Answer: Providing habitat for birds is a great reason for gardening! In your design, be sure to offer a birdbath or fountain that can operate throughout the year. A water source is often more attractive to our feathered friends than birdfeeders.
Some fruiting shrubs that do well with little sun include elderberries (Sorbus species), hollies (Ilex species), gold-dust plant (Aucuba japonica), lemonleaf (Gaultheria shallon), Gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa), Redosier Dogwood (Cornus sericea), Burning Bush (Euonymus alata), Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium), Privet (Ligustrum vulgare).
For other plant ideas, check the Shady Oaks Nursery Web site (http://www.shadyoaks.com) for a great variety of perennial plants for your backyard bird sanctuary. They provide a wealth of very helpful information about gardening in shade as well. Enjoy!
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