Top 10 Seed Bearing Plants

Keep these seed bearing plants in your garden all winter long, and the birds will thank you for the extra food source.

Didn’t get around to cleaning out those flower beds this fall? Now you can justify it—not only is it good for your plants, but it’s also a great food source for the birds! I’ll admit I personally use these excuses a little too often to put off autumn chores. Keep in mind that you will need to remove any diseased plants, but leaving the seed bearing plants up actually increases the chance of the plants’ winter survival. And with snowy days and freezing nights, your feathered friends are looking for food just about anywhere they can get it, so they’ll appreciate the extra food the plants provide. Here are our top picks for “leave-’em-up” perennials.

Allium

(Allium, Zones 2 to 10)

If you want to add a colorful bounce to your garden, there’s no better bloomer than allium. This pretty perennial is a winning selection for almost any yard. Not only can you find alliums to suit almost any spot, the enchanting plant is also easy to grow. Different types bloom from late spring to fall.

Why we love it: The dried flowers are like huge balls of seeds. Birds can’t miss them!

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