Creating the Ultimate Bird-Watcher’s Garden


There’s something about birds that makes people smile, whether it’s discovering what kind are coming into your yard or to listening to them sing. Depending on the region, some favorites include the American Goldfinch, Black-Capped Chickadee, Eastern Bluebird, Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Tree Swallow, and White-Breasted Nuthatch.

If you notice any of these birds gathering in your yard, it’s important to know what they like. Having the right types of berries, plants, water and shelter are key in getting them to stick around. Flowers like lavender, bee balm and honeysuckle are popular with birds. Other flowers that add to the beauty of a garden include:

  • Coyote Brush
  • Bayberry
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Boxwood Hebe
  • Spice Bush
  • Sunflowers
  • Chinese Dogwood
  • Hawthorne

Once you plant these types of flowers and get birds attracted to your garden, having the right types of feeders and shelter makes the difference. Here are a few tips:

  • Have a bird bath close by
    In addition to traditional garden pedestal bird baths, there are unique ways to integrate an accessible water system for birds. For example, a pond is stylish while getting the job done.
  • Integrate a bird feeder
    Bird feeders are popular and can easily fit into your garden. There are a variety of bird feeders on the market that are stylish and easy to clean.
  • Use the right food
    Use food that birds like to help bring them to your garden. One of the worst things you can do is add cheap birdseed. The key is in using quality birdseed that will attract and keep the birds coming back. Use different types of food to determine which one works best.
  • Plant flowers, trees and shrubs
    Bird feeders offer a solution for hungry birds, but trees and shrubs offer shade and shelter for birds to find refuge. It’s important to have the right mix of flowers, trees and shrubs that are native to your climate to ensure the areas are adequate for the birds.
  • Plant fruit and berries
    Fruit and berries are attractive to birds and you can grow your own as a healthy alternative to buying fruit from the store. Gardeners can plant a variety of fruit to add color.  

The key is to make the garden attractive to birds. When watching birds, it’s best to be quiet and avoid sudden movements. By watching the birds intently, you will be able to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Are you ready to create a beautiful bird-watcher’s garden at your new home? Contact Landmark 24 Homes to have a member of our team help you select the perfect lot for your home, with plenty of room for your outdoor oasis today.