Bird Attracting Plants

Cedar Waxwing on Sand Cherry (Prunus)

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. 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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  4. 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
    As low as $10.99 Sale $8.79
    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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  5. Prunus besseyi ‘PS’ (Pawnee Buttes) Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    An outstanding selection of our western native sand cherry, Pawnee Buttes® is a low growing, groundcover shrub with a profusion of fragrant white flowers in early spring and show...

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    Pawnee Buttes® Sand Cherry (Prunus) Pawnee Buttes® Sand Cherry Prunus besseyi P011S
    As low as $11.99 Sale $9.59
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    An outstanding selection of our western native sand cherry, Pawnee Buttes® is a low growing, groundcover shrub with a profusion of fragrant white flowers in early spring and showy mahogany-red foliage in the fall. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant. Prunus besseyi P011S is a 2000 Plant Select® introduction. 12-18" tall x 4-6' wide.
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  6. 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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  7. Red and White Aquilegia caerulea Red Hobbit, Aquilegia caerulea Red Hobbit, Red Hobbit Columbine

    A dwarf variety of Rocky Mountain Columbine with red and white flowers. This little beauty comes true from seed and should be encouraged to re-seed itself in the garden where it make...

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    Red Hobbit Columbine Red Hobbit Columbine Aquilegia caerulea Red Hobbit
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    A dwarf variety of Rocky Mountain Columbine with red and white flowers. This little beauty comes true from seed and should be encouraged to re-seed itself in the garden where it makes colorful colonies.
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  8. Pink Phlox paniculata Jeana, Phlox paniculata Jeana, Jeana Garden Phlox

    Phlox Jeana is a new garden phlox introduction notable for its multi-month bloom time and colorful lavender-pink clusters of sweet fragrant flowers. It is also exceptionally cold har...

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    Jeana Garden Phlox Jeana Garden Phlox Phlox paniculata Jeana
    As low as $11.99 Sale $9.59
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Phlox Jeana is a new garden phlox introduction notable for its multi-month bloom time and colorful lavender-pink clusters of sweet fragrant flowers. It is also exceptionally cold hardy and highly attractive to butterflies.
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  9. Pink and Orange Delosperma Fire Spinnerand, Delosperma Fire Spinner, Fire Spinner Ice Plant

    Delosperma Fire Spinner® has vibrant tri-colored flowers of orange, red and lavender that are unique in the world of perennial flowers. Outstandingly colorful. An evergreen groun...

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    Fire Spinner® Ice Plant Fire Spinner® Ice Plant Delosperma Fire Spinner®
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Delosperma Fire Spinner® has vibrant tri-colored flowers of orange, red and lavender that are unique in the world of perennial flowers. Outstandingly colorful. An evergreen groundcover, this ice plant blooms in late spring. A 2011 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  10. Oenothera fremontii Shimmer, Shimmer Evening Primrose

    'Shimmer' is all about foliage, flowers, and texture. Blooming with 3-inch bright lemon-yellow flowers in late spring, the plant re-blooms during the summer months. The narrow leave...

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    Shimmer Evening Primrose Shimmer Evening Primrose Oenothera fremontii Shimmer
    As low as $10.99 Sale $8.79
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    'Shimmer' is all about foliage, flowers, and texture. Blooming with 3-inch bright lemon-yellow flowers in late spring, the plant re-blooms during the summer months. The narrow leaves are pewter-gray and very attractive. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction; Discovered in the garden of Lauren Springer Ogden. 2007 Plant of the Year.
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  11. 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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