Berries for the Birds

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In this episode of Down the Garden Path, Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss bushes with berries for the birds that you can add to your landscape. These bushes are different than other fruit bushes like blueberry and raspberry, etc. 

They came up with five different ones for you to consider and a few honourable mentions.

Five shrubs to attract, feed, and help shelter birds in your yard in the colder months of the year: 

  • Common Snowberry, Symphoricarpos alba
  • Black Chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa
  • Chokecherry, Prunus virginiana
  • Beautyberry, Callicapra americana
  • American elderberry, Sambucus canadensis

Honourable mentions: 

  • Viburnums, Viburnum spp. (Listen to our Viburnum podcast here.)
  • American Bittersweet vine, Celastrus scandens.
  • Eastern Red Cedar, Juniperus virginiana
  • Oregon Grape Holly, Mahonia aquifolium
  • Cotoneaster, Cotoneaster spp.

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Resources mentioned during the show

Down the Garden Path: A Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden

Down the Garden Path Podcast

On Down The Garden Path, professional landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes.

As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of Toronto for over a decade. A horticulturist and landscape designer, Matthew Dressing owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto and the Eastern GTA. Together, they do their best to bring you interesting, relevant and useful topics to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as possible.

Down the Garden Path: A Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario GardenIn their book, Down the Garden Path: A Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden, Joanne and Matthew distill their horticultural and design expertise and their combined experiences in helping others create and maintain thriving gardens into one easy-to-read monthly reference guide. It’s now available on Amazon.

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