Native Southwest Songbird Garden

Gardeners in the Southwest can make a positive contribution to the planet's health by providing habitat in our landscapes with the use of native plants. Easily create songbird habitat with this Native Songbird Garden for the Southwest with sixteen native plants. Each Native Songbird Pre-Planned Garden comes with planting diagrams and maintenance instructions for proper placement and plant care.
Zones6 - 8
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Native
Fragrant
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Bloom TimeLate spring to mid fall
ShippingNow shipping to zones 2-10.
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SizeGarden of 16 Plants
SKUHC017099

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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The latest scientific research has revealed that native plants, not Old World (non-native) species, provide essential food for butterfly and moth caterpillars that birds collect to feed their chicks. Very recent studies by University of Delaware's Prof. Doug Tallamy, in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation, have revealed that certain natives are better than others for this purpose.  Using this new information, we have put together regional collections of the best native perennials, ornamental grasses and shrubs to plant for the benefit of songbird populations. Now, we can all pitch in to help the songbirds raise their families and beautify our properties with hardy, low care native plants.


It contains (1) plant each of Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition', Muhlenbergia dubia, Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation', Sorghastrum nutans 'Thin Man', Chamaebatiaria millifolium, Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton, Chysothamnus nauseosus La Plata OR Rhus trilobata Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum 'Kannah Creek', Philadelphus microphylla 'Desert Snow', Prunus besseyi Pawnee Buttes, Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe, Liatris punctata, Monarda fistulosa, Solidago sp. 'Wichita Mountains', Vernonia lindheimeri v. leucophylla and Zauschneria canum var. arizonica Sky Island Orange. The Pre-Planned Garden comes with a planting diagram and maintenance instructions. (Note: we reserve the right to substitute another regionally suitable plant should any of the listed varieties be unavailable.) The plants in this garden are cold hardy in USDA zones 6-8. This garden collection covers an area of 135 sq. ft. in size.

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SKUHC017099
Item Package Size
Garden of 16 Plants
Common Name
Native Southwest Songbird Garden
Botanical Name
Native Southwest Songbird Garden
Zones
6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mixed
Bloom Time
Late spring to mid fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise, Average
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Native, Fragrant, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Ideal Region
Southwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Item Unit Of Measure
Garden of 16 Plants
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides
Planting and Caring for Pre-Planned Gardens & Collections

Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll grow quickly and cover the space shown in the planting map. (Maps included only with Pre-Planned Gardens, not Collections.)

Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)

Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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