15 Ways To Use Pansies

Pansies and Violas set the stage for a fresh bright spring season. Planting these perky winter/early spring favorites bring seas of color to your gardens and containers from fall to spring. With so many colors to choose, here are some easy ways to incorporate fresh color now before warm season annuals come available.

  1. Set the table Use the purple and yellow blooming pansies in green, glazed pots to create a living centerpiece on your patio table.  Or, simply plant one pansy in a tea cup for a simple elegant look.  
  2. Classic Containers Yellow faced pansies combined with solid yellows come together in an impressive arrangement that bring a classic look to any container.
  3. Stack for Texture Gather two galvanized buckets. Plant the smaller one with pansies and parsley. Tuck more pansies and Creeping Jenny or Ivy around the edges of the larger one, and stack.
  4. Window Charm Winter days have you feeling gloomy? Bring happiness inside with just a few snips. Plant fragrant pansies, snip some flowers and place in a jar on your windowsill.
  5. Thrillers, Fillers, Spillers A cone-shaped, evergreen arborvitae works perfectly as an attention-grabbing thriller. To brighten up the look of your container, fill up the pot with multi-colored pansies and have variegated English ivy spill over the sides for a dramatic visual.
  6. Classic Green & White Pair variegated American boxwood (‘Elegantissima’) with white pansies for a classic look. Variegated English ivy also serves as green and white accents.
  7. Herb Pairings Pair yellow and purple violas with a cool-season herb such as curly-leaved parsley for an easy-to-care-for display. Snip pansy flowers and herbs to brighten up your kitchen.
  8. Strawberry Jar Makeover Cool Wave pansies dress up a strawberry jar. Pair with yellow, white, and purple pansies and set jars on your porch or patio for waves of color.
  9. Balls of Blooms Create orbs of color with violas that love to bloom. Use sphagnum baskets and Cool Wave Pansies along the sides, then top the container with more pansies. Hang in a sunny location for more optimum splendor.
  10. Tuck In Color To dress up your entryway, tuck in a few pots along the steps and walkways with a simple color scheme to add whimsy and pop.
  11. Window Box Color When filling a show-stopping window box, don’t hesitate to use small evergreen shrubs or perennials, which last throughout the seasons. Euphorbia, Cyclamen also look striking in window boxes.
  12. Fairy Garden Fun Give your outdoor fairies something fun! Fairies love to play hide and seek in flower beds. Pansies are perfect for when warm season flowers are not available.
  13. Glowing Beds Bright yellow and stark white pansies add rich color that will make your pots and flowerbeds glow.
  14. Front Door Spectacular Spreading Cool Wave pansies provide color through fall, winter, and spring. You can add to the show in early spring by slipping in pots of forced tulips and some chartreuse foliage, like tiger ferns and heucheras.
  15. Perfectly Placed Pots A perfectly-placed container makes a big impact in your garden and yard. Try placing 3 sizes of containers for even more drama. Mix pansies with small evergreens, Creeping Jenny or Ivy, and Euphorbia.

One great tip for planting pansies, annuals, trees, shrubs, and perennials is to always use Espoma Bio Tone Starter Plus in your soil mix. We at The Family Tree are huge believers in this product for getting ALL your plants started on the right root!

January Garden Therapy

Your Yard Is Calling!

January has arrived and it brings with it a new year and the anticipation of spring gardens in a few short cardinalmonths! Here are some tips and suggestions for you to get your gardening off to a great start.

Feed the birds

January is bird month! Although there isn’t much snow in Georgia to prevent their finding food, birds will still appreciate it if you decide to put out birdseed to help them through the leaner winter months. The bonus is that they’ll get into the habit of hanging around your yard and stick around all year feasting on pesky insects and grub.

Protect Your Plants

With the unusual weather that Georgia can have, some plants may get confused and think that spring is right around the corner and begin to sprout. Because the warm weather is sure to be followed by more normal winter temperatures, you’ll need to protect those tender sprouts from frost with a thick layer of compost or mulch. If the temps drop below 25 degrees, consider frost cloth for your tender flowering shrubs.  (Never cover your plants with plastic.  It reduces air circulation and could cause damage.) Also, this sounds weird, but go ahead and water your plants thoroughly before a frost.  The water will, at worst, freeze around the roots keeping them at a constant temperature.

Prepping Soil

If the ground is workable, (in other words, isn’t frozen solid or too damp), now is a great time to turn over the soil in your garden plot. Exposure to the elements help to break down hard clumps of dirt, saving you valuable time when spring rolls around. In addition, turning over the soil reveals a multitude of insect eggs and other goodies for hungry birds!

Planting

Yes, you can plant trees and shrubs this time of year.  As long as they are container plants (not B&B) and the ground is not frozen.  Planting now has great benefits!  The roots have time to get established before the spring and summer, and we get lots of rain this time of year so you will water less.  Remember to mulch them well and cover them if it does get super cold.

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Did You Know It’s Time To Put Up Bluebird Houses?

Bluebird season in Georgia is right around the corner! Attracting bluebirds to your garden during the spring can make for excellent relaxation and sight-seeing. Now is the time to get your bluebird houses set up (or cleaned out from last season). In order to get these blue beauties to hang around your lawn once Spring rolls around, here are a few important tips and tricks to keep mind.

Put the bird boxes up by March 1 so they will be ready when the birds arrive to search for a place to set up house. Place bluebird houses 5’ to 8’ above the ground attached to a tree or fencepost. They prefer open areas with low groundcover or well-trimmed grass in order for them to easily hunt insects.

  • Bluebirds love meal worms, and probably love acquiring them easily even more! Offering them a place to feed on meal worms is an excellent trick to bring them to your garden space.

Georgia is home to some great native plants that will attract Bluebirds during colder weather. Since bluebirds rarely eat bird seed, add berries and fruits to your yard that will likely attract them. Elaeagnus, Cotoneaster, Serviceberry, Beautyberry, Ivy, Hollies, Pyracantha are great for early spring feeding.

  • Predators such as House Sparrows, snakes, mice and others need to be considered when placing your bluebird house. These predators will reek havoc on your bluebirds!  Predator guards on poles or at entrance holes are strongly recommended. Click here for more information of why your bluebirds have left the house. http://www.sialis.org/predatorid.htm 
  • Bird baths are a great addition to any lawn, as they attract many kinds of birds. Bluebirds included! However, bluebirds favor moving water. Adding a moving water feature such a small fountain can do wonders for enticing bluebirds.
  • The last important tip to remember is about maintenance of your bluebird house. Bluebirds are not typically known to clean out old nests, moving on from “occupied” nesting areas. The best time to clean out the nest if from October to December (Just make sure it is not in use!). Periodically clean the old nesting material out of your bluebird box to assure the bluebird vacancy.

 

  • Stop by The Family Tree Garden Center for all your birding needs. We carry Coles, Audubon, Friends Of Flight, Droll Yankee, and handmade feeders, houses, and feed.

Would You Like To Sleep Better? And Breath In Your Home Better? 6 Plants For Your Bedroom

The air quality inside your home may not cross your mind as much as the air quality outside, but it is undoubtedly just as important. Poor air quality in your home can cause headaches, sore throat, and other common but annoying irritations.

Fortunately, scientists at NASA have conducted research and experiments on these issues. One of the most promising solutions found were the cleansing and purifying properties in houseplants!

No matter how ventilated your home or apartment may seem, pollutants from outside like car exhaust can still make their way inside and become trapped. These pollutants along with the chemical release of cleaning products combine and linger in your air. A simple and affordable way to combat these pollutants is adding some houseplants into your living space!

  • Plants cleanse the air by simply doing what they are designed to do; create oxygen. Through photosynthesis, plants draw in the dirty carbon dioxide in the air and releases oxygen. This process helps get rid of the three main indoor pollutants: formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. The research done by NASA helped reveal six specific houseplants that help remove up to 90% of these toxins, making your air cleaner and healthier to breath.
  • Peace Lily plants are one of the most common houseplants on NASA’s list, and one of the most beautiful. Their big white blooms accent their dark green leaves, making them a great design component in your home. Peace Lily plants effectively remove all three of the main indoor pollutants, and they also remove ammonia from the air as well.
  • Snake Plants or “Mother-In-Law’s Tongue” is known for being one of the easiest houseplants to maintain. This is due to their preference for drier conditions and low light. Snake Plants effectively remove all three main pollutants from the air, as well as another toxin called xylene. Put a Snake Plant in your bedroom! By improving indoor air quality and emitting oxygen at night, the Snake Plant can help you sleep!
  • Aloe Vera is a very famous plant because of its wide variety of uses. The clear liquid inside the leaves have been proven to be great for basic medicinal uses, such as an anti-inflammatory or as an antibiotic. In the NASA studies, Aloe Vera was shown to also be effective at removing formaldehyde from their air. Caring for an Aloe Vera plant calls for allowing about the top inch or two of the soil to dry out in-between watering. Aloe is great in your bedroom due to its air cleaning and oxygen emitting abilities.
  • Ficus Trees are rapidly making their way into popularity within recent years because they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, making them a great design focal point. Like the others, Ficus trees remove all three of the main toxins. Keep your Ficus in bright, indirect light and let the soil dry out in between watering. This plant is perfect for your sunroom or bright kitchen.
  • Golden Pothos has beautiful marbled, heart-shaped leaves and is super easy to care for. Place a Pothos in your bedroom, bathroom, or family room to purify the air to aid with sleep and well-being. Pothos thrive in low light and once a week watering. This ivy-like plant makes a beautiful hanging basket and you can easily clip the vines to keep it manicured.
  • Dracaena plants come in as many as 40 different varieties, making them popular for both home and office due to their versatility. Like Snake Plants, Dracaena plants also remove all three toxins as well as xylene from your air.

To naturally clean your air, help with sleep, and offer an overall feeling of well-being, NASA recommend between 15 and 18 air-purifying plants in an 1800 square foot home, with a few of these in each bedroom.

 

For more information, please ask one of our knowledgeable staff members at The Family Tree Garden Center.
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Money Tree Prosperity

Have you ever heard the story of how the Money Tree got its name? It started with a man whose prayers for money were answered by obtaining this unique plant.  When he took the plant home, he discovered he could grow several more from the seeds and new stems. He soon became rich from selling the seedlings.  It is from this story that the plant was given its nickname: the “Money Tree.” The plant (and the story) originated in Japan. The Money Tree consists of several trunks braided together with green leaves sprouting from the top.

  • Braided Money Trees are often given as a gift because they have the reputation of bringing good luck and prosperity.  Generally, the more leaves the Money Tree has, the better!  While it is common to find money trees with five leaves on each stem, it is quite rare to find one with six to seven leaves. Like a four-leaf clover, a Money Tree with a seven-leaf stem is considered to bring incredibly good fortune to its owner.
  • Feng shui practitioners believe that the braided Money Tree creates positive energy for any room that it is placed in.  Following this belief, your Money Tree should be placed in the “financial” part of your home or office. (Make sure it is bright in that area) Each new leaf of the tree will then bring added financial blessing and success.  This plant is easy to grow and will thrive easily in your home or office.
  • The jade green leaves of the Money Tree grow in a pattern often compared with the human hand.  These five leaves are said to symbolize the five elements of balance in creation: metal, wood, water, fire and earth.  Each stem of the “braid” is a unique plant.
  • Money Trees are easy to care for. Simply water thoroughly then let the soil dry. You can tell if you are watering too much if the leaves become droopy and yellow. If the leaves are wrinkled or curled, you are watering too little. The main problem that we see with Money Trees is from overwatering.
  • Place your Money Tree in an area with bright indirect light. In areas with less bright light, your tree’s leaves may grow smaller, but they will adapt if needed. Avoid direct sunlight. In warm weather, your Money Tree may enjoy a little outside time in the shade. Bring your plant inside if the weather drops below 50 degrees.
  • Concerning fertilization, this tree does not need to be fussed over. Fertilize once in the spring and once in the fall with a quality time released fertilizer. Insects don’t seem to bother the Money Tree but if you happen to see whitefly or aphids, spray the leaves with Insecticidal Soap and wipe clean.
  • Propagation is best had from cuttings/side shoots and seeds. Often you will notice new shoots coming out of the trunks. You can simply place these shoots in moist, not wet, soil with Root Starter and they will grow well.

 

  • Find Money Trees and many other interesting houseplants at The Family Tree Garden Center.  Our knowledgeable, friendly staff is here to help with all your interiorscaping desires.

 

Fiddle Leaf Fig – Interior Design Dream Plant

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It’s time to join “The Fiddle Club.” Bringing this popular and sought after house plant to your living space has a variety of benefits. Within recent years, it has become a hit in the world of design because they have the ability to seamlessly mix into any area in your house. This fig tree has also been proven to purify your air with its tiny holes in the leaves to draw in toxins and balance the humidity in the rooms they occupy. In order for these trees to thrive, there are some specific care tips to follow.

Watering 

Like many houseplants, fig trees can be finicky when it comes to its water needs. Fiddle-leaf fig trees are native to West African tropical rainforests, and therefore get plenty of water from rainfall. The best way to gauge its thirst would be to check its soil frequently, as it needs to stay consistently moist.  Some signs of under-watering include limp or floppy leaves.  While it does require a good amount of water, be careful not to overwater. The typical 4 to 5 foot fig tree will take about 2 liters of water once a week.  A good rule of thumb is to check the top inch of soil; if it is dry, it’s time to water!

Exposure 

Fiddle Leaf Fig trees are pretty easy when it comes to sunlight need. It will do well in what the average house provides.  It is recommended to expose it to a large amount of indirect sunlight for about half the day.  Direct sunlight can “bleach” the leaves.  As for temperature, the Fiddle Leaf Fig will tolerate normal indoor temperatures, but they don’t do well in colder or drafty areas (they come from a hot, tropical area, remember?). During the cooler months, it is recommended to occasionally mist the leaves to keep them from drying out.65cc53b8bd6b39fcedaccf319a984db2

Fertilizing 

Over-fertilizing the Fiddle Leaf Fig is a common mistake because it doesn’t like to be fed often. Overfeeding can cause the plants to grow much too fast and get “leggy,” before they can establish their stems and roots, causing them to become limp with too-heavy greenery.  Fertilizing just a few times a year is adequate for the fiddle leaf.  Apply one dose early spring, and once a month during the summer.  Use a quality houseplant fertilizer for best results.

Pruning 

Fiddle Leaf Fig trees are just that; a tree! Naturally, they want to grow tall and skinny. If that’s what you would like for your space, very little pruning is required. However, if you’d like to keep the bushy structure, let the plant get to the height you prefer. Once it’s there, occasionally clip the top which will force it to branch outward instead of upward. You can also prune its roots in the dormant (winter) months to keep it from growing too tall too fast. To do this, simply lift the plant out of its pot, cut back some of the roots, add some new soil, and place it right back in its container.

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Transporting

The Fiddle Leaf fig is easily stressed out if moved from area to area. This is simply because it adjusts to its surroundings, and must readjust quickly if moved. The important thing to remember is to keep it out of direct sunlight and out of drafty areas. If you move it outside during the summer, allow it to get a little bit of morning sun, and a lot of afternoon shade. When you move it back in during the fall, do it slowly over time, and make sure it’s in before the first frost!

Overall, the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is a fresh, great houseplant. They can seem a bit temperamental but adapt well with these few instructions. The result is a beautiful and happy addition to your home!

 

 

 

Christmas Is Just Days Away

Christmas is only days away! Are you ready?  Well, we are here to help make your holidays merry and bright for you and everyone on your Christmas list.  Take a look at a few of our deals.  Every day we are putting more items on special so if you haven’t signed up for our e-newsletter, you can sign up now to be in the know about our upcoming sales and specials.

Gift Card Sale. Now through Christmas Eve you can buy a gift and get a gift from us.
Buy a $50 gift card…get a $10 gift card FREE
Buy a $75 gift card…get a $15 gift card FREE
Buy a $100 gift card…get a $20 gift card FREE
Free gift cards are valid January 1, 2017-March 2, 2017.  Perfect for spring planting!  Give a gift that everyone loves and you can treat yourself with the free spring gift card!  You can even buy our gift cards online and we will send them to you within 48 hours!

Christmas décor is on sale for 40% off. Our décor is special, unique and beautiful.  Our designers can help you with ideas for your trees, tables, mantels, and gifts.  You’re sure to find the perfect decoration here!
20160919_082727Christmas ornaments are on sale for 50% off. Your guests will be saying OOOO, AHHHH when they see your Christmas tree decorated with our special ornaments.

Fraser Fir Christmas Trees start at $29.95 for 6-7 foot (regularly $39.95) You can put up a few trees at that price!  And with the great ornament sale, you’ll have plenty of sparkle on your trees!  Our trees are hand selected.  We give your tree a fresh cut and load it on your car for you.  Don’t forget the Tree Bag for easy removal after Christmas and the Prolong to add to your water to help your tree stay fresher longer.

Brighten up your décor with Poinsettias! 30% off these colorful Christmas plants. Choose from red, pink, and white.poinsettia-ipad-painting

Whatever your Christmas desires are, we can help bring your vision to life. Stop by and talk to one of our designers today!

Christmas Trees

perfect-treeFraser Firs:  Our Fraser Fir Christmas trees are hand selected in North Carolina and shipped to us directly from the farm.  With over 2000 trees to choose from in our covered tree forest, you can see your perfect tree from all sides by using our unique hanging system.  We give your tree a fresh cut and secure it to your car or truck before you take it home.  Our trees are watered EVERY DAY so they will stay fresher longer.

Silver Tip Designer Trees:  These trees are grown wild and sustainably harvested from the mountains of California.  Eachsilvertip tree is unique, none look alike because they are not grown from clones.  These rare Silver Tips have a unique “open” look, silver tipped foliage, and are sought after by interior designers.  Very few Silver Tips are available due to the unique harvesting method.

Flocked Fraser Firs:  To flock a tree we start by giving a Fraser Fir a clean cut and securing it to a wooden untitled-1tree stand.  Our expert then takes the tree and sprays it completely with a wood pulp/glue mixture that we call flocking.  This is an intense process that takes experience.  Our flocking material is non-toxic and flame resistant.  Flocked trees do not need to be watered! A big plus!  To take a flocked tree home, we will wrap your tree in plastic and secure it to your car or truck.  These trees need very little care and will look beautiful for the entire season!

Ice Kissed Flocked Trees:  The Family Tree Exclusive!  While these trees are being flocked, we sprinkle them with non-toxic translucent crystals that create sparkles and twinkles! These trees are festive and have added texture and color.

20151129_121909-1Caring for the Tree (Unflocked)

  • The Family Tree Garden Center will give your tree a fresh cut before you take it home.  This is very important to open up the pores so that it can absorb water.  Place your tree in a bucket of water immediately when you get home.  Even if you are not setting it up in your home just yet.
  • Consider spraying your tree with WILT STOP™ before bringing it indoors.  WILT STOP™ is a non-toxic tree resin that helps your tree from drying out and losing its needles.  It can extend the enjoyment of your tree for quite a while.  (Spray before you bring your tree inside!)
  • Watering is critical. A freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours!
  • When you bring your tree inside and set it up, fill the tree stand with water and keep it filled. (Using a Santa’s Water Wand can make watering easier.)
  • Never let the water level go below the tree’s base.
  • Indoors, keep the tree away from heating ducts or other heat sources. In fact, the lower the temperature, the better the tree will do.
  • We recommend adding Prolong™ to your water to help your tree stay fresher longer.

Camellias For Southern Yards

yuletide-2015We love Camellias here in the south! So much so, it is Alabama’s state flower.  But here in Georgia, each early winter and early spring, the vast varieties of Camellias come alive in our landscapes.  More than 3,000 varieties of camellias exist.  They have a wide range of colors, forms, and sizes; and deer don’t eat them.  As a rule of thumb, Camellia sasanqua blooms late fall/early winter and have smaller leaves.  Camellia japonica tends to bloom late winter/early spring and have large leaves.

Establishing new plants. Plant new Camellias in the spring or fall.  This will give them plenty of time to establish roots before the harsh winter and summer.  Plant your Camellia with half existing soil and half quality amendments like Fafard Planting Mix or Mushroom Compost.  Dig the hole twice the size of the root ball and about as deep.  Plant just as deep as it is in the pot – no deeper.  Give your Camellias and all your plants a boost with Espoma BioTone!  We here at The Family Tree are amazed at the difference this root starter fertilizer makes on all plants!  Mulch thoroughly to keep roots cool and the soil moist. Regular watering is critical during the first year. Water thoroughly; then let the top of the soil go slightly dry before the next watering.

Exposure and watering. Camellias generally prefer partial shade, with shelter from hot afternoon sun.  As they grow larger and their gay-baby_thick canopy of leaves shades and cools their roots, they gradually will accept more sun.  Shade gardening is easy when including Camellias.  You can plant Helleborus and Hosta to add beautiful color and texture.  Camellias don’t care for strong winds and hot sun.

Fertilizing. Your first fertilization should be when planted, as stated above, with Espoma BioTone to give your new plant the initial nutrients it needs.  Camellias prefer acidic fertilizers in the spring after the flowers have dropped off.   Fertilize again in June if the foliage is not a dark green.  Always follow the label instructions, never overdo the fertilizer.

Camellia problems. Camellias can typically overcome most problems with proper fertilization and treatment as needed.  Scorched or yellowed areas in the center of leaves usually indicate a sunburn. Burnt leaf edges, excessive leaf drop, or corky leaf spots generally point to overfertilizing. Camellias do well in the south because of our acidic soil.  If the leaves turn yellow with green veins it usually means they are planted in neutral or alkaline soil and the pH need to be corrected with iron sulfate or acidic fertilizer.

Scale is a common pest. These pests look like tiny brown or white specks on leaf undersides; sooty mold grows on the honeydew they secrete. Infested leaves turn yellow and drop. To treat Scale, apply horticultural oil or a systemic insecticide, following label instructions.

Two fungal diseases are common. Camellia petal blight causes flowers to turn brown rapidly, then drop. Sanitation is the best control: pick up and destroy all fallen blossoms as well as infected ones still on the plant. Remove and discard any existing mulch, then replace it with a 4- to 5-in. layer of fresh mulch. Camellia leaf gall causes leaves to become distorted, pale, thick, and fleshy; they gradually turn white, then brown, then drop from the plant. The best control is to pick up and destroy affected leaves before they turn white.

Bud drop is a frequent complaint. To some extent, this is natural for all camellias (many set more buds than they can open), but it also may be caused by overwatering, summer drought, or sudden freezes.

Pruning. Some varieties of Camellias can get pretty tall and rangy.  Prune after blooming has ended. Remove dead or weak wood; thin out growth when it is so dense that flowers have no room to open properly. Shorten lower branches to encourage upright growth; cut back top growth to make lanky shrubs bushier. When pruning, cut just above a scar that marks the end of the previous year’s growth (often a slightly thickened, somewhat rough area where bark texture and color change slightly). Making your cuts just above this point usually forces three or four dominant buds into growth.

Camellias in containers. Camellias are outstanding container plants whether you grow them outdoors on a terrace or indoors in a cool greenhouse. As a general rule, plant gallon-size camellias in 12- to 14-in.-diameter containers, 5-gallon ones in 16- to 18-in. containers. Fill the container with a potting mix containing 50 percent or more organic material. Make sure the container has a generous drainage hole.

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Berries For Your Birds

Adding berry producing trees and shrubs to your yard can expand your bird-viewing pleasure. Since fall is the best time for planting, consider adding a few of these “feeders” this time of year. Not only will they offer nutrition to your backyard birds, they will be lovely additions to your landscape. Our year-round resident birds that eat bugs summer, spring, and fall are forced to switch to berries in the winter. Robins, bluebirds, and mockingbirds, for instance, don’t have bill structures to hull the seeds that you would add to your bird feeders, so they’re dependent almost entirely on berries.20160121_081635-1

Fall and winter berries tend to be high in fat and carbs that birds need for energy.   The nutrition in these berries also help them replace all those worn feathers, bulk-up for migration or ready themselves for winter.

Most of the berry producing plants also provide shelter. Birds will choose safety over food so choose areas where your birds will feel safe.  Consider planting in clusters and near other vegetation to create natural protection against predators. If you plant your berry producing plants with limited cover or protection, you will think your birds are ignoring your offering of wonderful berries.

  • Autumn berries: Dogwoods, cotoneasters, Dwarf Burford Holly, Nellie R Stevens Holly, and Beautyberry provide food for migratory birds, both to build up fat reserves before migration and to sustain them along their journey. Non-migratory birds also fatten up on these so they can enter the winter season in good physical condition.waxwing-fruit-tree
  • Winter berries: Crabapple, Sumacs, Cranberry Viburnum, Virginia Creeper, and Winterberry (holly) are all valuable to birds for both food and shelter. These plants hold their berries for a long time so that resident birds and early returning migrants can feed. Robins, Bluejays, Finches, and Mockingbirds are among the birds drawn to these plants in winter.
  • Nuts and acorns: Oaks and hickories, provide food for titmice, jays, and some woodpeckers. Insects drawn to their spring flowers provide food for spring-migrating birds. These trees also provide nesting habitat for many species.

Planting trees and shrubs that birds love will not only increase your bird viewing pleasure but will also enhance the beauty and texture of your landscape.

Feel free to ask any of our associates to help you plan your bird sanctuary or check out our FREE Quick Sketch service here.