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RE: Shrubs, Birds and Shade (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: knottyceltic on 04.18.2007 at 11:35 pm in Wildlife Garden Forum

My property is the same scenario, front lawn, house, space and then woods and we have gradually worked on bringing the woods right up to the house. Some of the shrubs I have with berries (we garden for birds too) I have had success with are:

Arrow Wood Viburnum
Highbush Cranberry
Redbud (has a seed rather than a fruit per se)
Ninebark (also has a seed)
Silky Dogwood
Alternate Leaf Dogwood
Black Elderberry
Serviceberries (my fave berry shrub of all time!)(have 6 already and plan to add one more shrub and one more tree-form this spring - the birds go NUTS for 'em)

We also have a sea of Blue Cohosh covering the entire woods, that has tons of blue/black berries in autumn.


clipped on: 04.25.2007 at 01:42 pm    last updated on: 04.25.2007 at 01:42 pm

RE: Grouping shrubs and trees around a yard (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: vonyon on 05.30.2006 at 04:40 pm in Wildlife Garden Forum

Well, your situation, husband, yard, etc. sound like mine a few years back. My husband was reluctant to plant anything in the way that he would have to mow around. After 20 years of mowing all Saturday, his tune changed and we planted a rather large native shrub border a couple of years ago. I did lots of research including coming here (there used to be many more people posting. I bought books by Dirr, etc. I ended starting by buying one shrub of the types that I wanted from a native plant nursery. These were probably 4' shrubs when I bought them and fairly expensive. I planted them and prepared a huge border that fall. The following spring, I bought shrubs from the NH nursery (I'll link the site below) in groups of 10 or 20. After much research, I decided to plant them as they would grow naturally with species together in drifts . My border is irregular in shape. I planted serviceberries (4 or 5 different types), lots of viburnums (American cranberry, wild raisin, arrowwood, etc) native hollies, many varieties of dogwood (pagoda, red twig, yellow twig), elderberries, bayberries, hemlock, etc. I have a big wind problem here and have planted shrub dogwoods to break that wind. They can be chopped periodically and grow right back in a few years. I would suggest places that sell the shrubs relatively cheaply as you want a few in a clump. I found NH Nursery give very good value for the money. Most of the things I got from them were fairly large. Good luck. I also bought things from Pine Ridge (Arkansas), Cold Stream Farm (Michigan) and a place in NY (upstate) whose name escapes me at the moment.

Here is a link that might be useful: NH Nursery


clipped on: 03.13.2007 at 03:12 pm    last updated on: 03.13.2007 at 03:12 pm