Gardening goes hand in hand with our friendly backyard birds. No garden is complete without the songs and antics of local wild birds. There are numerous books to read on how to feed birds, or what to feed, birds, but why not just grow plants for birds. Grow your own bird feed, it’s much less expensive than store bought.
It’s fun to put up a bird feeder or two, and fill with compatible bird seed for the birds in your area. Your feeders can be as decorative or as practical as you like, you can buy them or make them yourself out of just about anything.
Another choice though, and a money saving choice at that, is to grow your own birdseed in your garden. There are many plants that you can easily grow which will attract many different bird species into your yard. Along with the birds you will have the added bonus of also attracting butterflies and pollinators.
Great Plants to grow for Feeding the Birds:
Often grown as an annual or short lived perennial agastache sports lovely spears of blue-purple tubular flowers. Flowers are long lasting and the seeds will make great bird food as well as the plants will self seed for a supply next year.
This is an annual grass great for the hot, sunny border or even in large containers. Millet is very attractive with long narrow green or purple leaves. In late summer the seed heads that are produced are a real favourite of wild birds.
Of course, who doesn’t like sunflowers. Such an easy plant to grow, looks great out in the veggie patch or along a fence and the birds adore it.
Cosmos is available in a multitude of colours and performs well in borders and cutting gardens. With feathery foliage and pinwheel flowers, cosmos grows in a variety of conditions and is also drought tolerant. Seed production is huge.
Commonly known as Blazing Star, these plants are a favourite of hummingbirds, tufted titmice, goldfinches and butterflies. A hardy perennial with spikes carrying clusters of tubular, pinkish-purple or white flowers.
Purple Coneflower, is a perennial suited for the mixed flower border. Daisy like flowers in shades of purple, red, pink and white. Great strong stems and seed heads for winter gardens. Many new cultivars have lately hit the market, however for bird seed I like to stick with the basics.
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