Attracting Birds

Smaller Plants to Attract Birds – a Few Favorites

February 27, 2009 11 comments

We’ve covered my favorite trees and larger shrubs to attract birds; now I want to talk about some of the smaller plants to bring the birds and hummingbirds flying to your garden. These are just a few of my favorites to use as a starting point – there are so many gorgeous small shrubs, perennials, […]

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Shrubs to Attract Birds – Planting for Year-Round Berries and Habitats

February 22, 2009 11 comments

Now that we’ve talked about trees to attract birds, and how to attract birds using feeders and birdbaths, I want to get on to some of my very favorite shrubs. From the rich purple berries of Callicarpa to the hanging clusters on Leycesteria, I’ve chosen my top five shrubs to plant for the birds: Berberis […]

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Trees to Attract Birds: New Stars and Old Favorites

February 18, 2009 4 comments

We talked earlier this week about how to attract birds using feeders and water. Since we’re all plant geeks here, I’m dying to share some of my favorite trees for the Pacific Northwest to attract birds. Do remember that any tree that has fruit or berries is going to be messy, so you should place […]

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The Winter-Interest Secret Most Gardeners Forget: or How to Attract Birds

February 13, 2009 12 comments

Winter interest is the Holy Grail for us gardeners, and we spend an inordinate amount of time planning out which cool foliage plant or winter bloomer we’ll tuck in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for that year-round interest too – but there is another source of excitement during the darker months – birds! […]

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