Best Plants for Attracting Birds in the Mountain West

Bring birds to your mountain garden with these eye-catching native plants.
Oregon Grapeholly

The neighborhood songbirds will be eating from your hand, or at least from your garden, when you plant a mix of native plants in the home landscape.

Choke cherry (Prunus virginiana), a shrub with fragrant, cream-color blossoms in late spring, bears a feast of dark red fruit prized by birds and humans.

Mountain ash (Sorbus scopulina) thrives with little watering. Waxwings like the bright red, hollylike fruit that other birds avoid.

Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia repens), produces yellow blossoms in spring, but the deep blue berries of this low-growing evergreen shrub are the summer attraction.

Rocky Mountain juniper?s (Juniperus scopulorum) abundant seeds and berries are produced from fall into winter, attracting Cedar Waxwings, Northern Mockingbirds, Evening Grosbeaks, and more.

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), a warm-season grass, provides foraging birds a winter seed source and moderate cover. Light blue-green leaves provide contrast to flowering plants.

Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) draw Mourning Doves and a variety of songbirds.