Plants For Birds: Native Songbird Gardens

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Plants For Birds: Create Songbird habitats with our regional native Songbird Gardens

Plants For Birds: Helping Songbirds Raise Their Young

The time to plant more native plants for birds is now! Our pre-planned native Songbird Gardens are designed specifically to help our songbird population in each region. Nearly 50% of songbird populations are suffering as a result of habitat loss and declines in healthy native plant populations and diversity.

Recent scientific research conducted by University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy, has revealed compelling new data that shows diverse populations of native plants are essential for songbirds to successfully raise their young. We now know that a mating pair of birds needs to collect between 4,000 to 6,000 caterpillars to raise a nest of chicks. And yet, a landscape full of Old World plants (non-natives from Europe, Asia, and Africa) will yield very few caterpillars and songbirds will not be able to utilize these areas as habitat to raise their young.

Intermountain West Native Songbird Gardens

Easily choose the right songbird plants with our pre-planned gardens. | Native Intermountain West Songbird Garden.

Plants For Birds: Insects and the Web of Life

For as long as I can remember, there has been a horticultural drumbeat that has vilified insects to be something that we don't want in our yards and gardens. Indeed, there are injurious pests that attack our vegetables, our annual and perennial flowers, as well as our trees and shrubs. And these "bad bugs" have become more of a problem due to the widespread use of toxic chemical pesticides. These poisons have severely disrupted the delicate balance in nature whereby predator insects, bats, birds, reptiles, and amphibians feed on and keep the "bad bugs" under control.

For this and many other reasons, gardening naturally and organically MUST be how we grow our ornamental and food plants.

Yet, insects are a vital part of the food chain. These six-legged creatures consume plant tissue and convert the energy of the sun into protein for rest of the non-herbivore animal kingdom to feed. In a healthy landscape or larger ecosystem, native plants and insects strike a balance. The insects that feed on plants consume just enough to live and multiply without killing or significantly damaging the plants. Thus, nature provides the caterpillars to feed our beloved songbirds. And we humans won't even be aware that all this is going on. We only see the results: lots of songbird nests full of healthy chicks that will become the next generation of adult birds.

Plants For Birds: Regional Native Songbird Gardens

Southwest Native Songbird Gardens

Local songbirds will benefit from the habitat you create for them. | Native Southwest Songbird Garden.

Our regional Songbird Gardens contain a selection of native plants that research by Prof. Tallamy, the National Wildlife Association and the Xerces Society have shown to be some of the best genera for providing food plants for butterfly and moth caterpillars and other insect larvae to feed.

Each regional Songbird Garden has two different planting diagrams (one for fence lines and the other for rectangular beds to be planted elsewhere on the property). Where possible, plant the garden(s) in sunny areas close to established trees and shrubs to provide additional nesting sites from where the birds can live and stay close to their nests.

We are making it easy for songbird lovers and gardeners who are interested in creating songbird habitat, to plant more natives that beautify their properties and help ensure that songbirds will have places to raise their young.

Mother Nature will appreciate your efforts.


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  • Los Lunas Form of Giant Sacaton Grass Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker

    Starting at $10.99

    Sale: $8.79

    Per Plant - 3.25" deep pot

  • Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster

    Starting at $11.99

    Sale: $8.99

    Per Plant - 3.25" deep pot

  • Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048

    Starting at $11.49

    Sale: $9.19

    Per Plant - 5" deep pot

  • Pawnee Buttes® Sand Cherry Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ (Pawnee Buttes)

    Starting at $11.49

    Sale: $10.34

    Per Plant - 5" deep pot

  • Pow Wow White Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Pow Wow White


    Sale: $8.49

    Per Plant - 5" deep pot

  • Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden

    Starting at $147.35

    Per Garden of 15 Plants

Text and Photos by Founder and Chief Horticulturist David Salman.

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2 thoughts on “Plants For Birds: Native Songbird Gardens”

    MARY D. CAIN 01/05/18 at 2:18 pm

    I live in Colorado, about 20 miles East of Fort Collins. Which of these songbird collections is applicable to my area, zip code 80650?

    • Gabi

      Hi Mary, thank you for your question! I would recommend the Native Intermountain West Songbird Garden for your area, and zone. You can find this offering here: . It includes 16 plants, planting directions, and an easy-to-follow garden map.

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