cornus species - Dogwood

Prunus laurocerasus - Cherry Laurel

Ilex opaca - American Holly

Picea pungens - Colorado Blue Spruce

Hawk perched in a Colorado Blue Spruce

Pseudotsuga menziesii - Douglas Fir

Pyracantha coccinea - Firethorn

Quercus species - Oak

Sambucus Canandensis - Elderberry

Viburnum species - Viburnum


Ampelopsis cordata - Heartleaf ampelopsis

Campsis  radicans - Common trumpet creeper

Celastrus scandens - American bittersweet

Euonymus fortunei - Wintercreeper

Hedera helix - English ivy

Ipomoea - Morning Glory

Lonicera brownii - Honeysuckle

Parthenocissus quinguefolia - Virginia creeper

Roses species – Climbing

Smilax rotundifoli - Greenbrier

Vitis species - Grape


Andropogon gerardi - Big bluestem

Andropogon scoparius - Little bluestem

Bouteloua curtipendula - Sideoats grama Clover

Pennisetum alopecuroides - Chinese pennisetum

Pennisetum setaceum - Fountain grass Rye

Triticum species - Wheat

Vicea Americana – Vetch Ground Covers

Ajuga reptans - Bugleweed

Corus Canadensis - Bunchberry

Cotoneaster adpressa - Cotonaster

Juniperus horizontalis - Juniper

Mitchella reptens  - Partridgeberry

Fragaria chiloensis - Strawberry

Euonymus fortunei – Wintercreeper

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