Bird Attracting Plants

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Bird Attracting Plants

The best bird attracting plants include native fruit-bearing shrubs and trees and native perennial plants that provide seeds for food. Ornamental grasses are important to a bird-friendly garden, as they provide shelter and nesting material. Native plants are best for birds because they will host caterpillars and other insects to feed their young. Our Regional Native Songbird Gardens combine the best native song-bird plants for each region.

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  1.  Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster, Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster, Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass with Rudbeckia

    The world's most popular ornamental grass, 'Karl Foerster' has a strong upright habit and blooms with showy flowers that ripen to tawny seed heads that decorate the plant through the...

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    Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster
    As low as $11.99 Sale $9.59
    Per Plant - 3.25" Pot
    The world's most popular ornamental grass, 'Karl Foerster' 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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  2. Yellow Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe, Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe, Maximilian's Sunflower

    Exclusive. Santa Fe is a selected form of Maximilian's Sunflower chosen for its huge, bright yellow daisies that tightly pack the 6 foot tall flowering spike. A tough perennial for d...

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    Santa Fe Maximilian's Sunflower (Helianthus) Santa Fe Maximilian's Sunflower Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. Santa Fe is a selected form of Maximilian's Sunflower chosen for its huge, bright yellow daisies that tightly pack the 6 foot tall flowering spike. A tough perennial for difficult growing conditions, it blooms in mid-September. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.
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  3. 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
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    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.
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  4. Red Penstemon pinifolius Compactum, Penstemon pinifolius Compactum, Compact Pineleaf Penstemon

    Compactum is hands down one of the very best native wildflowers for water-wise gardens. This tiny shrub has a profusion of bright scarlet flowers in late spring and tidy, tight growi...

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    Compact Pineleaf Penstemon Compact Pineleaf Beardtongue Penstemon pinifolius Compactum
    As low as $10.99 Sale $8.79
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Compactum is hands down one of the very best native wildflowers for water-wise gardens. This tiny shrub has a profusion of bright scarlet flowers in late spring and tidy, tight growing branches of evergreen pine needle-like leaves. Perfect for borders or accenting larger perennials. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  5. Echinacea purpurea Pow Wow White Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    16-20" x 14-16" wide. Pow Wow® White Echinacea is an outstanding, seed grown cultivar that blooms all season with a profusion of white flowers over a compact plant....

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    PowWow® White Echinacea PowWow® White Coneflower Echinacea purpurea PowWow® White
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    16-20" x 14-16" wide. Pow Wow® White Echinacea is an outstanding, seed grown cultivar that blooms all season with a profusion of white flowers over a compact plant.
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  6. Red October Big Bluestem,  Andropogon gerardii 'Red October' PP26283, Close up of red foliage

    'Red October' Big Bluestem Grass (Andropogon gerardii) is a striking ornamental native prairie grass. This stunning, large bluestem cultivar adds architectural interest and a injects...

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    Red October Big Bluestem Grass Red October Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii Red October PP#26,283
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    'Red October' Big Bluestem Grass (Andropogon gerardii) is a striking ornamental native prairie grass. This stunning, large bluestem cultivar adds architectural interest and a injects a dose of rich scarlet color that contrasts beautifully with the tawny browns and greys of autumn. ‘Red October’ emerges with strong red foliage highlights in spring, and after frost, it finishes the season in deep, glorious scarlet. With year-long visual interest, ‘Red October’ is great for meadow and back of border installations, and is widely adapted to many soil types. Clump forming grass will grow in neat mounds. (Andropogon gerardii)
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  7. Schizachyrium scoparium Standing Ovation

    Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' PP25,202) is an outstanding selection chosen for its blue foliage, reddish fall color and strong up...

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    Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass Schizachyrium scoparium Standing Ovation
    As low as $12.99 Sale $10.39
    Per Plant - 3.25" Pot
    Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' PP25,202) is an outstanding selection chosen for its blue foliage, reddish fall color and strong upright growth habit. Widely adapted for planting across the US. 2018 Plant of The Year
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  8. Asclepias speciosa, Showy Pink Milkweed

    Showy Pink Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) is an essential wildflower for supporting Monarch butterflies by providing food for caterpillars and nectar for the adult butterflies. 3-4 ft...

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    Showy Pink Milkweed Showy Pink Milkweed Asclepias speciosa
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Showy Pink Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) is an essential wildflower for supporting Monarch butterflies by providing food for caterpillars and nectar for the adult butterflies. 3-4 ft. tall x 24-30" wide.
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  9. Yellow Helianthus maximiliana Dakota Sunshine, Helianthus maximiliana Dakota Sunshine, Dakota Sunshine Maximilian's Sunflower

    Exclusive. Dakota Sunshine is an August blooming selection of the native Maximilian's Sunflower. Chosen from South Dakota collected seed, this cultivar is especially useful in short ...

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    Dakota Sunshine Maximilian's Sunflower (Helianthus) Dakota Sunshine Maximilian's Sunflower Helianthus maximiliani Dakota Sunshine
    As low as $10.99 Sale $8.79
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. Dakota Sunshine is an August blooming selection of the native Maximilian's Sunflower. Chosen from South Dakota collected seed, this cultivar is especially useful in short season climates to avoid flower damage from early frosts. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.
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  10. Yellow Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei Little Treasure, Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei Little Treasure, Dwarf Golden Spur Columbine

    Exclusive. Little Treasure is a dwarf yellow flowered form of a columbine native to the shady canyons of southern New Mexico. The bright flowers face upwards to the sky and attract...

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    Little Treasure Dwarf Spur Columbine Little Treasure Dwarf Spur Columbine Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei Little Treasure
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. Little Treasure is a dwarf yellow flowered form of a columbine native to the shady canyons of southern New Mexico. The bright flowers face upwards to the sky and attract hummingbirds. A High Country Gardens introduction.
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  11. Salvia Amistad Friendship Sage with Bumblebee HBLZ351

    Salvia Amistad (also known as Friendship Sage, PP# 23578) is a large growing Sage that blooms for several months with huge violet-purple flowers that attract hummingbirds. If Salvia ...

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    Amistad Salvia Amistad Friendship Sage Salvia Amistad PP#23,578
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Salvia Amistad (also known as Friendship Sage, PP# 23578) is a large growing Sage that blooms for several months with huge violet-purple flowers that attract hummingbirds. If Salvia Amistad is outside of your USDA growing zone, it can be grown in pots as an annual (it has vigorous growth in the first year) and it can often overwinter in a garage.
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  12. Orange Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet, Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet, Creeping Hummingbird Trumpet

    2001 Plant Select Winner 4-6" tall x 15-18" wide. Orange Carpet® is a vigorous perennial groundcover that blooms in mid- to late summer with a profusion of bright orange trumpet ...

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    Orange Carpet® Creeping Hummingbird Trumpet (Zauschneria) Creeping Hummingbird Trumpet Orange Carpet® (Fire Chalice) Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    2001 Plant Select Winner 4-6" tall x 15-18" wide. Orange Carpet® is a vigorous perennial groundcover that blooms in mid- to late summer with a profusion of bright orange trumpet shaped flowers. Spreading with underground stems, this beauty is perfect for slopes and cascading over the edges of raised beds.
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  13. Pink Saponaria lempergii Max Frei, Saponaria lempergii Max Frei, Giant Flowered Soapwort

    Max Frei is a vigorous hybrid soapwort that blooms in mid- to late summer with hundreds of quarter-sized pink flowers. It's a large scale groundcover with attractive deep green folia...

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    Max Frei Saponaria Max Frei Giant Flowered Soapwort Saponaria lempergii Max Frei
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Max Frei is a vigorous hybrid soapwort that blooms in mid- to late summer with hundreds of quarter-sized pink flowers. It's a large scale groundcover with attractive deep green foliage. An uncommon perennial that deserves wider use.
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  14. Orange Asclepias tuberosa, Asclepias tuberosa, Clay-Orange Butterfly Weed

    Asclepias tuberosa (Orange Butterfly Weed) is a food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and very attractive to many varieties of butterflies. Perennial Plant Association Plant...

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    Butterfly Weed (Clay Form) Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa (Clay Form)
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot

    Asclepias tuberosa (Orange Butterfly Weed) is a food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and very attractive to many varieties of butterflies. Perennial Plant Association Plant of The Year 2017. This special selection of the wildflower Orange Butterfly Weed is unique in its ability to grow in heavier soils including clay. Typically, Asclepias grows in sandy soils. Highly attractive to monarchs and other butterflies. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 15-18" tall x 15-18" wide..

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  15. Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden

    This low-growing Inferno Strip Garden is ideal for hot, sunny, problem areas like those found against garage walls and along driveways and roads. With this garden, you can easily cre...

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    Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden
    As low as $153.82 Sale $138.43
    Per Garden of 18 Plants
    This low-growing Inferno Strip Garden is ideal for hot, sunny, problem areas like those found against garage walls and along driveways and roads. With this garden, you can easily create a colorful, long blooming, low maintenance flower bed. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). Designed by Lauren Springer Ogden. Mixed pot sizes.
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  16. Panicum virgatum Shenandoah Photo Courtesy Hoffman Nursery, Inc.

    Shenandoah is a selection of our native prairie switchgrass grown for its burgundy colored foliage and pinkish flower spikes. This grass has especially nice fall color with the gra...

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    Shenandoah Switchgrass Shenandoah Switchgrass Panicum virgatum Shenandoah
    As low as $12.99 Sale $10.39
    Per Plant - 3.25" Pot
    Shenandoah is a selection of our native prairie switchgrass grown for its burgundy colored foliage and pinkish flower spikes. This grass has especially nice fall color with the grass blades tinted with red and orange. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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