A good bird garden cannot be built to a formula. Its creation is a matter of subtle orchestration – of location, aspect, and the careful selection of plants suitable to the locality, soil-type and size of your garden.
If you have the space, you should chose plants that will become a community of diverse heights and differing foliage, with flowering times that follow one another in rotation throughout the year.
The aim of a good bird garden should be to provide a diversity of levels and vegetation, which will provide feed, shelter, refuge, roosting places and nesting sites. There should be if possible, at least one tall leafy tree or a high bare perch, to attract the passing trade and give birds a safe lookout over the garden before they risk coming down.
You will also need to provide plenty of clean water in fish ponds or bird baths. I prefer to use ponds because you get a water feature and the fish will eat the mozzie larvae.
Once you’ve attended to all of this you can think about supplementing a bit of food and providing nest-boxes or hollows. While all this might seem like a lot of time and effort, remember time was invented by nature to prevent everything happening at once and allow you to enjoy it all. The obvious choice for your bird attracting shrubs are the nectar rich native Grevillea’s, Banksia’s and Callistemon’s.