|Posted on January 17, 2016 at 8:15 PM|
Remember plants, shrubs and trees can have a variety of uses in any avi-ary, including protection from weather extremes, aesthetic, attracting in-sects, and providing nesting or perching places. Choose though, accord-ing to the birds you keep, bearing in mind that many hook bills can be quite destructive. Worth trying include...
1] Cotoneaster –available in ground covering or bush varieties. It is hardy, evergreen and easy to grow.
2] Lavender– inexpensive, fragrant, quite hardy and the flowers attract insects.
3] Conifers– evergreen, but choose the smaller/dwarf species, and they provide ideal perching/nesting places.
4] Bamboo– again choose dwarf species and trim regularly; they pro-vide good shelter.
5] Hollyhock– flowering stems provide colour and harbour heaps of insect life for food.
BUT...Avoid the following which are poisonous to birds...
Azalea, Bird of Paradise, Buttercup, Calla Lily, Castor oil plant, Clema-tis, Daffodil, Daphne, Dieffenbachia, Egg plant, Labarum, Mock orange, Morning Glory, Nightshade Family, Taro, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Japa-nese Yew, Lantana, Lily-of -the-Valley, Oleander, Philodendron, Poinset-tia, Rhododendron, Rhubarb, Sweet pea, Virginia Creeper, and Wisteria.
Note...I use Mock Orange in my zebra flights, with no ill effects.
Article courtesy of Jenny Stolberg