I want to plant flowers to attract birds. Anyone here knows what are the seed bearing plants for our winged friends? I already planted Cosmos, daisies, and dandelions. Thanks for the help!
Sunflowers - they don't have to be 10ft tall - you can get small ones tooI have a couple of cultivated teasels and the birds pick seeds out of them
Verbena bonariensis - they are lovely, self seeding annuals that grow fast and give masses of tiny purple flowers atop long stalks, late summer and autumn.
The goldfinches come and peck the seeds out of mine.
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Teasels and verbena bonariensis - you'll have chattering goldfinch in your garden all year round!
If you add a privet or hawthorn hedge you'll also get sparrows
Consider grasses too.. my birds love the millet that grows up under my bird feeder.
Goldfinches love dandelions too - good for early seed! My ducks like the seeds of Alchemilla mollis and I expect they are picked up by chaffinches and other ground feeders too.
Berries as well - Cotoneaster horizontalis, elderberry, black and red currants, all popular with blackbirds and probably other autumn migrants, rosehips, especially Rosa rugosa (greenfinches) and others like cherries, cherry plum, amelanchier and ivy. They don't much like holly or some other cotoneasters though, at least in my garden.
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My birds seem to love to eat berberis. My shrubs are filled with sparrows. Some plants for birds and here.
Good hedges and trees are great cover for birds to feel safe.
Thank you for the help everyone! Would love to see my garden with the goldfinch and sparrows
buttercup, I can guarantee that I won't have a single holly berry by Christmas. Something eats them - every last one!
Pyracantha shrub/rowan trees - great flowers for the bees followed by autumn/winter berries for the birdies.
Please don't forget Sunflowers