A popular request for new garden projects is “bird garden” development. Capital region families often love songbirds and doing bird conservation. The best way to attract and support songbirds to your property is by adding native shrubs.
In the wild, songbirds spend all day in the understory canopy forest layer. They scratch around in the forest floor for insects and hide in the cover provided by the shrubs. Many modern yards are wide open, there’s no medium height greenery. Pigeons find this wide-open space welcoming. So do Starlings and English Sparrows. But our native songbirds only feel welcome and at home when there’s dense shrubbery and trees to escape to.
There are many amazing native species of shrubs to choose from. Arrowwood Viburnum is a great starter choice as it has versatility in site requirements. Viburnum dentatum can grow happily in a wetland or in an alpine meadow. It is also unfussy regarding sunlight requirements. Sun or shade suit Arrowwood Viburnum just fine.
Another beautiful shrub choice is Red Osier Dogwood. Cornus sericea can tolerate sun or shade so long as the soil is moist. Perfect choice for wetlands or rain gardens.
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) is another dynamite shrub for wetter soils. Ninebark is also okay with sun or shade, what it prefers is wet feet.
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