Q: I would like to plant bushes that will attract birds in fall and winter. I’m thinking of something that produces a berry they eat? – J.W., Winfield, Indiana
A: Birds require not only food such as fruits and seeds, but also shelter and water. Planting a variety of plants that offer these resources across the seasons will help attract more birds to your yard. Some native shrubs to consider include:
Symphoricarpos (snowberry and coralberry)
Viburnum (several species)
More information on attracting birds and other wildlife to your yard in Purdue Forestry & Natural Resources publication FNR-247-W.