Let Your Landscaping Feed the Birds this Winter!

Are you a bird lover?  If you are like me, the bird feeder is always empty, especially at this time of year. With proper planning in your landscaping, there are many plant material that will assist you with feeding your feathered friends this winter- without lifting a finger. Let's take a look a few for hardiness zones 7-8:

TREES WITH BERRIES (and other FRUIT that Birds Like):

Photo courtesy of Trine Harritz Larsen WWW.RGBstock .com

Photo courtesy of Trine Harritz Larsen WWW.RGBstock .com

  • ServiceberryAmelanchier canadensis
  • Kousa DogwoodCornus Kousa
  • Flowering DogwoodCornus florida
  • Crabapple- Malus species
  • FringetreeChionanthus virginicus
  • Eastern Red CedarJuniperus virginiana
  • American Holly- Ilex opaca
  • Southern Magnolia- Magnolia grandiflora
  • River Birch- Betula nigra

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SHRUBS WITH BERRIES (and other FRUIT that Birds Like):

Photo Courtesy of MartynE. Joneswww.RGB stock.com

Photo Courtesy of MartynE. Joneswww.RGB stock.com

Photo Courtesy of MartynE. Jones www.RGB stock.com

Photo Courtesy of MartynE. Jones www.RGB stock.com

  • Highbush BlueberryVaccinium corymbosum
  • BeautyberryCallicarpa americana
  • Red Twigged Dogwood- Cornus servicea
  • ChokeberryAronia species
  • WinterberryIlex verticillata
  • BunchberryConrnus canadensis
  • Viburnums- Some of the best varieties are
    • Cranberrybush ViburnumViburnum trilogum
    • Arrowood ViburnumViburnum dentatum
    • Nannyberry ViburnumViburnum lentago
  • Heavenly BambooNandina domestica
  • American ElderSambucus species
  • Inkberry HollyIlex glabra
  • Yaupon HollyIlex vomitoria
  • Wax MyrtleMyrica cerifera
  • PyracanthaPyracantha coccinea
  • Cotoneaster- Cotoneaster dammerii

The Audubon Society has an excellent publication for the Piedmont region- you can see it here:

http://nc.audubon.org/sites/default/files/documents/piedmont_plants_final.pdf

 Use a few of these specimens at your property and create your own, home-grown bird feeder!

About the Author:

Lori Hawkins, RLA, ASLA has been a registered landscape architect and active in the landscape design/build industry for over 30 years. Her service area includes Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill and the Raleigh NC Metro areas. For additional inspiring project pictures, design ideas, or great garden gifts, take a look at these websites:

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