Your mom loves watching birds, but squirrels devour the seed she puts out before birds get to it. Your mom also enjoys gardening. Spend time outside in the sun and fresh air and establish a flower garden that provides birdseed after the flowers have bloomed.

Gardening is good exercise. It also helps ease stress. This makes it a win-win hobby that adds lasting benefits as the flowers bloom and scent the air. Position the garden near a window to watch the birds from inside during the cooler months. On warmer days, a bench or garden chair will allow you and your mom to sit outside and see what birds flock to the garden. These flowers are ideal for birdseed gardens.

Black-Eyed Susan

This sunny yellow flower has a distinct black center. It’s that center that develops small seeds that songbirds like chickadees and goldfinches enjoy. It also appeals to butterflies and hummingbirds throughout the summer. At one to two feet, this is the flower to place in the front row.

Coneflower

Coneflower (echinacea) is popular with people looking for perennials that return year after year. Birds love the small seeds. Blue jays, cardinals, and goldfinches are among the birds you’ll see snacking on coneflower seeds. Coneflower tends to be in the two- to three-foot range, so it’s a good plant to place behind black-eyed Susan.

Liatris

Liatris or blazing star is a spiky purple flower that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. By fall, the seeds will attract birds like a chickadee, goldfinch, or titmouse. They tend to be reach heights of five to six feet.

Primrose

Evening primrose can be as high as four feet, so you want them in the mid-point of your garden. When seeds are ready, they’ll attract a variety of finches and siskins.

Sorghum Bicolor

Sorghum isn’t a flower, but the feathery plumes are great as the backdrop in a birdseed garden. The stalks can grow up to 10 feet high. Place this behind sunflowers for a showy backdrop in colors ranging from burgundy to gold. While not every bird likes sorghum, it is one that doves, pheasants, and even turkeys enjoy.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers are usually very tall and should be the flower in the back rows of the garden. If you buy sorghum seed, place the sunflowers right in front of the sorghum.

The stalks should support the large flower, but a quick fence crafted from stakes and trellis will help with support if necessary. Once the flowers dry out, birds will flock to them and eat the seeds straight from the flower.

If you stick to perennials, weeding, watering, and mulching will be the bulk of the work you do once the garden is established. Your mom can have birds returning year after year.

You may not be able to help her all week. You can have senior care aides stopping by to monitor her time outside in her gardens. Senior care aides can make sure she stays hydrated and applies sunscreen. Call to make arrangements.

If you or an aging loved one is considering senior care in Cape Elizabeth, ME, please contact the caring staff at CareTree Healthcare today. Call today! 207-899-0774.