Plants for Songbirds – Part 2

I just love having songbirds visiting the garden, don’t you?  In my last post, “Plants for Songbirds” I focused on plants that you can include in your garden that are known to be favorites of songbirds.

I will list information after each plant so that you can determine whether or not they will grow in your region.  So, let’s get started…


Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)

Cosmos are a huge favorite of gardeners and can be grown everywhere.   They are easily started from seed, although you can sometimes find them in six-packs from the nursery.  They will die to the ground with the first frost, but come very quickly from seed.  Allow the flower heads to dry out so that the birds can feed upon the seeds.  Cosmos are also known to attract butterflies as well.


Heavenly Bamboo

Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica)

Heavenly Bamboo is known for its colorful foliage, but it is the berries that it produces that the birds just love.  This shrub also provides shelter for birds as well.  Hardy to zone 6, this is an easy shrub to grow in your garden.


Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa)

Brittlebush is another characteristic shrub of the Southwest.  Its gray foliage contrasts nicely with darker green shrubs.  Yellow daisy-like flowers appear in the winter and last through much of the spring.  Birds feed upon its seeds.  Hardy to zone 8, this shrub is extremely drought-tolerant and is easy to grow.


Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

Who doesn’t love the large, colorful flowers of Hollyhock?  They are extremely easy to grow from seed in zones 3 – 11 and can be treated as annuals or short-lived perennials.  They attract a variety of birds, including hummingbirds.

Blue Palo Verde

Blue Palo Verde (Parkinsonia florida)

One of my absolute favorite trees is the iconic Palo Verde.  Their green trunk and branches as well as their yellow flowers in spring make this tree an asset to the Southwestern garden.  I have three myself. Birds will seek both shelter and food from the Blue Palo Verde.  I see hummingbirds perch in mine all year long.  Hardy to down to zone 8.

So, have you seen anything you like so far?  I will post my final list of favorites in a couple of days, so please visit again :-)

  1. R. rusty Avery says

    I love the Chilopsis but it will not grow here at my elvation 3300ft zone 7 but we are in a snow belt, which means if it snows at 3500ft then we get some of it, 2-4ft of it. Can you think of some way for me to have this lovely tree in my garden? also I know that the deer love it too….rusty


  1. […] Plants for Songbirds – Part Brittlebush is another characteristic shrub of the Southwest Its gray foliage contrasts nicely with darker green shrubs. Yellow daisy-like flowers appear in the winter and last through much of the spring. Birds feed upon its seeds. […]

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