Buying seed and food for birds can be expensive. But by taking advantage of the free seeds produced by many garden plants, you can save money, help garden birds thrive and enjoy an attractive garden, too.
If you grow plants that produce easy-to-access or abundant seeds, birds won't have to spend as much energy looking for food. Not only that, both the plants and the birds they attract will add interest to your garden.
Discover plants that can help you to feed garden birds.
The spherical flowerheads of globe thistles are pleasing to the eye, and produce smooth brown seeds held inside each calyx, that are easily picked off by finches. The steel-blue flowers are also a bonus to insects in summer. Plant in late February, or sow outside in April.