Bringing Your Tropicals Indoors For The Winter

Bring Birds to your Backyard

It’s amazing how many birds you can attract to your garden if you invite them with the right plants and shelter.  When you have birds, you not only have the enjoyment of watching and hearing them but you also have less insect pests in the garden!

Bring Birds with Berries

Be sure to bring birds to the backyard by planting as many of these berry-producing shrubs as possible:

Barberry (Berberis)
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos)
Beautiberry (Callicarpa)
Chokeberry (Aronica)
Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster)
Firethorn (Pyracantha)
Holly (Ilex)
Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia)
Privet (Ligustrum)
Rose (Rosa)
Crabapple (Malus)
Viburnum (Viburnum)

 

 

Seduce Them with Seeds

Birds love seeds, seduce them by filling your garden with their favorites:

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
Columbine (Aquilegia)
Foxglove (Digitalis)
Globe Thistle (Echinops)
Goldenrod (Solidago)
Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa)
Tickseed (Coreopsis)

Finding a Spot for Your Feeders

To attract as many different types of birds as possible, use different feeders and scatter them throughout your garden.  Be sure to place them in a protected area away from strong winds.  Most birds will prefer a sunny location.  Birds have many predators…including your cat. Place your feeder within 5 to 10 feet of protective cover so birds can seek shelter if needed. Don’t forget to add a birdbath for drinking and bathing.