For the Birds:
Flowers to Plant for Their Seeds
by Sara Pitzer
You can attract more birds to
your yard by planting a few flowers just for their seeds. It's easy as
planting a cutting flower garden and uses many of the same plants. The
main difference is that you need to plant a little closer together and allow
the flowers to go to seed.
A Bed Just For Birds
Your Growise Center consultants can provide many healthy young plants that
will thrive in your area and bring in the birds. Try creating one area
just for attracting birds and also scattering plants for seed throughout the
rest of your garden and borders. All these flowering annuals will do
best in full sun.
Zinnias With Zing
One of the easiest plants to grow is also one with seeds birds like best-the
zinnia. The old-fashioned, cut-and-come again, tall varieties bloom on
strong stems as much as three feet high and produce so many blooms you can
cut them for arrangements and still have plenty left to go to seed.
The more dwarf varieties look nice planted in front of the taller
ones. Ask your Growise Center to help you make sure you've chosen the
sizes you need.
Quick and Easy
Another good choice is coreopsis, which blooms quickly and keeps going all
summer in full sun. Songbirds find coreopsis especially attractive and
you'll enjoy the range of colors in the orange-to-rust pallete.
Cosmos is so easy to grow it
is sometimes called the beginner's plant. Yellow cosmos mixes
beautifully with coreopsis, while the pink, magenta and rose coreopsis
complement the rich colors of the zinnias. Cosmos comes in a variety
of heights, from three or four fee tall to only about 20 inches. Try
several heights so you can mix them in the front and back of the beds.
Fertilizer for Flowers
Since you want ample bloom and will be planting densely to create a
protective thicket for the feeding birds, it's important to loosen the soil
and work in a good fertilizer to encourage strong growth. The employees
at your Growise Center will advise you on the best fertilizer for flowering
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