AS the weather warms up you might be looking forward to spending more time in your garden.
but did you know you can also enjoy having more birds visit your outdoor space simply by adding a few plants?
According to the gardening experts from Homes & Gardens you can either pick plants which will attract specific species of birds, or plant some greenery to act as a safe haven for a large variety.
And since different birds are more common in different locations, you'll have the most success if you "locally native plants which brim with nutritious insects, berries, nectar, and seeds and give birds vital refuge," National Audobon Society explained.
That doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune on plants though, here are three you can plant in your garden without breaking the bank.
This plant, which is also known as Lonicera Sempervirens, grows small berries which are a good food source for songbirds in your garden.
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The plant is pretty low maintenance too – simply pop it somewhere with partial shade and support to climb up as it grows.
Add the plant to a trellis for a pop of colour and birds should love paying a visit to your garden.
This plant has stunning purple blooms and is can attract not just birds, but butterflies to your garden.
The pros at Homes & Garden explained: "Milkweed produces very fluffy seeds, so that they can be carried on the wind.
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"This fluff, however, also forms a vital nesting material for goldfinches and yellow warblers.
"The seeds themselves are also a nutritious snack for seed-eating birds. "
A great choice if you don't have much space in your garden, coneflowers will thrive in a sunny spot with well-drained soil.
The blooms are loved by finches and cardinals, as well as vital pollinators – and you can buy seeds to grow in shops like Homebase for as little as £2.80.
Not only that, but the long stems of this plant can "provide foraging and respite cover for birds searching for food in the soil," Jordan Rutter noted.
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