Design a Flower Garden
Sunflowers (Helianthus), Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and Joe-Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum) will go to seed and attract finches, juncos, and sparrows.
Hummingbirds are attracted to bright, bold native plants, especially those with red coloring. These little birds with long tongues prefer bell or trumpet-shaped flowers. Spring flowers to plant for hummers include bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis), blue flag iris (Iris versicolor), Virginia bluebell (Mertensia virginica) and wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), also known as cranesbill.
In the summertime, hummingbirds feed on butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), bee balm (Monarda didyma), Canada lily (Lilium canadense), cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) and blue vervain (Verbena hastata).
Some birds love certain vegetable plants, if you’re willing to share, including peas, asparagus seeds, corn and scarlet runner beans. Mixing vegetables with flowers adds visual interest to any garden.