Plants are very useful in attracting birds to your garden.
I snapped this photo of a male American Goldfinch eating Purple Coneflower seeds.
Seeing a Goldfinch dining on flower seeds, lets us know that it is time to stop deadheading the flowers. Finches and other seed eating birds like House Finches will eat the seeds of plants through the autumn and winter.
If you have native flowers with plenty of delicious seeds, you can leave the seed heads up until the birds pick them clean.
Yet, an another way to attract birds to your garden.
Here is a list of summer and autumn blooming flowers which provide seeds for birds.
- Sunflowers (Helianthus species)
- Cup Plant (Siliphium perfoliatum)
- Wild Senna (Cassia bebecarpa)
- Blazing Stars (Liatris species)
- Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)
- Goldenrod (Solidago species)
- Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia species)
- Joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium species)
- Ironweed (Veronica noveboracensis)
- Coreopsis (Coreopsis species)
- Asters (Asters species)
- Sedums species (esp. Autumn Joy)
- Zinnias (Zinnia species)
- Marigolds (Tagetes species)
- Cosmos (Cosmos species)
Maybe a few of these plants can be added to your ‘garden wish list’ for next spring.