Themed gardens are a popular among gardeners. While there are a variety of themes for a flower garden, one of the most common is a garden to attract birds. A hanging basket garden designed to do so will allow you an up-close and personal look at your feathered friends while keeping your garden chores manageable.
Gardeners assemble a variety of plants in hanging baskets, which are then arranged into hanging basket gardens. This form of container planting is great for people who have limited garden space and for those that have no lawn at all. Instead, they create beautiful displays to hang off their porch, railing or balcony.
To start your own hanging basket garden, you’ll need planters, basket liners, soil, water and plants. The biggest obstacle to maintain these plants is keeping them properly watered. Hanging baskets drain and dry out quickly, so in most cases daily watering is required.
On the flip side, the great thing about hanging baskets is that you can choose exactly what goes in every inch of the basket. It takes some true designing skills to look great.
By hanging two or three baskets next to the first, a hanging basket garden is underway! Hang them in a row along a balcony or off the same hook or plant stand but at multiple levels. No matter, the final look of it makes for a stunning effect.
While not every plant in your hanging basket can be 100 percent beneficial to birds, most are in one way or another. At the very least, the plant material inside a hanging basket can be used for emergency cover or as nesting material. Others will harbor bugs that birds love to eat.
Of course, some plants are definitely attractive to birds on their own, mostly as food. Some examples are:
Are there more plants that birds love for one reason or another? Definitely! Try new combinations each season and observe what birds do when they visit your hanging baskets. You’ll be surprised how often a feathered friend drops in on one for a bite to eat!
Now that your bird friendly hanging basket is planted, you need to consider a few other things to entice the birds to visit.
Another not-so-surprising way birds use your hanging baskets is as a nesting site. American Robins, in particular, find hanging baskets to be ideal nest sites. This is because most robins will build their nests on a platform or outcropping, and a hanging basket makes a handy substitute!
If a bird builds a nest in one of your hanging baskets, do your best not to disturb the growing family. Watering the plants could be difficult because you don’t want to soak the nest, eggs or any chicks. It’s best to water it minimally if at all. Luckily, you can rely on the weather to do some watering.
Another concern is that you may end up with a territorial bird nesting in your hanging basket. If that’s the case, watch out! They will dive bomb you whenever you get too close!
Most birds incubate their eggs for about two weeks and then take another two or three weeks to raise their young, so don’t get too impatient.