Winter is the time of year when people think most about feeding the birds. Rather than just hanging up a bird feeder and providing sunflower seeds and cracked corn, why not do something that will feed the birds year round? With just a little bit of effort you can plant a native plant garden that will provide seeds and fruit to feed your feathered friends year round. Because these are all naive plants, they will also attract a wide variety of insects to your garden which provide further food for the birds. As an added benefit, once you have planted these trees, shrubs, and wildflowers you can enjoy their beauty year round too.
What should you plant in your garden for the birds?
Trees and shrubs that provide berries and other fruit:
|Red Osier Dogwood|
Trees that provide nuts and seeds:
|Swamp White Oak|
|Common (Canada) Goldenrod|
|New England Aster|
|Spotted Joe-pye Weed|