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Attracting birds to the garden

Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Robert Mineau)
Aronia melanocarpa
  • Aronia melanocarpa
  • Vaccinium angustifolium
  • Fragaria virginiana

You can also integrate some plants that produce fruits favored by birds along the borders of your garden. But of course you have to share! Here are a few:

Common name Latin name
Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.)
Canada serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis)*
Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)*
Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.)
Early lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)*
Strawberry (Fragaria spp.)
Wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)*
Raspberry and Blackberry (Rubus spp.)
Currant and Black currant (Ribes spp.)
Grapevine (Vitis vinifera)
Wild raisin (Viburnum nudum var. cassinoides)*

* Native species

Birds will also be attracted by seeds from these: coreopsis, cosmos, coneflowers, sunflower, heliopsis, black-eyed Susan, grasses, etc. Blooms must not be cut off after the plants flower.

To attract hummingbirds, some things you can add are columbine, beebalm, sage and weigela.

The plants suggested here are just a few of the many possibilities. It’s just up to you to conduct your own tests – and to observe the results.

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