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Birding

feeding

Attracting birds to our backyard is a hobby that lifts our spirits.

We carry a wide range of feeders, birdhouses, birdbaths and birdseed. Whether it’s songbirds or hummingbirds you wish to attract we’ll set you up with all you need to get started.


Trees that Provide Plentiful Fruit and Seeds for Birds

  • Fir (Abies spp. and cvs.)
  • Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp. and cvs.)
  • Birch (Betula spp. and cvs.)
  • Hackberry (Celtis spp. and cvs.)
  • Dogwood (Cornus spp. and cvs.)
  • Hawthorn (Crataegus spp. and cvs.)
  • Beech (Fagus spp. and cvs.)
  • Larch (Larix spp. and cvs.)
  • Spruce (Picea spp. and cvs.)
  • Pine (Pinus spp. and cvs.)
  • Oak (Quercus spp. and cvs.)

Shrubs and Woody Climbers that Provide Plentiful Fruit and Seeds for Birds

  • Holly (Illex spp. and cvs.)
  • Juniper (Juniperus spp. and cvs.)
  • Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinequefolia)
  • Sumac (Rhus spp. and cvs.)
  • Rose (Rosa spp. and cvs.)
  • Elder (Sambucus spp. and cvs.)
  • Buffaloberry (Shepherdia spp. and cvs.)
  • Snowberry (Symphoricarpos spp. and cvs.)
  • Blueberry (Vaccinium spp. and cvs.)
  • Viburnum (Viburnum spp. and cvs.)

More Options

After blooming, leave the seedbeds of these flowers in place to provide food for birds; avoid sterile cultivars that don’t produce seed.

  • Amaranth (Amaranthus spp. and cvs.)
  • Pot marigold (Calendula spp. and cvs.)
  • Bellflower (Campanula spp. and cvs.)
  • Thistle (Crisium spp. and cvs.)
  • Casmos (Casmos spp. and cvs.)
  • Delphinium (Delphinium spp. and cvs.)
  • Blanket flower (Gaillardia spa. and cvs.)
  • Forget-m-not (Myosotis spa. and cvs.)
  • Phlox (Phlox spp. and cvs.)
  • Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia spp. and cvs.)
  • Goldenrod (Solidago spp. and cvs.)
  • Marigold (Tagetes spp. and cvs.)
  • Zinnia (Zinnia spp. and cvs.)

Meals for All Seasons

Spring

  • Columbine (Aquilegia spp. and cvs.)
  • Azalea
  • Blue delphiniums
  • Floxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
  • Trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
  • Red penstemons

Summer

  • Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)
  • Fuchsia
  • Red and pink flowering heucheras
  • Impatiens
  • Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos)
  • Bee balm (Monarda didyma)
  • Tobacco plant (Nicotiana spa. and cvs.)
  • Petunia
  • Salvia
  • Also: Flowers on scarlet runner beans

Late Summer and Fall

  • Crocosmia
  • Gladiolus
  • Daylilies (Hemerocallis spp. and cvs.)
  • Red hot pokers (Kniphofia hybrids)
  • Gayfeather (Liatris spicata)
  • Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
  • Border phlox (Phlox paniculata)
  • Autumn sage (Salvia greggi)
  • Zinnias

Plants & Flowers that Will Attract Birds

Planting a few flowers around your yard will attract hummingbirds and butterflies this summer. Longer-term, planting fruit trees for food and evergreens for shelter will make your yard more attractive to the birds for years into the future.

Here are some plants that will attract birds:

Flowers
Aster
Bachelor BUtton
Black-eyed Susan
California Poppy
Chrysanthemum
Columbine
Marigold
Purple Coneflower
Sunflowers
  Small Trees
Bayberry
Cedar (Juniper)
Cherry
Crab Apple
Dogwood
Eastern Hemlock
Hawthorn
Plumb
Japanese Maple
Serviceberry
Sumac
  Shrubs & Vines
Blackberry
Boxwood
Elderberry
English Ivy
Grape
Holly
Honeysuckle
Juniper
Myrtle
Raspberry
Spicebush
Viburnum
Virginia Creeper
Witchhazel
Yew

Don’t forget to provide safe places for the birds to hide. Dense trees around the perimeter of your yard will attract birds. Make a diagram of your yard and plan how it will look in five ears, ten years and beyond. A pile of brush in a corner of the yard will give smaller birds a place to hide from Hawks.