Plants That Attract Birds To Your Garden

Birds visit trees, shrubs, vines and perennials for five things: fruits (berries), sweet nectar (flowers), insects (particularly caterpillars), nuts and seeds, and shelter. Tom Tribble, from the NC Audubon Society offers this list of plants that attract birds to your property…

Berries Nectar
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
Dogwood (Cornus florida) Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) Bee Balm (Monarda)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) Beardtongue (Penstemon)
Smooth Witherod (Viburnum nudum) Phlox (Phlox spp.)
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) Wood Aster (Eurybia divaricata)
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)
Blueberry (Vaccinium) Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)


Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica)
Trees for Caterpillars Cardinal Flower (Lobelia)
Oak (Quercus spp.)
Willow (Salix spp.) Nuts and Seeds
Cherry (Prunus) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
Birch (Betula) Coreopsis
Crabapple (Malus spp.) Aster (Symphyotrichum / Eurybia)
Maple (Acer spp.) Goldenrod (Solidago)
Pine (Pinus spp.) Coneflower (Echinacea)
Hickory (Carya spp.) Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) Iron Weed (Vernonia lettermanni)
Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)


Grasses – Little Bluestem, Switchgrass, Pink Muhly