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How to Plant Flowers Around a Bird Bath

By Kathleen Sonntag ; Updated September 21, 2017

A birdbath is not just for the birds. It is also for you to enjoy observing them as they bathe and drink. The plants you select for the area surrounding the birdbath are for both you and the birds, too. Attract birds with plants that provide color, food, shelter, and landing perches near the birdbath. The resource below is a link to enature.com, a good source of native plants by geographical location.

Select plants that provide color, food and shelter for the birds. Consider annual and perennial flowers, flowering shrubs, bulbs for spring bloom, and grasses. Choose plants that are native to your area to attract the birds. Visit a nursery and ask for plants that attract hummingbirds and shrubs that all birds can perch on and hide in.

Prepare the soil around the birdbath by loosening it and adding organic compost. Leave a level surface for the birdbath.

Place planting holes around the birdbath. Leave space to approach and stand by the birdbath.

Plant flowers, grasses and shrubs around the birdbath placing low-growing flowers in front of taller ones.

Water the new plants thoroughly and cover the area with mulch.


Things You Will Need

  • birdbath
  • plants suitable for your area
  • organic compost
  • organic mulch
  • shovel/trowel


  • Place stepping stones in planting area to give you access to the birdbath without harming the plants.
  • Hang a bird feeder near the birdbath.
  • Visit a local nursery and ask about native plants that attract birds.


  • Use organic soil and mulch so the birds have safe food and shelter around their birdbath.

About the Author


Kathleen Sonntag lives in Carmel, California, where she is a writer, teacher and editor. She is a Master Gardener and writes articles for gardening publications. Sonntag has written and edited reading test passages and has edited children's books, cookbooks and memoirs. Her articles appear on GardenGuides.com. Sonntag holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley.