Because it will be near the house and deck, and because so many habitats are lost to birds, I've decided to birdscape the area. I will select mostly plants that are native to our area and attract birds.
|How my birding garden looks today.|
My first selection for the spot is the native Cornus alternifolia (Pagoda Dogwood). This small deciduous ornamental tree tree has four seasons of interest, with it's spring flowers, summer berries, fall color, and lateral branching habit, bringing interest to the winter garden. Cornus alternifolia also attracts over 90 species of birds, including flycatchers, woodpeckers, catbirds and thrashers. With my row of Thuja (Arborvitae) and three native Amelanchier (Serviceberry) trees nearby, I'll br providing lots of food and shelter for birds.
|Cornus alternifolia, Pagoda Dogwood (photo credit)|
|The fruit of Myrica pensylvanica, Northern Bayberry|
A smaller shrub that I will include is the native Ceonothus americanus (New Jersey Tea). It's small size makes it perfect for the space and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. It also has a nice yellow twig color for winter interest. I'll also add the native Aronia melanocarpa 'Iriquois Beauty' (Black Chokeberry). Birds love the berries, and I love the fall color!
I haven't planned out the perennials yet. Did I mention all of my landscaping plans need to be complete by June 16? My garden is one of six that has been selected for the Bridge Communities Garden Walk in Glen Ellyn to benefit our area's homeless population. Eeek! I've got a lot of work to do!