Plants the Provide for Birds
Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. In the Clemson Home Garden and Information fact sheet 1700, Attracting and Feeding Songbirds, Professor Drew Lanham includes a list of plants that not only bring beauty to your yard but provide cover, food, or nesting spaces for birds as well. Biologist/naturalist John Cely put together that list that is easily organized by size (from large trees deciduous all the way down to shrubs and vines), gives the areas of the state where each plant will grow, and lists information on its value to wildlife. For example, the native viburnum prunifolium is an excellent berry producer while hawthorns support pollinators with their flowers and feed birds when their fruits appear. Even a ditchbank eastern red cedar provides shelter and the female trees have fruits that cedar wax wings feast upon. Fall is the best time to plant in South Carolina – give plants for presents!