by High Country Gardens

Waxwing bird on a shrub
A cedar waxwing on Prunus.

A Guest Post From Audubon Rockies/Habitat Hero Program

Gardens are outdoor sanctuaries for birds, insects and other wildlife. Every spring, migrating birds visit our yards looking for nourishment from our gardens and places to raise their chicks. By adding native plants to one’s yard, balcony, container garden, rooftop or public space, anyone, anywhere can attract birds AND give them the nourishment they need for the long journey ahead.

Most landscaping plants available in nurseries are exotic species from other countries. Not only are they generally poor food sources for our local wildlife but they often require more chemicals and water, increasing maintenance time, costs and environmental hazards. Some can even become invasive.

And How About All This Weird Winter And Spring Weather?

“Birds and native plants are made for each other thanks to millions of years of evolution,” said Dr. John Rowden, director of community conservation for the National Audubon Society. “As plants grow and bloom earlier because of warming temperatures, there is a growing mismatch between bloom times and the arrival of birds that depend on them. Habitat provided by native plants can help climate-threatened birds adapt and survive.”

Help keep our common birds common by planting native plants.

Bird visits a berry tree
Ribes aureum, commonly known as black current, is beloved by both gardeners and birds alike for their large edible berries.

Audubon Rockies Has Created Fun Ways You Can Help Birds In WY, CO and Beyond

Birds, bees, and butterflies cannot survive in sterile communities. Audubon Rockies’ Habitat Hero Program works with partners and community members to make a difference by stitching our fractured landscape back together. Join us in creating gardens and backyards that provide homes and, food sources, for a wide range of wildlife.

Habitat Hero Pre-Planned Garden Illustration
Our Habitat Hero Pre-Planned Birdwatcher garden is part of a collaboration between High Country Gardens, Habitat Hero (a project of Audubon Rockies) and Plant Select®. A portion of the proceeds of the already-designed Birdwatcher garden will go to the Habitat Hero project.

How Can You Be Involved?

  1. SunSparkler® Wildfire Stonecrop, Sedum 'Wildfire'

    Sedum rupestre ‚SunSparkler® Wildfire‚ PP#28621 (Stonecrop) blazes with ruby red petals edged in hot pink. Late summer brings clusters of long-blooming pink flowers. It&...

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    SunSparkler® Wildfire Sedum SunSparkler® Wildfire Sedum Sedum 'Wildfire' PP#28,621
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Sedum rupestre 'SunSparkler® Wildfire' PP#28621 (Stonecrop) blazes with ruby red petals edged in hot pink. Late summer brings clusters of long-blooming pink flowers. It’s an attention-worthy groundcover that will naturalize to fill a sunny, dry area. In fact, the more sun, the brighter the color. A perfect easy-to-grow addition to a rock garden, container, or any sunny spot that needs a water-thrifty color boost. Deer and rabbit resistant.
  2. Yellow Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum Kanah Creek, Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum, Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat

    Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum ‚Kannah Creek‚ (Buckwheat) hails from western Colorado. With a showy display of yellow flowers in late spring, the flowers age to shades of...

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    Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum 'Kannah Creek'
    As low as $13.99 Sale $10.12
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum 'Kannah Creek' (Buckwheat) hails from western Colorado. With a showy display of yellow flowers in late spring, the flowers age to shades of orange and rust by late summer, providing months of low care color. A 2007 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  3. White Chamaebatiaria millefolium, Chamaebatiaria millefolium, Fernbush

    Chamaebatiaria millefolium (Fernbush) is a beautiful native shrub that brightens the garden in mid-summer with big clusters of bright white flowers. It also has attractive dried seed...

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    Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria) Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria) Chamaebatiaria millefolium
    As low as $14.99 Sale $13.49
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Chamaebatiaria millefolium (Fernbush) is a beautiful native shrub that brightens the garden in mid-summer with big clusters of bright white flowers. It also has attractive dried seed heads and olive-green foliage. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
  4. Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden

    Attract birds and pollinators with ease by planting the beautiful Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden. Colorful flowers bloom late spring through fall, and flowering shrubs a...

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    Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden
    Sale Price I Save 5%
    $200.99 Sale $190.94
    Per Garden of 15
    Attract birds and pollinators with ease by planting the beautiful Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden. Colorful flowers bloom late spring through fall, and flowering shrubs and ornamental grasses provide year-round interest, nesting material, and shelter for birds. Berries, seeds, and insects offer three important food sources for birds and their young. One garden of 15 plants covers 84 sq ft. This Pre-Planned Garden comes with a garden layout map to make planting easy.
  5. May Night Meadow Sage, Salvia sylvestris May Night

    Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ (Meadow Sage) blooms prolifically with deep purple-blue flowers. It is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and to...

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    May Night Salvia May Night Meadow Sage Salvia sylvestris May Night
    As low as $11.99 Sale $10.79
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ (Meadow Sage) blooms prolifically with deep purple-blue flowers. It is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and tolerance of heavy clay soils. Blooming in late spring with a profusion of flower spikes, it reblooms later in the summer when deadheaded.
  6. Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm, Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm

    Rudbeckia Goldsturm blooms in mid-to-late summer with an eye-catching display of golden flowers. Black Eyed Susan is very attractive to butterflies and the seed heads provide winter ...

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    Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan Black Eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm
    As low as $11.99 Sale $8.24
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rudbeckia Goldsturm blooms in mid-to-late summer with an eye-catching display of golden flowers. Black Eyed Susan is very attractive to butterflies and the seed heads provide winter food for seed-eating songbirds as well. Reliable and tough, Rudbeckia tolerates both drought and clay plus easy to maintain.
  7. Echinacea purpurea Pow Wow Wild Berry Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

    PowWow® Wild Berry is a new improved variety of Purple Coneflower bred for its darker red-purple flowers and compact floriferous growth habit. This is an outstanding long bloomi...

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    PowWow® Wild Berry Echinacea PowWow® Wild Berry Coneflower Echinacea purpurea PowWow® Wild Berry
    Sale Price I Save 10%
    $13.99 Sale $12.59
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    PowWow® Wild Berry is a new improved variety of Purple Coneflower bred for its darker red-purple flowers and compact floriferous growth habit. This is an outstanding long blooming variety.
  8. Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass, Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster

    The world‚s most popular ornamental grass, Calamagrostis acutiflora ‚Karl Foerster‚ (Feather Reed Grass) has a strong upright habit and blooms with showy flowers th...

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    Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster
    As low as $14.99 Sale $13.49
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    The world's most popular ornamental grass, Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' (Feather Reed Grass) has a strong upright habit and blooms with showy flowers that ripen to tawny seed heads that decorate the plant through the fall and winter months.

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