Plants that attract birds to landscape

Whether you live in an urban area or in a rural setting, you can provide an essential habitat for resident migratory birds by planting and maintaining a variety of native plants. Some native plants that attract birds are:

American Beautyberry: Small pink blooms in summer are followed by clusters of brilliant fuchsia berries in the fall that are eaten by birds and small mammals in late November.

They grow in rich soil, in full sun, and get to a height between 48 to 60 inches and spread 36 to 48 inches. They attract birds such as northern mockingbird, American Robin, and Carolina Wren.

Blackberry:  Our native berries are great to have in the landscape. Low maintenance, pleasant flowers, and wild fruit to top our summer ice cream or bake in pies: They remind me of times growing up on the island as a child.

Black raspberry is a very ornamental plant with steely-gray stems and mid-green leaves that are almost white on the undersides. The blackberry leaves and stems are both a refreshing green. The flowers are held in clusters and are of typical Rose family shape and beauty. They attract birds such as White-throated Sparrow, northern mockingbird, American Robin, and Carolina Wren.

Black-eyed Susan: This plant is easy to grow and grows fast to give a bright show of color, but is rather short-lived. It will self-seed in open ground abundantly after blooming to give another display later in the year. Spent flower heads can be removed to encourage more flowers later in the season.

The flowers grow mid-spring through summer. Large golden yellow flowers with dark brown conical centers are the quintessential Black-eyed Susans of the native ‘stars’. Grows in almost any soil type except wet areas. Eastern Towhee, Indigo Bunting, American Goldfinch, Chipping Sparrow and Carolina Chickadee.

Coral Honey: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. Flowers are fragrant, average water needs; water regularly; do not overwater, requires consistently moist soil; do not let soil dry out between watering.

Coreopsis: There is a good amount of variety among Coreopsis species. They have bright yellow flowers on tall stems that bloom all summer. This native perennial is also Florida’s state wildflower. They are also known as tickseed and resemble daisies.

Native Azalea:  The native azalea species of the southeastern United States have been called “the most beautiful of our indigenous flowering shrubs.” They offer the possibility of an almost continuous sequence of bloom from late March until September.

In addition, native azaleas display a broad range of unusual flower colors and grow in a variety of heights and sizes.

Southern Magnolia: The southern magnolia is noted for its large handsome flowers that appear at intervals during the summer months.

The flowers stand out with their large showy cream white petals surrounding a splash of bright purple in the center and their pleasing fragrance.