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13 plants that will attract birds to your garden this season

Vaseline 3 months ago

Of all the wildlife that visits our gardens, birds are among the most beloved – and for good reason. Not only are they beautiful to look at and listen to, but backyard birds also play a vital role in sustaining ecosystems around the world. Because most of their diet consists of insects and other pests, birds help keep pest populations down. They also play a role in pollination by spreading seeds and pollen throughout their territory.

Attracting birds to your garden can make it a vibrant and joyful haven, and this can be made easy if you add the right plants. From flowers to trees to shrubs, there are some plants that birds in the South are more sensitive to. Keep reading for a comprehensive list of plants that will attract birds to your garden this season.

Flowers that attract birds

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Purple coneflower

This popular perennial is easy to grow and is known for its beautiful purple hue and drooping petals. They get their name from their cone-shaped center. A wide variety of birds enjoy the seeds of spent flowers.

Pull on: Cardinals, finches, tits, jays

Black-eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susans are an early summer bloomer and will attract a variety of insects favored by insect-eating birds. The classic yellow and black flowers have seed heads containing small dark seeds that attract a variety of bird species.

Pull on: Nuthatches, cardinals, finches, tits, cardinals

Common milkweed

Although common milkweed is known for attracting the endangered monarch butterflies, they also attract a wide variety of insects that birds feed on. The graceful purple flowers are a welcome sight in any garden and provide beautiful biodiversity wherever they live.

Pull on: Finches, sparrows, juncos

Tick ​​seed

Coreopsis, also known as tickseed, owes its fame to its beautiful bright shades of yellow and red that make any garden shine. These flowers are long lasting and tolerate many soil types.

Pull on: Finches, cardinals, buntings, cardinals

Sunflower

So iconic: sunflowers are an absolute favorite among both people and birds. The seeds of the sunflower heads have a high nutritional value that keeps birds healthy and strong all season long. Easy to grow and beautiful to look at, sunflowers are a fantastic option for your garden.

Pull on: Cardinals, Hummingbirds, Orioles, Finches, Chickadees, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Grosbeaks, Woodpeckers

Asters

Few flowers are as cheerful as the aster. These beautiful purple flowers are members of the daisy family and produce nutritious seeds that are vital for a variety of birds.

Pull on: Finches, Sparrows, Cardinals, Towhees

Zinnias

Zinnias are the perfect plant if you want to add color to your garden. These durable annuals are loved by birds and insects for their bright blooms and nutritious seeds.

Pull on: Hummingbirds, finches, tits

Trumpet Honeysuckle

Don’t be alarmed by the word ‘honeysuckle’; these aren’t the invasive species you might be thinking of. Trumpet honeysuckle is a vine with bright red flowers that are loved for their nectar and berries. Trumpet honeysuckle begins blooming in mid-spring and can be used as a ground cover or climbing vine.

Pull on: Hummingbirds, Robins, Finches, Orioles, Thrashers, Catbirds

Trees that attract birds

American Robin in Juneberry tree.

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Red Mulberry

Red mulberries are abundant trees that produce blackberry-like fruits that are wonderful in bird diets. The leaves also attract insects that some wild birds eat, including silkworms.

Pull on: Cardinals, Mockingbirds, Thrashers, Jays, Robins, Chickadees, Bluebirds, Woodpeckers, Vireos

Juneberry

The Juneberry tree, also known as blueberry, blooms with beautiful snow-white flowers that attract insects that attract birds. In summer the tree produces purple and red berries that are rich in nutrients and attractive to a wide variety of birds.

Pull on: Hummingbirds, Orioles, Grosbeaks, Bluebirds, Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Grosbeaks

Flowering dogwood

This smaller tree, cherished for its beautiful pink or white flowers in the spring, is often found in hardwoods and other species. Birds are attracted to dogwoods for their bright red fruits and will feed on any insects attracted to the flowers.

Pull on: Robins, Thrashers, Waxwings, Mockingbirds, Cardinals, Tanagers, Woodpeckers

Shrubs that attract birds

Maple leaf viburnum.

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Maple Leaf Viburnum

Mapleleaf viburnum is one of the most versatile yet tolerant plants you can have in your garden. These beautiful shrubs produce a multitude of colors throughout the season and grow well among other plants. You’ll see dainty white flowers in the spring and blue-black berries in the fall, which attract local birds and insects. You may even see birds taking shelter and building nests in their branches.

Pull on: Robins, Waxwings, Tanagers, Thrushes, Sparrows

Black elderberry

The berries of the American black elderberry can be considered a favorite among many backyard birds, as well as humans. The flowers of this species are used to make wine and the fruits are used to make pies and various jams and preserves, so you and your birds can reap the benefits of this versatile shrub.

Pull on: Robins, Thrashers, Towhees, Catbirds, Mockingbirds, Orioles, Vireos, Tanagers, Warblers