A bird-friendly landscape should fulfill all of a bird’s basic needs, including food, shelter, water and nesting. Native plants are favored because birds recognize them for insect and seed food sources, and rely on them for protection and cover that matches their nesting habits.
It’s not necessary to have a huge dedicated area — even a few of the right plants can be beneficial and will attract visitors. And remember, in order to support fall migrants and winter birds, leave the seedheads intact and let your natives stand through the winter.
While one could argue that any native plant could be listed as bird-attracting, here are some of our favorite bird-friendly plants and a few of their uses in attracting birds to your yard. Prairie Nursery also offers pre-designed songbird and hummingbird gardens.
|Jacob’s Ladder||Insect source||Stiff Goldenrod||Insect source|
|Sweet Joe Pye Weed||Insect source||Cupplant||Water, nectar, insects, seeds|
|Zigzag Goldenrod||Insect source||Pale Purple Coneflower||Seed, insect source|
|Wild Blue Phlox||Nectar source||Downy Sunflower||Seed, insect source|
|Anise Scented Goldenrod||Insect source||Showy Goldenrod||Seed, insect source|
|Solomon’s Seal||Berry, nectar source||Little Bluestem||Nest site and material, seeds|
|Wild Geranium||Nectar, insect source||Ironweed||Insect, seed source|
|Woodland Sunflower||Seed, insect source||Fireweed||Nectar source|
|Heart Leaved Aster||Seed, nesting, cover, insects||Butterflyweed||Insect source|
|Wild Columbine||Nectar source||Meadow Blazingstar||Nectar, insects, seed source|