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Garden Plan to Attract Wisconsin Songbirds

There are a few things that are so beautiful like waking up to a beautiful songbird on your bedroom window sill. If you want to enjoy them yourself, there is no need to keep them trapped in a cage — just plant the native plants they thrive on!

This guide features regional native plants for the Great Lakes that are highly attractive to our native songbirds and are well-suited to small-scale plantings in gardens, on business and school campuses, in urban greenspaces and farm field borders.

In planning your garden, be sure to have something blooming all season so there is always a food source for songbirds.

Bloom Common Name Scientific Name Color Height Light Soil Moisture
EARLY Columbine Aquilegia canadensis Red, Yellow 1-3' L,S D,M
Downy Phlox Phlox pilosa Pink 1-2' L,S D,M,Mo
MID Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta Yellow 1-3' L,S,C D,M,Mo
Blue False Indigo Baptisia australis Blue 3-4' L D,M
Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida Purple 3-5' L,S,C D,M
Purple Coneflower Baptisia australis Blue 3-5' L,S,C D,M
Smooth Penstemon Penstemon digitalis White 2-3' L,S M,Mo
MID-LATE Bergamot Mondarda fistulosa Purpl 4' L,S,C D,M,O
Cup Plant Silphium perfoliatum Yellow 3-10' L,S,C M,Mo,W
Dense Blazingstar Liatris spicata Pink, Purple 3-5' D,L,S M,Mo
Prairie Dropseed Sporobolus heterolepsis White 2-4' L,C,S M
Stiff Goldenrod Solidago rigida Yellow 3-5' L,C,S D,M
Yellow Coneflower Ratibida pinnata Yellow 3-6' C,L,S D,M,Mo
LATE Little Bluestem Schizachyrium
scoparium
Purple, Bronze 2-4' L D,M
New England Aster Symphyotrichum
novae-angliae
Blue, Pink, Purple 3-6' L,C,S M,Mo
Smooth Aster Symphyotrichum
laeve
Blue 2-4' L,S D,M
Indian Grass Sorghastrum
nutans
Straw, Gold 5-7' L,C,S D,M,O

SOIL:  L = Loam      C = Clay      S = Sandy      R = Rocky
MOISTURE:  D = Dry      M = Medium      Mo = Moist      W = Wet 

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