We have two beautiful Kousa dogwoods (Cornus kousa) that my friend Sally planted in honor of our children's baptisms. Throughout the fall, these trees provide luscious red berries that attract wild birds like mad. And as a bonus, it seems that there must be some fruit leftover in the beds for spring, because there are always lots of cardinals in that bed enjoying something.
I fuss each spring, because the trees are in a bed with perennials underneath, and lots of little dogwoods sprout from the pods that the birds miss. But after I quit fuming, I easily dig these seedlings. Into the garden cart, out to the back of the house, down to the hill we go - and I now have a grove of Kousa dogwoods growing along the edge of the woods.
Lois Trigg Chaplin's "The Southern Gardener's Book of Lists" gives several suggestions for attracting hummingbirds to the garden. They include red buckeye (Aesculus pavia), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), flowering crabapples (Malus spp.) and American beech (Fagus grandifolia).
If anyone has any suggestions for Nancy, please let us know.
Dinner is served
"To me, the garden is a doorway to other worlds; one of them, of course, is the world of birds. The garden is their dinner table, bursting with bugs and worms and succulent berries." - Anne Raver
Sara Busse is a Charleston resident and Master Gardener. She may be contacted at sjbu...@gmail.com.