Of all the colorful shrubs you wrote about which ones would be most attractive to birds and other wildlife? I like the idea of planting plants that support the wildlife in my area in particular birds since I live in a particular area of Illinois that protects certain rare bird species.
BTW: Love the shrub articles-very informative! Thank you!
I have recently retired and am now REALLY getting into gardening. Since I live just southeast of Omaha, and most gardening tips seem to target the 6-7 zone, I really, really enjoy your more northern articles. I'm interested in planting Elderberry as I'm also an enthusiastic birder and want to provide the birds with food. So I'm hoping for some guidance with a few questions. 1.) Which Elderberry tree would you suggest for my area (Bellevue?) 2.) Years ago my Grandfather made a small amount of Elderberry wine each year. Which type of Elderberry tree is best for this purpose?..and 3.) Do you need at least 2 trees (male and female) for the trees to produce berries...and if so, how do you determine a tree's sex? Happy gardening!
I'm sure any would do well in your area. I am not versed in which are the best for wine but trees are both male and female...they just prefer to cross to each other rather than to themselves so you only need to plant two bushes...you don't need to worry which are male or female as they are both!