What can be more enjoyable than waking up to birdsong? However as gardens become smaller, less trees are planted and the number of birds visiting is reduced. This guide is suitable for all garden sizes and a number of plants are recommended to entice the birds back into your garden.
Birds are attracted by plants that provide food sources such as berries and seeds also those that provide nectar. Many birds are also attracted by the insects that a well planted environment encourages.
Native plants for smaller gardens
|Common Name||Botanical Name||Fruiting/Flowering Time||Approx. height|
|Coprosmas||Coprosma species||Autumn||Wide range|
|Corokias||Corokia species||Autumn||Wide range|
|Pittosporum||Pittosporum species||Winter||Wide range|
|Kakabeak||Clianthus Kaka King||Late Winter||2m X 2m|
|Pohutakawa||Metrosideros excelsa||Summer||Wide range|
|Flaxes||Phormium species||Summer||up to 1.5m X 1.5m|
|Kowhai Sophora||Dragons Gold||Late winter||1m X 1m|
|Kowhai||Sophora species||Spring||Wide range|
|Five Finger||Pseudopanax species||Spring||Wide range|
Native plants for larger gardens
|Common Name||Botanical Name||Fruiting/Flowering Time||Approx. Height|
|Wineberry||Aristotelia serrata||Summer||5m X 3m|
|Putaputaweta||Carpodetus serratus||Autumn||5m X 3m|
|Kawakawa||Macropiper excelsum||Late summer||4m X 2.5m|
|Konini||Fuchsia excorticata||Spring||10m X 4m|
|Southern rata||Metrosideros umbellata||Summer||3m X 2m|
|Tarata||Pittosporum eugenoides||Spring||5m X 3m|
|Puriri||Vitex lucens||All year||6m X 5m|
|Totara||Podocarpus totara||Autumn||6m X 4m|
General plants to attract birds
|Botanical Name||Fruiting/Flowering Time||Approx. Height|
|Banksia Varieties||Available for year round||Wide range|
|Callistemon Spring||Autumn||Wide range|
|Grevillea Varieties||Available for year round||Wide range|
|Prunus campanulata||Early spring||4m X 3m|
|Viburnum Varieties||Available for year round||Wide range|
Climbers to attract birds
*Pyracantha can be trained against walls or grown as shrubs.
By planting a selection of these plants you will be able to attract an array of native birds to your garden such as: Tuis, Silver Eyes, native Pigeons, Bell birds and Fantails.