plants capable of surviving bird stomping!

Jenny_J(zone 9 texas)April 3, 2005

Hi all! I have a window box underneath our bird feeder. The doves and squirrels spend most of their time in the window box, eating the kicked-out bird seed from the feeder. As a result, they stomp the living daylights out of everything that I have planted in the window box. I'd love to find a plant (perhaps like a groundcover) that coule be planted in that window box, resist stompage...and, (here's the clincher): it needs to be a very hardy plant. I live in S. Texas and the location of the window box is hot, hot, hot and gets direct sun for most of the day. Is this an impossible quest? p.s. I love the doves and squirrels, so finding a plant to plant there that they would approve of too would be grand.

Thanks so much!

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Does it have to be a pretty plant? What about catnip?

    Bookmark   April 5, 2005 at 4:17PM
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Jenny_J(zone 9 texas)

It doesn't have to be pretty, but we have cats who get to go out on the deck supervised. The location of the windowbox is such that they're not allowed up there (there's a potential escape hatch up there). I wouldn't want to encourage them to climb up around the window box by putting catnip there. Why it stomp-proof?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2005 at 10:54AM
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I don't know if it's stomp-proof, but we had some growing in our yard, and my husband would even weedeat it every other week or so, and it would still grow back. So I just thought it might be able to take some bird stomping too. I can see why you wouldn't want to plant it though if it's a place that's off limits to the cats.

Maybe you could grow another kind of mint that's not catnip? I have never grown any other kind of mint before, so I can't tell you if it's as tough or hardy as catnip.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2005 at 12:17PM
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jillmcm(z6 PA)

There's not much that can survive constant bird tromping (I tried and tried to grow things under one set of feeders and finally gave up). I guess I'd suggest moving the windowbox...

    Bookmark   April 6, 2005 at 2:06PM
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serenoa(z8b, FL)

Yarrow, Achillea millefolia, works pretty well for me most of the year. It does nearly disappear in mid-winter but comes back strong in spring. It likes a hot, sunny spot.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2005 at 5:52AM
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